MALACAÑANG yesterday underscored the “drastic changes” President Rodrigo Duterte has introduced in government after he won a campaign promising “tunay na pagbabago.”
“Six months have passed since his (Duterte’s) inauguration as the 16th President, the nation has already witnessed drastic changes in public governance characterized by courageous and compassionate leadership and consistent performance,” Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar said in a statement on Duterte’s yearend accomplishment, which also marked his first six months in office.
Other Duterte-accomplishments according to Andanar, were the gains made in the so-called war on drugs, the push for an independent foreign policy, and the peace process with communist and Moro rebels.
He also claimed that the Duterte government had turned the growth of the country’s economy into the “fastest among emerging Asian economies” and brought unemployment to its lowest level in over a decade.
Andanar also cited the Duterte administration’s commitment to spend more on infrastructure “to usher in the golden age of infrastructure and bring forth the promise of real change in the country.”
The government also prioritized support to the poorest by implementing and improving basic services, with an emphasis on free education, free hospitalization and medicine, and free irrigation, he added.
“The President hit the ground running in the first six months and we expect much more will be done in the succeeding months and years,” Andanar said.
“After all, the President’s heart is in the right place, and he has only the interests of the Filipino people and the nation in his mind first and foremost.”