For some, it may be hard to believe, but during a recent press release on Wednesday, palace official Jonas George Soriano insisted that the president is doing so much more than just focusing on the ‘war on illegal drugs’.
Assistant Secretary and Deputy Executive Director of Performance and Project Management of the Cabinet Secretary Soriano stated that “He (Duterte) is doing a lot of which people don’t see. ‘Cause what he does is, especially during the meetings that most of us don’t see, [he] gives a lot of directives.”
Soriano adds that “every secretary wants to get an ear to the President and say, ‘This is what I believe should happen. This is my proposal. But I need some help from you, President. These are what we need,’” explaining that the administration is currently devising a platform that should address both the developmental and security needs of Filipinos.
This was following the concerns expressed by former Philippine president, Fidel Ramos, on national television that Duterte’s seemingly sole purpose is to fight crime and battle against drugs, when this should not be the case for his successor. This is arguably a shared sentiment between both allies and non-supporters of the Duterte administration as displayed on social media.
Additionally, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella cited the AmBisyon Natin 2040, the long-term plan that the government is working on to achieve Duterte’s vision and goal for the country. AmBisyon Natin 2040 was discussed in a public forum held on October 6 2016 by the Ateneo de Naga University.
(source article via Sun Star Manila)
During the public forum, the mentioned ‘AmBisyon Natin 2040‘ reforms, programs, and projects were:
- Widening opportunities for people’s participation and empowerment
- Good governance
- Agriculture development
- Sustainable livelihood
- Education and skills development
- Infrastructure development
- Environmental protection
- and Community resiliency
(source article via NEDA)
Abella stated that the plans of AmBisyon are not yet all that widely known, but they will be fleshed out as soon as it is ready.
Find out more about AmBisyon Natin 2040 here.
Disclaimer: Featured image taken from NEDA government website.