President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte, 16th President of the Republic, On his first 50 days in the office. The tough-talking Davao City Mayor turned President has accomplished several things that could help the Philippines to be a better place to live.
Below is the list of President Duterte accomplishments on the first 50 days as President of the Philippines:
- War against Drugs3 – 6 months is the timeframe that the President promised to stop or suppress crime specifically on drugs to which according to him is the primary cause of poverty and crime. The administration’s campaign against drugs with the help of PNP Chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa has convinced not only thousands of drug addicts to surrender but including government officials and members of the PNP who are allegedly involved in drug trade.The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) are now closely monitoring the number of drug-related deaths continues to rise during the first 50 days of the president.
- FOI Bill for Executive BranchThe president has already signed the Freedom of Information Bill (FOI) that would apply to the executive branch. The said bill would allow any Filipino to gain access to records and transactions which concern public interest. The bill could also help reduce corruption due to everything being transparent.
- Free WiFi Connectivity in selected public places and Major Transport HubsDuterte has unveiled to implement Wi-Fi access without cost in selected place like parks, libraries, schools government hospitals and also in airports, seaports, and train stations.The said free connection would soon be available thru the help of PLDT (Philippine Long Distance Telephone), and SMART that will serve as the Internet service provider for the said project.
- 911 Emergency hotline, 8888 for complaintsThe emergency hotline will allow citizens to report emergencies to which will be linked depending on the situation where it would be for rescue, fire or police assistance. The past 117 hotline will be rerouted to 911 to cater reports from citizens. The said hotline was initially used only by Davao City which proved useful and also a faster response time.The numbers 8888 will serve as the citizen’s complaints hotline which would allow anyone to report complaints against any government related issues which includes corruption, unfinished projects and also underperforming government staff.The complaint hotline 8888 will serve as the direct access of Filipinos to Malacañang.
- OFW Financial assistanceDuterte ordered a team to fly to Saudi to cater the need of OFW’s for immediate financial aid. The Philippine government allotted 500 million in pesos which would allow OFW’s to receive P20, 000 plus P6, 000 for their families in the Philippines.The government gave plane tickets and legal assistance for them to claim their unpaid salaries and other benefits from their previous employers. The government promised that they would help the children of OFW’s to pursue their studies.
- Shutdown of e-games outletsDuring the very first cabinet meeting of the president, he has ordered PAGCOR to cancel licenses of online gambling operators.PAGCOR has declined PhilWeb’s appeal to renew its license to operate which expired August 10 and led to the closure of 286 e-games outlets with over 5,000 employees.
- One-stop service center for OFWsDuring the SONA of the President, it was mentioned to open a one-stop-shop that would cater the needs of OFWs. The said one-stop-shop in POEA will offer the services needed by OFWs which allows not just lessen transportation expenses but also expedite the process for documents.The newly opened one-stop service center includes the following government agencies:
- Bureau of Immigration (BI)
- Commission on Higher Education (CHED)
- Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)
- Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF)
- Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA)
- National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)
- Overseas Welfare Workers Administration (OWWA)
- Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC)
- Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA)
- Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)
- Professional Regulation Commission (PRC)
- Social Security System (SSS)
- Technical Education and Skills Development (TESDA)
- Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA)
OFW’s can now avail services offered by the said agencies without having to leave the POEA office in Mandaluyong which located on the ground floor of the said agency.
- $2.4 Billion Japan loan for a new railway systemJapan has announced its aim to fund the new railway system that would allow the connection of Manila to Bulacan which could help lessen traffic in the metro. The said project is a loan from Japan which could result in a better transport system for the Philippines. According to Masahato Ohtaka, the deputy press secretary for Japan’s foreign ministry, the said project completion must be in no time.
- OEC Exemption for returning OFW’sIn has been disclosed that starting the second week of September, OFW’s returning to their previous employer does not need to secure an overseas employment certificate (OEC).The said privilege for OFW’s is being supported by the Governing Board Resolution No. 12; series of 2016 which follows the instruction of the President to streamline processes which involve OFW’s.POEA is already implementing an online system called Balik-Manggagawa Online Processing System that would possibly eliminate long lines for those workers that would return to the same site and employer.
- Faster passport processing under APO productionThe printing of Philippine passports is now faster due to a new printing system that increased production speed by 35%. The said new printing system does not only print faster, but it also added features that would make the passports more secure. The previous delivery of 7-14 days will now be an average of 5 days.
- Campaign against Illegal MiningThe president together with Department Secretary Gina Lopez has been slowly putting an end to the destruction of the environment. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has signed a MOA with the cooperation of other government units to investigate violations and to apprehend violators of the said environment laws.The previous delivery of 7-14 days will now be an average of 5 days.The DENR are also coordinating with the PNP, AFP and also with the Philippine Coast Guard to help monitor and enforce the law to avoid illegally harvested resources.
The president already has a lot of accomplishment during his first 50 days, but there were also some issues thrown at him which include:
(great) Late President Ferdinand Marcos burial at the “Libingan ng Mga Bayani.”
The president has allowed the burial of late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani but reiterated that he is only following the law which states that Marcos is qualified. He also disclosed that he is firm on his decision even after several protests are taking place.
Another issue that Riza Hontiveros brought up is that the president could not fight oligarchs if he allowed the burial of the one who created cronies of oligarchy during the time of Martial Law.
Duterte has named Roberto Ongpin as an oligarch that his present administration wants to put an end to but then again according to Hontiveros, disapproving oligarchs and allowing the burial of Marcos gives a contradiction to a new level.
(baseless) Extrajudicial Killings
Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has been monitoring his moves due to extrajudicial killings happening all over the country. The said issue is Part of the campaign of the president against illegal drugs. Several groups tagged the said issue as dangerous since it is already alarming.Duterte has been vocal about the killings of criminals to which he even handed out shoot to kill orders for criminals and also to politicians involved in drug trades.
Duterte accused of having his death squad which allegedly is in charge of the said killings made up of members of the PNP, assassins and also rebels.
Duterte already has gained his first 50 days as president of the Philippines and already proved a lot based on the things that he had implemented. Duterte has won because the Filipino’s are willing to try the tough-talking Davao City mayor to run the country using his experience and to replicate the things that allowed Davao city to be a better place to live.