Quick look back at Duterte’s 6 years – Manila Bulletin

A comfortable life for all.

President Duterte (photo Malacañang)

It’s what President Duterte pledged to give to every Filipino when he was sworn in as the country’s 16th president in 2016. His presidency was focused on ending illegal drugs, crime and poverty. corruption in three to six months.

Six years after making that promise, let’s look at how he managed to keep that promise.

According to Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, President Duterte’s legacy “will not only be spoken of in years to come, but will also be felt by generations to come.”

Medialdea also touted administration achievements such as infrastructure, accessible health care, free college education, free irrigation, government service reforms, and the near eradication of insurgency and violence. communist extremism.

war on drugs

As of March 31, 2022, its infamous war on drugs has led to the dismantling of 1,130 drug dens and clandestine laboratories, the clearing of 24,766 of 42,045 barangays and the arrest of 14,888 high-value targets, including 527 government employees.

The administration’s anti-drug campaign has seized 76.17 billion pesos worth of shabu and rescued 4,307 minors between the ages of 4 and 17 from illegal drug trafficking. Meanwhile, 6,241 people have been killed in the 233,356 anti-illegal drug operations carried out from July 1, 2016 to March 31, 2022.

Build, Build, Build

One of the Duterte administration’s flagship programs is the Build, Build, Build infrastructure program, which aims to increase the productive capacity of the economy, create jobs, raise incomes and strengthen the climate. of investment leading to sustained and inclusive growth.

Binondo Bridge – Intramuros (Photo courtesy of DPWH)

As of December 2021, a total of 233 airport projects and 484 seaport projects have been completed. There are now 1,200 kilometers of railways in the country, including expansion projects and the ongoing construction of the country’s first metro system.

A total of 34,291 kilometers of roads have been completed as of December 2021 and 5,950 bridges have been completed as of May 2021. The program has seen improved mobility of Metro Manila’s main thoroughfare. In particular, the EDSA Busway has reduced the travel time between Pasay and Monumento from two to three hours to just 40 to 50 minutes.

Important laws

The Duterte administration saw the passage of some important laws, including:

  • Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act (TRAIN)
  • Business Recovery and Business Tax Incentives Act (CREATE)
  • Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Modernization Act
  • The controversial anti-terrorism law
  • Bangsamoro Organic Law, which created Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM)
  • Free Tertiary Education Act, which gave 2.46 million students access to free university education for the 2021-2022 academic year
  • Universal Health Care Act
  • Philippines Identification System Act (PhilSys)
  • Maternity leave law extended to 105 days
  • Telecommuting Act, which allowed employees to work away from their workplace
  • Law on universally accessible, cheaper and quality medicines, which reduced the price of medicines for the most serious diseases by up to 93%

Security, Justice, Peace

President Duterte increased the salaries of military and uniformed personnel and strengthened the country’s defense by adding 24 new military assets, including frigates, air support, planes and helicopters.

File photo of President Duterte inspecting the decommissioned firearms of former Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters during their decommissioning at the compound of the former provincial capitol in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao on September 7, 2019. (Photo by Malacanang)

Despite his rocky relationship with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), Duterte’s programs to reach out to the rebels have resulted in the surrender of 23,097 people to the government as of December 31, 2021.

According to the Inter-Ministerial Mechanism for Normalization (ICCMN), 19,345 Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters have been downgraded and processed for general admission under Phases 1-3 of the normalization program in the Bangsamoro. This is a staggering increase from the benchmark of 145 fighters decommissioned in 2016.

The country’s crime rate has dropped by 73.76% over the past five years. Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said last month that index crimes in the Philippines fell to 34,552 in 2021 from 131,699 in 2016.

One of the events that rocked Duterte’s administration was the five-month-long war against Islamic State-inspired terrorists that left the city of Marawi in ruins in 2017. Since the end of the war in October 2017 , the government has been working to return the war-torn city to its former glory. About 72% of rehabilitation projects and recovery efforts were completed in May.

Housing Secretary Eduardo del Rosario, who heads the government-led Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM), said 56 agencies had completed 164 projects worth 17 billion pesos. Meanwhile, another 35 rehabilitation and recovery projects worth 3.92 billion pesos are underway.

Participatory governance

President Duterte sought to extend the validity of the Philippine passport to 10 years and the driver’s license to five years.

Meanwhile, the Duterte administration’s Freedom of Information (FOI) program received 105,302 requests from 553 government agencies in March 2022.

The president’s campaign against corruption in government led to the sacking of 200 civil servants. He also created the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission and the Anti-Bureaucracy Authority, which reduced easy dealings with the government to just three days.

On top of that, the Duterte administration has seen the rehabilitation of Boracay, where 83% of establishments are now compliant with the 12-meter road easement rule, and 81% are compliant with the 25+5 beach easement limit. meters from June 2021. .

Economic development

Under Duterte, 75 billion pesos of Coco Levy funds accrued to coconut farmers, while an annual fund of 10 billion pesos is allocated to more than 674,000 rice farmers. As of March 2021, some 834,000 hectares of paddy fields nationwide are now producing more rice, while 1,033,778 farmers have benefited from the free irrigation law since December 15, 2021.

Duterte saw the implementation of tax reform programs, including the TRAIN law, which allowed the government to raise 305 billion pesos in additional revenue in the first three years of implementation. According to the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), 99% of employees no longer pay income tax under the TRAIN Act.

The CREATE Act reduced corporate tax for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and other businesses from 30% to 20%. It has also provided tax relief worth 1 trillion pesos over the next 10 years.

A total of 9.64 billion pesos in loans under the P3 loan program have been granted to 238,737 micro and small enterprises since 2017.

Recently, President Duterte signed the amendments to the Civil Service Law and the Foreign Investment Law to boost economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Human development and poverty reduction

With the free higher education program, 1,623,642 students received free tuition from 2020 to 2021. There were also 2,012,618 Alternate Learning System (ALS) graduates from 2017 to 2020. There will be 10.582 million of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) graduates from 2016 to 2021.

There were 11,531 active “Free Wi-Fi for All” sites nationwide as of December 15, 2021.

Recently, the President signed into law Republic Act No. 11650, which establishes Inclusive Learning Centers in all school districts to provide learners with disabilities with accessible and appropriate public education and related services based on their needs to develop their full potential as autonomous participants. members of society.

A total of 109,035,343 Filipinos were immediately eligible for universal health care, while 258 billion pesos were disbursed. About 3.3 million Filipinos have been helped by Malasakit centers.

Meanwhile, more than 643.2 billion pesos have been disbursed to 4.26 million beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino (4Ps) program from 2016 to November 2021. In 2018, the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) has said 6 million Filipinos had been lifted out of poverty. A total of 1,030,886 housing units for the poor were delivered from July 2016 to November 2021.

Pandemic response

To deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, President Duterte passed the Bayanihan To Heal As One Act and the Bayanihan To Recover As One Act. It is the largest social protection program in the country’s history.

President Duterte meets with key members of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases on April 11, 2022. (Malacañang Photo)

By August 2021, around 9,000 temporary treatment and monitoring facilities had been built, while there were 813 Covid-19 facilities built as of December 6, 2021.

The number of public health workers in the country increased by 10.2% to 60,142 between 2016 and 2020.

To help workers affected by the pandemic, some 7.588 million displaced workers have been assisted by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). A total of 911,867 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) affected by the pandemic have been repatriated as of February 1, 2022. Some 6.833 million OFWs have also been assisted through the OFW One-Stop Service Center in November 2021.

In March this year, Malacañang issued an executive order on the ten-point program on economic recovery from Covid-19, aimed at keeping the country more resilient under the new normal. The ten-point program retains the existing alert level system while easing restrictions on domestic and international travel, public transport capacity and allowing face-to-face classes, among other things.

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