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Duterte Legacy: Fulfilled promises to PH citizenry

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur (PIA)–As the government envisioned bringing in betterment for the country, President Rodrigo “Digong” Roa Duterte ensured that his promises for his administration be delivered to citizens.

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar introduced to the people of Lanao del Sur on Thursday, October 14, the Duterte Legacy campaign as the fulfilled vows and accomplishments of the President.

“Duterte Legacy talaga ay mga nagawa ni Presidente Digong para sa ating bayan, iyong mga naideliver niya na mga proyekto at pangako noong 2016 ay naibigay niya talaga sa kanyang termino,” he said in an interview over DXSO Radyo Pilipinas Marawi.

[The Duterte Legacy is really the accomplishments of President Digong for our country, those projects and promises in 2016 he delivered were really given in his term.]

Andanar stressed that the legacy has major pillars consisting of peace and order, poverty alleviation, and infrastructure development.

He cited that for peace and order, Duterte enacted the Bangsamoro Organic Law which established the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) while Executive Order No. 70 created the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) which led to the surrender of about 19,000 rebels.  Crime volume, on the other hand, was pulled down to 64% with roughly 22,000 barangays cleared from drugs making public places more peaceful than ever.

Andanar also talked about poverty alleviation wherein the poverty incidence decreased from 24% to 14% and 6.5 million Filipinos were employed through the Build, Build, Build Program which is a government initiative spending 5% of the GDP for infrastructure projects. This, he said, is the largest so far in the history of Philippine governance and has paved the way for the Golden Age of Infrastructure.

Apart from that, more than 142 Malasakit Centers through the Malasakit Center Law were successfully founded benefitting approximately two million patients with free hospitalization and medicine while the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) was institutionalized through the signed 4Ps Act.

For the anti-corruption drive, the President guaranteed that the administration be open and more transparent, and the ease of doing business be boosted all with the ratification of Executive Order No. 02 upholding the Freedom of Information, strengthening of the Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA), and the creation of Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission.

In connection with the ease of doing business, Andanar highlighted that 99% of low-income earners whose gross income is less than P20,000 monthly are not paying taxes with the new Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law while entrepreneurs in this time of pandemic are aided through a P1 trillion-worth of tax relief for the next ten years to encourage them to venture into businesses again.

He further shared that the education was not left behind as the Free Tuition Law was pushed and already aided 1.6 million students who are not paying tuition fees with the existence of state universities and colleges, and an estimated two million mature-aged students who have graduated from the Alternative Learning System (ALS).

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) was also given attention when 24 machineries such as aircraft and ships among others were procured and the salary of the army and even the policemen was doubled while other security personnel’s Social Security System (SSS) pension increased for P1,000.

Other more government initiatives during this current administration also included free irrigation for fishermen with less than ten-hectare landholding and the extension of passport renewal to ten years and five years for the driver’s license.

With all of these government efforts, the Communication Chief conveyed that the Duterte administration is indeed leaving a legacy with all of the promises to make a progressive country be served.

“Therefore, check lahat ng mga pangako ni President Duterte, peace and order, law and order, anti-corruption drive at poverty alleviation,” said Andanar.

[Therefore, all promises of President Duterte are checked, peace and order, law and order, anti-corruption drive, and poverty alleviation.] (CRG/PIA-Lanao del Sur)