Over the course of the last 16+ months, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has been a busy man. In fact, busier than most have been unaware of. Thanks to the oppositions control over big media, which has included their manipulation of the foreign press. As far as most have known, Mr. Duterte has waged a bloody war on the illicit drug trade, as well as waging war with local Islamic terrorists in the southern city of Marawi, Mindanao.
Strangely enough… most believe that’s all he’s achieved.
Well, folks, here’s the unknown, undocumented list of what he has been up to. Oh sure, the naysayers will claim we’re lying and demand where we got our information. But hey? Like us, you nitwits can go research for yourselves. [*]
1. PH external debt reduced by $5.2 billion, as of June 2017.
2. Highest PSEi closed at all-time high 8,312.93.
3. Crime rate in Manila has dropped by 38% in the past 12 months.
4. Duterte’s Political Will costs: 6B from Lucio Tan, 1.7B w/o Tax from Mile Long Property and 25B from Mighty Cigarettes.
5. Free tuition in SUCs.
6. Free Internet in public places.
7. Passport validity extension to ten years.
8. Driver’s license validity extension to five years.
9. Stiffer penalties for hospitals refusing to treat patients.
10. The indefinite ceasefire between the MNLF, MILF, CPP NDF and the government (held in Norway).
11. The centralized complaint and action hot-lines – 911 and 8888.
12. The one stop shop for OFW in POEA. a major improvement from the past.
13. The removal of processing fee on travel tax exemption.
14. The 2,000 pesos SSS pension raise.
15. The much empowered servicemen who are now willing to serve the country with pride and higher self esteem.
16. The servicemen’s one in a million dinner at Malacanang opportunity.
17. The rounds in all of the defense camps to see what each station needs so that they can give better service to the country.
18. The shutdown/closure of some mining companies that destroy the country’s natural resources.
19. The removal of the fishing fences in Manila Bay to give other small fishermen a fair chance to use it for their livelihood.
20. The new buses from the airport to many major hubs in nearby cities.
21. The one sack rice added to 4Ps cash assistance to our less fortunate fellowmen.
22. The salary increase of the servicemen which is bound to happen any moment soon – and the soon to be state of the art equipped hospital for them.
23. The hastened benefits claiming of the family of our fallen men.
24. The increased allowance of our Olympic delegates.
25. The immediate signing of Freedom of Information act.
26. The exposés against local executives, police generals, judges and other top officials in government.
27.The now better looking cleaner Baclaran, Divisoria and other public places.
28. The employment increase and unemployment decrease.
29. The exposés against oligarchs who have been evading to pay taxes.
30. The lower street crimes because most of the nutters who are more likely to commit the crimes have already surrendered and therefore identified.
31. The Mindanao peace process that has resumed again in Malaysia.
32. The bilateral talks with China over the West Philippine Sea dispute.
33. The launch of Oplan Tokhang which has more positive results – including the not so good ones.
34. The cooperation and openness of fenced elite subdivisions for Oplan Tokhang as they show support to the war on drugs campaign.
35. The billions worth of drugs seized in the operation.
36. The closure of so many drug labs all over the country.
37. The more regulated and SAF manned BUCOR.
38. The no VIP treatment for government officials in airports.
39. The ongoing improvements of MRT/LRT service and other major thoroughfares.
40. The customs installation of CCTVs all over the place to promote transparency.
41. The crackdown of Bilibid Drug Trade and the expose’ of Leila De Lima.
42. Dept of Foreign Affairs is now faster in processing passports.
43. Fixers are now out of sight.
44. End of Contractualization.
45. No more age limit requirements to all job seekers.
46. The closure of online gambling. From 4 thousand outlets during the Aroyo administration, to 8 thousand outlets during BS Aquinos tenure.
47. OEC exemption for OFWs returning to same employer! Finally no need to pay and go through the troublesome process of acquiring OEC.
48. The extension of passport validity to 10 years.
49. The curfew hours for minors.
50. Free tuition in state universities and colleges for Filipino undergraduate students starting Academic Year 2017-2018.
51. Free irrigation.
52. Free medical assistance in six hospitals that offer the Libreng Gamot Para sa Masa (Lingap) program which benefited some 9,429 indigents (from March to June 9).
53. Microfinancing assistance that gives Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso (P3) program for the underprivileged Filipino entrepreneurs, with Mindoro, Leyte, and Sarangani as pilot provinces.
54. Additional P600 rice subsidy to each Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) household beneficiary.
55. Strict enforcement of labor laws particularly on security of tenure, which saw the regularization of 45,605 workers (from July 2016 to March 2017).
56. Across-the-board increase in the monthly pension of more than two-million Social Security System (SSS) retirees.
57. Awarding of Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) to Hacienda Luisita farmers starting with 111 beneficiaries, as of February 2017.
58. Fast-tracking the rehabilitation of Yolanda-affected areas with the construction of 50,791 housing units and 1,790 new classrooms and the repair of 701 state colleges and universities, 38 airport facilities, and 27 seaport facilities, as of the first quarter of 2017.
59. Implementation of the Freedom of Information (FOI) in the Executive Branch.
60. Creation of 8888 Citizen’s Complaint Hotline for erring government officials.
61. Online streaming of closed-circuit television (CCTV) inside the offices at the Bureau of Customs (BOC).
62. Social media live streams of the President’s activities and Palace briefings.
63. The creation of a presidential task force on media security.
64. Reduction of processing days of business permits and licenses (down to 2 days for new business registration and 1 day for renewals), Tax Clearance Certificates (TCC) (down to 2 working days from submission of complete documents), and certificates authorizing registration (down to 5 days from the previous 10 days).
65. Extension of the validity of driver’s licenses from 3 years to 5 years.
66. Implementation of a 3-day maximum time for Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) applications.
67. Establishment of a one-stop service center for OFWs.
68. The distribution of the agricultural equipment that were purchased by the previous government but weren’t distributed for some political reasons.
69. The immediate repatriation of stranded OFWs in Saudi Arabia (which if I remember it right, one Kuya was crying when he finally touched base simply because he could now be reunited with his loved ones because those who were sent by the previous administration only visited them to have some selfies with them.)
70. The laglag bala at the airport has finally stopped right after PRRD took office. I personally experienced that worry free moment and noticed that no more luggages with plastic wraps.
71. The services in the government agencies are much faster and employees have started to treat the people with some respect and even with a smile. The transactions are much better these days.
72. The legit balikbayan boxes are no longer mishandled.
73. Memorandum Circular 25 directing the display of visual representations of Philippine Heroes in lieu of elected or appointed government officials.
74. Removal of giving scheduled passport renewal slots for travel agencies.
75. The opening of the DAR gates which where were closed for 18 years.
76. The distribution of the long overdue Hacienda Luisita to the farmers.
77. The irrigation projects for the farmers have already started and nationwide – not to mention the distribution of many boats for our fishermen too.
78. The surrender of almost 700,000 who have realized that drugs won’t give them the future they’re hoping for.
We’re sure this list will be growing over the next 5 years. So enjoy the ride folks. Because this is what change is all about.
[*] The above is what we believe to be true to the best of our ability. If you want to disprove? Then be our guest.