ALMOST 10 months after assuming the highest political post of the land, President Duterte remains committed to addressing the Filipino people’s most urgent concerns.
The national concerns include increasing the pay of workers, both in the government and private sector, controlling inflation or price increases and generating more jobs.
It will be recalled that Duterte, the first Chief Executive from impoverished and troubled Mindanao, articulated his visions during the heated 2016 election campaign period.
The Filipino people’s concerns are among the priorities of the government as highlighted in the 10-point socio-economic agenda of Duterte, embodied in the Philippine Economic Development Plan 2017-22.
Note that President Duterte is also out to rid the country of shabu and other illegal drugs, graft and corruption and criminality.
Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said the 72-year-old Chief Executive from Davao City is particularly concerned for the country’s “poor, excluded and underserved.”
Abella said the Duterte administration was increasing spending on “infrastructure and social welfare protection, improving ease on doing business and creating more jobs to sustain the economic growth.”
A recent Pulse Asia survey showed that the people’s most urgent concern was increasing the salaries of workers. This was followed by controlling inflation and creating more jobs.
The public should give the Duterte administration all the help that it needs to be able to hasten the socio-economic development of the country.
President Duterte and his trusted lieutenants have no choice but to meet the mushrooming needs of the burgeoning population by addressing the people’s concerns.