MANILA — Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo welcomed the results of the Dec. 13 to 16 poll conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS), which showed that 96 percent of Filipinos are entering 2020 with hope rather than with fear.
Panelo noted a similar survey conducted by Pulse Asia on Dec. 3 to 8 found that 93 percent of Filipinos are welcoming the new year with hope and positivity.
He said the Palace wishes a “happy, peaceful and successful 2020” for the country.
“There are indeed reasons to be confident in the new year under the leadership and administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte,” the Palace official said in a statement.
“As we wish each Filipino a happy, peaceful and successful 2020, we assure everyone that the best is yet to come. Let us continue to rally behind the Duterte administration as the Chief Executive does his best in serving and protecting the Filipino people, as well as delivering genuine and meaningful change to our nation,” he added.– Salvador Panelo, Philippine Presidential Spokesperson
Before the New Year’s celebration, President Rodrigo Duterte pinned hope that Filipinos would continue to enjoy a “comfortable life” and feel a “lasting peace.”
Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar, on Saturday, said all Filipinos would have a better future if they give their full support to the Duterte administration’s policies and programs.
The government is making significant strides to achieve his goal of bringing a more comfortable life for all Filipinos, despite the “difficult but game-changing” reforms initiated by the President, Panelo said.
The reforms lifted 5.9 million Filipino families out of poverty.
Panelo also bragged that 2019 had been an “exemplary year for the Philippines.”
He attributed the government’s feats in 2019, such as the improved credit rating of the country.
Duterte administration‘s “fighting target” for economic growth to remain on track with its socio-economic goal of lowering poverty incidence to 14 percent by 2022.
Moreover, there’s a noted improvement on the Global Innovation Index ranking of the Philippines to 54th place from 73rd in 2018
The economy is on a roll with a BBB+ rating. The Board of Investments has exceed its PHP1-trillion 2019 investment target as of October 2019, according to the Department of Trade and Industry. There are fewer poor Filipinos, with almost six million lifted out from poverty. Employment has hit a 14-year high. Inflation has been tamed.
–Salvador Panelo, Presidential Spokesperson.
“Further, the country successfully hosted the 30th Southeast Asian Games nearing the end of 2019, and at the same time, became the overall champion with a record-breaking 149 gold and a 385-medal haul overall,” Panelo noted.
Additional notable accomplishments include:
- Completion of 9,845 kilometers of road, 2,709 bridges, 4,536 flood control projects, 82 evacuation centers, and 71,803 classrooms.
- Implementing key laws such as the Universal Healthcare Act, Mobile Number Portability Act, the 105-Day Expanded Maternity Leave, the Magna Carta for the Poor, the Student Fare Discount Act, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the Sagip Saka Act, the Murang Kuryente Act, and the National Integrated Cancer Act
- Distribution of Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) to thousands of agrarian reform beneficiaries and farmers
- Completion of the community-based drug rehabilitation program of 178,535 drug surrenderees nationwide
- Return of the historic Balangiga bells from the United States
- Reshipment of trash back to Canada.
In 2020, the President would still go after individuals who will attempt to commit unlawful acts, the Palace spokesperson also said.
Panelo guaranteed there will be “no saints” under Duterte’s watch.
“Kung ano ang nakikita mong kailangan, iyan ang bibigyan natin ng kaukulan (Whatever you think needs improvement will be addressed),” he said in an interview with dzIQ, when asked about what needs to be done next year to improve the lives of Filipinos.
“Lahat ng mga illegal eh uubusin niya. Wala siyang sasantuhin (He will stop all the illegal acts. There will be no saints for him),” Panelo added.
He said the Chief Executive would strive harder for a “peaceful and bountiful” new year.
“The Filipino people can expect the same number of significant achievements, if not more, in the remainder of his term. And as we often say, even as most of the Filipinos are in awe of PRRD’s accomplishments, the best is yet to come,” Panelo said in the Palace’s 2019 yearend report released Thursday.
“At walang pwersa o tao ang makakapigil sa kanya hanggang matapos ang kanyang termino bilang presidente (No force or person can stop him in fulfilling his mandate until his term as president ends),” Panelo said.
“Bibigyan niya ng kaukulang pagtugon ang lahat ng pangangailangan ng sambayang Pilipino na magkaroon ng kumportableng buhay (He will attend to the needs of Filipinos to give them a comfortable life),” he added.
“They can cling on to such optimism as Filipinos have so much to look forward to in 2020 under the Duterte Administration,” he said.
Duterte’s term ends on June 30, 2022, around six weeks after the May 2022 general elections.
With news compilation from Philippine News Agency (PNA)
-Marites de Jesus, FWH