MANILA – President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Saturday. 08 October 2022, said health, livelihood, and peace initiatives have taken center stage on his first 100 days as the country’s 17th chief executive.
In his weekly vlog, Marcos said he considers as his administration’s accomplishments the implementation of policies and programs to ensure public health, provide more livelihood opportunities, and maintain peace and order in the country.
“Tiniyak nating mabigyan ng sapat na atensyon ang mga pundasyong tinuturing nating sangkap ng isang masaganang lipunan. Para sa akin, ito ay kalusugan, kabuhayan, kapayapaan. Ito siguro ang maaaring maging tema ng ating first 100 days (We made sure to give proper attention to the foundations of an abundant society. For me, the promotion of health, livelihood, and peace could be the theme of our first 100 days),” he said.
Marcos said he picked the “best and brightest” government officials who can help him ensure the recovery of the country amid the prevailing coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic and global challenges.
While his administration’s achievements are just the tip of the iceberg, the President hailed the “hardworking” government workers who are helping him in fulfilling his plans for the country.
Marcos also said he did not even feel that he is in the “honeymoon” phase because he is already “familiar” with his job as president.
“Isang daang araw na po ang nakalipas mula ng aking sinimulan ang panunungkulan bilang pangulo. May nagsasabi na itong first 100 days daw ang honeymoon period, parang nangangapa pa. Pero parang hindi naman ganoon ang aking naging pakiramdam dahil siguro pamilyar na rin ako sa trabaho kaya’t nakapagsabak agad (It has been 100 days since I served as president. Some are saying that the first 100 days is a honeymoon period, but I do not feel that way because I am already familiar with my job),” he said.
Given that the country is still grappling with the pandemic, the government continues to ramp up efforts to convince more Filipinos to receive booster shots against Covid-19, Marcos said.
He noted that to date, over 73 million individuals have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
More than 19 million fully vaccinated individuals already received booster shots, while nearly 81,000 people were vaccinated every day, he added.
Marcos believed that his administration is managing well the pandemic because of its “PinasLakas” vaccination drive.
“Kahit umaaligid pa itong Covid na ito ay masasabi nating mahusay na ang pagma-manage natin nitong virus (While Covid-19 is still there, we can say that we are managing this virus well),” he said. “Sana po, lahat po ng hindi pa nabakunahan ng booster shot ay magpa-booster shot na po (I hope those who are already fully vaccinated will get a booster shot).”
Marcos also attributed the safe reopening of schools in August this year and the voluntary use of face masks in outdoor settings to the improving Covid-19 situation in the country.
He said the government also made a significant stride after the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) recently approved the release of PHP1.04 billion to cover the unpaid Covid-19 special risk allowance (SRA) claims of around 55,211 health workers involved in the pandemic response.
More job opportunities
Marcos said the resumption of limited face-to-face classes was a big help for “retail and informal vendors.”
“Twenty-eight million learners ang naitala para sa taong 2022 hanggang 2023. Itong bilang na ito ay nagdala ng significant economic activity at stimulus, lalo na sa retail at informal vendors (There are 28 million learners for the school year 2022 to 2023. The figure brought significant economic activity and stimulus, especially to retail and informal vendors),” he said.
Marcos also emphasized that his recent visits to Indonesia, Singapore, and the United States bore fruit following the signing of memoranda of understanding and letters of intent amounting to USD18.92 billion (over PHP1 trillion).
The business commitments from the investors from the three countries recently visited by the President are expected to generate around 134,285 jobs.
“Ang pagbangon ng ating ekonomiya ay ang pagbangon ng pamilyang Pilipino kaya naman puspusan ang ating ginagawang hakbang para dumami ang hanapbuhay at oportunidad dito sa bansa. Iyan ang naging pakay natin sa mga pagbibisita natin sa mga iba’t ibang bansa – ang maipahiwatig na ang Pilipinas ay bukas na muli para sa mga negosyante, para sa mga investor (Our economic recovery is the recovery of Filipino families, that’s why we are exhausting all efforts to create more jobs in the country. Our main goal in visiting the three countries is to tell everyone that the Philippines is once again open for businesses and investments),” Marcos said.
Marcos, who concurrently serves as Agriculture secretary, said his administration is also focused on helping the farmers.
He noted that the government has offered fertilizer discount vouchers, released additional PHP84.1 million budget for the local coffee production and rehabilitation program, and issued a one-year moratorium and condonation of farmers’ loan payment.
Another achievement of the administration, Marcos said, is the unification of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
This, as he stressed that he tapped members of both the MNLF and the MILF to be part of the 80-man Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA), apparently put an end to the two Moro front’s 46 years of separation.
“Ito na ang sinasabi nating unity noong kampanya. Kasama na ang MNLF, ang MILF at iba pang stakeholders. Mas maayos ang bilang ng representasyon ng bawat grupo kaya mas maganda ang kanilang working dynamics ngayon (This is the kind of unity that we are saying during the campaign – the unification of MNLF, MILF, and other stakeholders. The representation of each group and their working dynamics is better now),” he said.
Marcos also welcomed the resumption of the decommissioning of MILF combatants and weapons, adding that the government will continue to help the former rebels reintegrate into mainstream society.
“Sa pagdaan ng unang 100 araw ng panunungkulan, patuloy lang po at lalo pang pag-iigihin ang ating trabaho at pagsisilbi sa ating bayan para sa pangarap ninyo, para sa pangarap ko, para sa ating minamahal na Pilipinas. Muli, sa ating pagtutulungan at pagkakaisa, sama-sama tayong babangon muli (After our 100 days in office, we will continue to work harder and serve the public better for your dream, for my dream, and for our beloved Philippines. Through teamwork and unity, we will rise together),” Marcos said.