Smooth transition of assured power

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte will ensure a smooth transition of power when he steps down on June 30, 2022, his longtime aide said on Saturday.

Duterte is expected to hand over to President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and his daughter, Vice President-elect Sara Duterte-Carpio, who are both assured of a landslide victory in state and local elections on May 9.

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, in a statement in Filipino, said the president and his transition team prepared early to ensure “a smooth and systematic transition of power” for “uninterrupted government service.”

Go said the new department and agency heads can rest assured that they will find their offices in order and ready to carry out their term of office as directed by the newly elected leaders.

On May 10, Duterte signed Administrative Order (AO) 47 which establishes a Presidential Transition Committee, headed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.

Go said that despite the election being divisive, healing would eventually happen and the Filipino people would come together again.

Go said the new administration would inherit an economy determined to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

On May 12, the gross domestic product of the Philippines would have increased by 8.3% in the first quarter of the year, beating forecasts and expectations.

hand of reconciliation

Meanwhile, Duterte-Carpio urged all victors to be the first to extend the hand of reconciliation to those who lost in the elections in the name of unity.

“During the campaign, I said we should forget the colors that have become the face of our politics,” Duterte-Carpio said in a video message in Filipino as part of his online thanksgiving event on Friday. .

Duterte-Carpio said: “We have to be magnanimous because we are only 31.5 million [voters]”, referring to the number of people who voted for her.

“Kailangan natin sila para tayo is 100% na bansa (We need them so the country can be 100%),” she said.

Duterte-Carpio also expressed her gratitude to Filipinos, including foreign workers, who voted for her and Marcos, as well as to their campaign staff and support groups.

The Vice President-elect also urged her supporters to keep the faith and maintain their support, especially when she and Marcos are finally proclaimed and begin to fulfill their mandates and fulfill their campaign promises.

Education reforms

Duterte-Carpio also pledged to introduce reforms to the Department of Education (DepEd), which Marcos had entrusted to her.

She said that she will work to nurture skilled learners as the country needs a future generation of patriotic Filipinos who advocate peace and discipline in their respective communities.

“Protect the Peace”

Presidential Peace Advisor Carlito Galvez Jr. said he “hopes and prays that the new administration will continue to protect, support and build on the achievements of the country’s peace processes.”

Galvez said the Office of the Presidential Adviser for Peace, Reconciliation and Unity will submit its peace roadmap to the next administration once the new officials take office.

Galvez expressed hope that the roadmap will help the incoming administration formulate its own peace and development agenda as well as “advance the comprehensive peace process in the Philippines.”

Currently, the Duterte administration is implementing the Six-Point Agenda for Peace and Development, which serves as a guide for the peace process, implementation of peace agreements, and protection and development. conflict-affected and vulnerable communities.

The Duterte administration’s peace and development agenda is focused on achieving a just and lasting peace, which is one of the crucial foundations that underpin the pillars of the Philippines Development Plan 2017-2022: Malasakit, Pagbabago , at Patuloy na Pag-unlad (Compassion, Change and Continuous Change).

Within this framework, the peace process in Bangsamoro has two parallel efforts: one for the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and two for the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).

The peace adviser also said the new administration should continue the successful implementation of Executive Order 70, which uses a pan-national approach to end the cycle of violence perpetrated by the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG).

EO 70 led to the creation of the National Task Force for Ending Local Communist Armed (NTF-Elcac), a multi-agency effort that aims to end armed rebellion by directly attacking the roots of the conflict.

Galvez said the NTF-Elcac used Local Peace Engagement (LPE), one of the body’s 12 lines of effort, to effectively engage CTG members and convince them to return to the fold. of the law.

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