Duterte's 50 first-SONA Promises

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 20 2017 01:45 AM | Updated as of Jul 21 2018 12:21 AM

 

 

1. ANTI-CRIME AND ILLEGAL DRUGS

Updated as of July 20, 2018

Two years into the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte, the war on drugs remained among the government’s top priorities.

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, the lead agency in the war on drugs, said a total of 102,630 anti-drug operations were conducted from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018, netting 147,802 drug personalities in the first two years of the Duterte administration.

A total of 2,738.73 kilos of shabu with a street value of P14.66 billion were seized from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018.

Latest Philippine National Police (PNP) data show that a total of 4,354 drug personalities were killed in anti-drug operations from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018.

Human rights groups continue to voice opposition to the war on drugs. They also believe that official government data on the drug war deaths has been grossly understated.

Meanwhile, the PDEA said 245 government employees, 52 uniformed personnel, and 229 elected officials have been arrested in anti-drug operations as of June 30, 2018.

 

 

2. CAMPAIGN AGAINST POLICE 'SCALAWAGS'

Updated as of July 20, 2018

Internal cleansing continues for the Philippine National Police as its image suffered with cases of reported abuses in the war on drugs.

The PNP’s Internal Affairs Service has recommended the dismissal from service of 85 police personnel since the war on drugs started.



Meanwhile, from random drug tests conducted by the PNP and policemen caught in buy-bust operations from July 2016 to May 7, 2018, around 349 police personnel tested positive for illegal drugs use, particularly shabu.

 

 

3. HUMAN RIGHTS

Updated as of July 20, 2018

Human rights abuses in the war on drugs and law enforcement have been at the center of criticisms against the Duterte administration.

The government has made moves to assure the international community that it is abiding by its human rights obligations, but several foreign governments continue to voice concerns about the human rights situation in the Philippines.

In a joint statement delivered by Iceland in late June during the general debate at the 38th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, member states urged the Philippine government to cooperate in assessing the human rights situation in the country.

As it grappled with allegations of human rights abuse, the Duterte government also faced backlash after ordering the arrest of night idlers (tambay), and cracking down on missionaries seen critical of the administration.

 

 

4. ANTI-TERRORISM

Updated as of July 20, 2018

The second year of the Duterte administration marked a major point in efforts to combat terrorism and violent extremism, as government troops defeated the Islamic State-inspired Maute group which seized Marawi City for five months.


The task is not yet over, however, as the government has yet to start rebuilding destroyed structures in the Islamic city.

The government also prides itself in neutralizing some 8,700 “communist terrorist” personalities, 671 Abu Sayyaf Group terrorists, and 615 members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters during the administration’s second year.

Duterte has sought close cooperation with China, Russia, and Southeast Asian countries in fighting terrorism.

 

 

5. PEACE AGENDA

Updated as of July 20, 2018

The future of the government’s peace talks with the communist National Democratic Front now appears bleak as the Palace has opted to hold localized negotiations with rebels on the ground.


The Communist Party of the Philippines has rejected this mode, saying the military will only come up with “fake” rebel returnees and pocket funds intended for the local peace talks.


The NDF, for its part, views the government’s plan to hold localized peace talks as an attempt to isolate exiled communist leader Jose Maria Sison.

Meanwhile, the government’s peace efforts with Moro Islamic Liberation Front reached a milestone after Congress reconciled their versions of the Bangsamoro Organic Law, aimed at giving more power and autonomy for Muslim Filipinos in Mindanao.

 

 

6. SOLID GROWTH/LOW INFLATION/DOLLAR RESERVES/STRONG FISCAL POSITION

Updated as of July 20, 2018

The economy grew 6.8 percent in the first 3 months of 2018, meeting analysts' expectations. The economy would have grown at a healthier rate had it not been for the inflation that slowed consumer spending, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said.


Inflation climbed to a five-year high in June at 4.6 percent. The government attributed the inflation to the increase of global oil prices, higher domestic demand, and excise taxes on products such as tobacco and sugar-sweetened drinks.

The government believes its Build, Build, Build infrastructure program will help maintain growth in the remainder of Duterte’s term.

 

 

7. TAX REFORMS: MORE EQUITABLE AND EFFICIENT/ LOWER PERSONAL AND CORP. INCOME TAX/RELAX BANK SECRECY

Updated as of July 20, 2018


President Duterte fulfilled his promise to overhaul the country’s tax system with the signing of the first package of his tax reform initiative.

The first tranche, called the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) measure, lowers personal income taxes while raising duties on fuel, cars, coal, and sugar-sweetened drinks. Revenues will help fund the President's P8-trillion infrastructure program.

Critics, however, said the TRAIN law caused the spike of prices of certain goods and quickened inflation.

Duterte’s economic managers dispute this, saying the TRAIN’s impact to inflation was minimal.

The government hopes to introduce three more tax reform packages.

 

 

8. JOB CREATION FOR INCLUSIVE GROWTH

Updated as of July 20, 2018

Unemployment in April 2018 declined to 5.5 percent from 5.7 percent during the same month last year, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority's Labor Force Survey.


Underemployment rose to 17 percent from 16.1 percent during the same comparable period.

The official jobless rate is based on the number of Filipinos 15-year old and above. The underemployed represent those who have jobs but wish to work additional hours or have an additional job.

With the availability of more high-paying jobs, coupled with strong economic fundamentals, Manila is "well-placed to speed up poverty reduction," the World Bank said.

 

 

9. RH LAW IMPLEMENTATION

Updated as of July 20, 2018

President Duterte vowed to vigorously implement the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act which was passed under his predecessor, Benigno Aquino III.

In January, Duterte signed Executive Order 12 to ensure the full implementation of the reproductive health law. The government wants to help Filipinos manage the size of their families to help bring down the poverty rate from 21.6 percent in 2015 to 14 percent by the end of Duterte's term in 2022.

 

 

10. ENTREPRENEURSHIP/ FINANCING FOR SMEs

Updated as of July 18, 2018

The Department of Trade and Industry in 2017 launched the "Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso (P3)" program to wean provinces off shadow lenders who charge exorbitant interest rates.

The P1-billion financing program offers loans to micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises across the country, prioritizing those from the 30 poorest provinces.

Loans to end-borrowers range from P5,000 to P100,000 at a maximum interest rate of 2.5 percent per month, with no collateral requirement.

Fund for the program would be coursed through the Small Business Corporation and its conduits of selected micro-finance institutions, cooperatives, associations and other organizations.

 

 

11. TOURISM INFRASTRUCTURE

Updated as of July 17, 2018

The government is embarking on an P8-trillion program to usher in the “golden age of infrastructure." According to the Duterte government’s National Tourism Development Plan, the Philippines will have to invest $23 billion in tourism infrastructure to make the sector sustainable and highly competitive.

Based on data collated by the ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board has approved 35 out of the 75 infrastructure flagship projects identified by the Duterte administration.

Among those approved were airport projects aimed at creating or developing identified air gateways to accommodate the growing passenger volume and to enhance air transport.

On June 7, 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte inaugurated the new P17.5-billion passenger terminal on Cebu island’s main airport which the government hopes to have as many as 12.5 million passengers annually.

The President said the new airport facility is one of the finest in Asia and will "showcase the best of what the Philippines has to offer."

(See also 26.)

 

 

12. AGRICULTURE SECTOR MODERNIZATION

Updated as of July 20, 2018

Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol said one of the biggest accomplishments of the Duterte administration in the agriculture sector is the provision of free irrigation for small rice farmers, sourced from the P38.4 billion budget of the National Irrigation Authority (NIA) in 2017.

For 2018, farmers will continue to receive government support under the national budget through the subsidy of NIA irrigation service fees, according to the Philippine Information Agency.

The Senate finance committee chair also said that the 2018 national budget allocated P110.075 billion for the Department of Agriculture (DA) and its attached agencies. This aims to boost progress for the more than 11 million farmers and fisherfolks in the country.

Over P1 billion under the agro-industry modernization credit and financing program administration has been earmarked for the establishment of a flexible credit facility for the benefit of small farmers and fisherfolks.

Duterte in April transferred back the National Food Authority (NFA) under the supervision of DA, amid reports then of insufficient supply of government-subsidized NFA rice. Prior to this, the NFA reported to a Cabinet secretary.

The Fertilizer and Pesticides Authority and the Philippine Coconut Authority were also made attached agencies of DA.

Based on data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority, the Philippines' agricultural production rose 1.47 percent in the first quarter of 2018 from a year earlier, driven by gains in crop, livestock and poultry sectors.

That marks the fifth straight quarter of increased output in agriculture, although the percentage gain was the smallest of those five periods.

Agricultural output has accounted for about a tenth of gross domestic product in recent quarters.

The Department of Finance is pushing for rice tariffication in its second package of tax reforms. Rice tariffs will be used to fund programs to help farmers diversify and raise their productivity.

 

 

 

13. SOIL ANALYSIS/RICE FARMING PRODUCTIVITY

The Department of Agriculture also launched the National Color-Coded Agricultural Guide Map which identifies agricultural areas that are suitable for 20 crops. Piñol said the map revealed more areas ideal for rice farming.

 

 

14. FLOOD CONTROL IN METRO MANILA

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has scheduled the clean-up and de-clogging of waterways such as creeks and esteros in the metropolis from March 1 to July 26, 2017.
 
Deepening of open waterways (67,790 linear meters), de-clogging of drainage laterals (434,850 linear meters), and desilting of drainage mains (15,000 linear meters) are also underway.

 

 

15. POLITICAL REFORMS

President Duterte vowed to change the country’s system of government from unitary to federal so that regional governments would be empowered. The Department of the Interior and Local Government, since August 2016, has been conducting a nationwide information campaign on federalism.
 
Changing the type of government requires changes to the 1987 Constitution. As of posting, the president has yet to name members of the consultative committee which will review the Charter.

 

 

16. ANTI-RED TAPE

Updated as of July 20, 2018

President Duterte signed in May 2018 the Ease of Doing Business Act, delivering on a campaign promise to make government transactions faster.


He has also ordered government agencies and instrumentalities, including government-owned and -controlled corporations to respond to all public requests and concerns within 15 days.

 

 

17. ISSUE MOTOR VEHICLE PLATES AT POINT OF SALE, NOT THROUGH LTO

Updated as of July 20, 2018

The Land Transportation Office has started releasing vehicle plates registered from July 2016.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said the plan to make vehicles come with license plates as soon as they leave car dealerships remains in the works.

 

 

18. EXTEND DRIVER'S LICENSE VALIDITY FROM 3 TO 5 YEARS

Updated as of July 20, 2018

President Duterte signed last year Republic Act 10930, which extends the length of the driver's license’s validity to 5 years.

The law amends Section 23 of RA 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code, which set a three-year validity for the license.

Under the law's Section 23, a driver holding a license with a 5-year validity may even be granted a license with a 10-year validity upon renewal if found that he or she has “not committed any violation of RA 4136 and other traffic laws, rules and regulations.”

 

 

19. EXTEND PASSPORT VALIDITY TO 10 YEARS/STREAMLINE DOCU REQUIREMENTS/ OPEN ADDITIONAL CONSULAR OFFICES

Updated as of July 20, 2018

President Duterte signed last year Republic Act 10928, which extended the passport validity to 10 years from 5 years.

The law amends Section 10 of Republic Act 8239 or the Passport Act of 1996. Under the amendment, passports will be valid for 10 years except for minors, whose travel document will still have a validity of 5 years.

Passports with 10-year validity were first distributed in January 2018.

While the government managed to extend the validity of passports, it struggled in handling the deluge of passport applicants. Many applicants have a hard time securing passport appointment slots.

 

 

20. TRAIN TICKETS ISSUED IN STORES, MALLS

Updated as of July 20, 2018

Since its launch during the previous administration in October 2015, the Beep card has expanded its list of reloading stations, which include convenience stores, malls, and payment centers. The card can also be reloaded online.

The payment system is being a run by a joint venture between Ayala Corp. and Metro Pacific Investments Inc.

 

 

21. PASIG RIVER FERRY SERVICE TO EASE TRAFFIC

Updated as of July 20, 2018

The government is considering a second ferry system on the Pasig River, which may be offered to the private sector by the middle of the year, Budget Sec. Benjamin Diokno said in April 2018.

The new ferry system should have 24 50-seater boats to service 76,000 commuters daily. A technical working group was formed to study the project, Diokno said.

 

 

22. ANTI-COLORUM/OUT-OF-LINE APPREHENSION/REMOVAL OF TERMINALS

Updated as of July 19, 2018

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in July 2017 slapped ride-sharing apps Uber and Grab with a fine of P5 million each, citing violations of the terms of their accreditation.

Uber, in August 2017, faced suspension over alleged franchise violations and was slapped with a P190-million fine. The company later resumed operations after it paid the hefty fine and another P299 million as compensation to its partner drivers. 

In September 2017, the LTFRB finalized revised guidelines for transport network companies, which included increasing the franchise validity of transport network vehicle service units and having a common pool of app-based drivers.

Seeking to ease traffic along EDSA, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) ordered the strict implementation of the  motorcycle and yellow lane.

The MMDA also shut down five provincial bus terminals along EDSA for violating the "nose in, nose out policy."

 

 

23. METRO MANILA TRAFFIC/EMERGENCY POWERS

Updated as of July 18, 2018

Two years after Duterte assumed office, Congress has yet to pass a law granting him emergency powers to help solve traffic woes in the country's major urban areas.

The government has launched a massive infrastructure program which it sees as one of the main solutions to the heavy traffic in the capital. Public Works Secretary Mark Villar said his department would vigorously pursue the completion of critical infrastructure projects under the Duterte administration even without emergency powers.

 

 

24. IMPROVE TRAINS/EXTEND OPERATING HOURS OF LRT

According to the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA), the last commercial trips of LRT Line 2’s easternmost terminal (Santolan) and westernmost terminal (Recto) have been extended to 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., respectively, effective July 3, 2017.
 

 

 

25. PURSUE RAIL PROJECTS/MINDANAO RAIL/DAVAO TRANSIT/CEBU TRANSIT, ETC.

Updated as of July 20, 2018

Building roads and other transportation infrastructure aimed at easing traffic in Metro Manila, Cebu, and Davao City are among the priorities under President Duterte’s “Build, Build, Build” program.

The first phase of the highly anticipated Metro Manila subway that will cut travel time from Quezon City to Taguig City to half an hour is ongoing. The government says right of way acquisition for the program is underway.
 
The preparation for the bidding documents of the 102-kilometer Tagum-Davao-Digos segment of the Mindanao Railway network is ongoing. The government hopes to finish construction by 2021.

On the other hand, the 73.75-km high standard arterial road from Naga City to Danao City in Cebu is expected to be completed by 2021. Preparation of requisite documents for submission to NEDA for this project is underway.

The government, meanwhile, has shelved the planned bus rapid transit system for Metro Manila and Cebu due to space issues.

 

 

26. DECONGEST NAIA/TRANSFER OF GENERAL AVIATION/TAP CLARK AIRPORT

Updated as of July 20, 2018

The government aims to make Clark International Airport in Pampanga as the country's next premier gateway. It will accommodate an additional 8 million passengers while decongesting NAIA.

The government aims to finish Phase 1 of the Clark airport expansion by June 2020.

 

 

27. ILLEGAL LOGGING/ILLEGAL MINING

Updated as of July 20, 2018

The government launched a high-profile campaign against illegal mining during the time of Environment Secretary Lopez, shutting down 23 mines. Lopez’s appointment, however, was rejected by the bicameral Commission on Appointments. She was replaced by former military chief Roy Cimatu, who has ordered a review of the appeals of firms whose mining sites were ordered closed.

President Duterte has also created a committee to study the possible implementation of a total log ban in the Philippines, but there is no update about this yet. In January 2018, Duterte ordered a halt on logging activities in the Zamboanga Peninsula due to the deforestation in the area.

 

 

28. ILLEGAL FISHING

Updated as of July 19, 2018

The flagship program of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to combat illegal fishing called Malinis at Masaganang Karagatan (MMK) award has become bigger with last year's winner bagging P30-million worth of fisheries livelihood projects.

The program recognizes and gives incentives to outstanding coastal communities for their efforts and contributions to sustainable resources and fisheries management. 

Earlier, the Department of Agriculture (DA) launched an annual search for the most outstanding coastal communities in the country in a bid to eradicate illegal fishing. 
 
The DA also launched a name-and-shame campaign against barangays, towns, and cities where illegal fishing was prevalent.

 

 

29. BREAK UP BIG FISH PENS IN LAGUNA LAKE/TRANSFORM IT INTO AN ECOZONE SHOWCASING ECOTOURISM

Updated as of July 19, 2018

After dismantling thousands of hectares of huge fish pens, the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) in July 2018 said it is now going after at least 7 companies found to have engaged in illegal reclamation activities at a part of Laguna Lake.

Aside from the unauthorized reclamation of the still unnmamed companies, the agency also found out that backfill materials used were mixed with garbage that may have contaminated the lake.

 

 

30. CLOSURE OF CARMONA SANITARY LANDFILL/ADOPT WASTE-TO-ENERGY PROJECTS AND TECHNOLOGY

Updated as of July 19, 2018

The Department of Energy (DOE) this 2018 oversaw signings of several waste-to-energy (WTE) projects set to be built within local government units (LGU) such as Puerto Princesa, Palawan, and Davao City.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio earlier this year signed a "green sister city agreement" with Kitakyushu, Japan as she revealed her plan to put up a WTE facility in her LGU.

 

 

31. GLOBAL WARMING/CLIMATE CHANGE

Updated as of July 19, 2018

Contrary to his previous pronouncements, President Duterte signed in March 2017 the Paris Agreement on Climate Change aimed at slashing greenhouse gases and keeping global temperature increases to "well below" 2 degrees Celsius.

President Duterte was initially against the pact, fearing it would stymie the Philippines’ industrial growth.

In March, the Commission on Human Rights investigated giant oil companies over their alleged contribution to climate change following the signing of the Paris Agreement last year.

Under the agreement, Manila vowed to chop down carbon emission by 70 percent by 2030 and keep global temperature increases to "well below" 2 degrees Celsius.

The President in a speech last March also hit western countries for their role in "creating climate change".

 

 

32. CREATE PEOPLE'S BROADCASTING CORP AND REPLACE PTV-4

Updated as of July 20, 2018

Senate Bill 913, or “An Act Establishing the People's Broadcasting Corporation, Abolishing the People's Television Network” was filed in June 2016. This would phases out People's Television Network, replacing it with a new broadcasting corporation. 

In the same year, a counterpart measure was filed in the House of Representatives. 

Both bills are pending to this date.

Meanwhile, last May, the Presidential Communications Operations Office launched the P400-million Mindanao Media Hub, which would house the People’s Television, Radyo Pilipinas, the News and Information Bureau, the Philippine News Agency, the Philippine Information Agency, the National Printing Office, the Apo Production Unit, and other agencies under the communications office.

The project is eyed to start operating by the second or third quarter next year.

 

 

33. EO ON FREEDOM OF INFO

Updated as of July 20, 2018

President Duterte signed the executive order on Freedom of Information (FOI) on July 23, 2016, two days before he delivered his first State of the Nation Address.

In a statistics released by the Presidential Communications Operations Office on July 2, 2018, there were a total of 4,218 FOI requests as of June 1, 2018, 42 percent of which were labeled “successful,” meaning the agency concerned was able to fully provide the information requested. 

 

 

34. AO ON TASK FORCE ON MEDIA KILLINGS

Updated as of July 20, 2018

President Duterte created in October 2016 a task force under his office that will look into media killings. The task force is mandated to receive reports on members of the media being in danger, and make sure they are safe from any form of violence.

Malacañang said in the first six months since of its establishment, the task force handled 24 cases concerning the media.

While the government created an office to look into media killings and ensure the security of journalists, press freedom groups said the Philippine media has never been so threatened since President Duterte took office.

The media groups said in Duterte’s 22 months in power, there have been 85 cases of attacks and threats against journalists.

 

 

35. ADDRESS LOW PROSECUTORIAL EFFECTIVENESS AND EFFICIENCY

Updated as of July 20, 2018

Public documents from the Department of Justice (DOJ) showed a significant drop in their prosecution success rate, from 77.89 percent in 2016 (100,649 out of 129,220 cases) to 72.05 percent (136, 362 out of 189,261 cases) in 2017. 

Meanwhile, case backlogs remain a problem for the department, wherein 53.18% of its total backlogs come from preliminary investigations alone. 

In line with this, the DOJ National Prosecution Service is planning to launch a Case Decongestion Project to clear case backlogs. This is aligned with President Duterte's promise to streamline projects which will address the problem of case backlogs in trial courts. 

Through the project, 635 case decongestion officers were deployed to highly-congested trial courts in the hope of fully alleviating the case backlog problem of the Justice department. 

DOJ's Prosecution Case Management System is also being explored to properly facilitate case documentation and monitoring.

 

 

36. ENACT WHISTEBLOWER PROTECTION LAW/STRENGTHEN WITNESS PROTECTION PROGRAM

Updated as of July 20, 2018

Bills seeking protection for whistleblowers appear to be in limbo at both houses of Congress. 

It remains to be seen if the bill pending before the House committee on justice would get another push as its main author, former Kabayan Rep. Harry Roque, has moved to Malacañang to become the presidential spokesperson. 

Its Senate counterpart filed by Senator Richard Gordon, however, has been stalled at the committee level since May 3, 2017, according to the Senate website.

 

 

37. INCREASE LAWYERS AND SUPPORT STAFF OF PAO

Updated as of July 19, 2018

The Public Attorney's Office (PAO) is hiring more lawyers to fill the gap in its manpower. According to its 2017 accomplishment report, PAO recruited 490 lawyers, surpassing PAO chief Persida Acosta's projection that 397 lawyers will be hired.

By the end of 2017, PAO has employed 2,090 lawyers, with a batch of 397 more to be put under oath this year.

Earlier, the Department of Justice (DOJ), in its 2017 accomplishment report, said that from January to December 2016, 334,100 cases (88.5%) of 377,533 filed criminal complaints were resolved. Of these, 283,831 cases have been filed in court.

The DOJ said this surpasses the target of at least 85% disposition or resolution rate. In the same period, 23,184 convictions were secured, which translates to a 76.7% success rate compared to 71.9% the year before.

The DOJ said it needed at least 1,500 lawyers to fill the gaps in its manpower.

 

 

38. DEVELOP NAT'L BROADBAND PLAN/IMPROVE INTERNET SPEED

Updated as of July 20, 2018

The Department of Information and Communications Technology, the National Grid Corp of the Philippines, and the National Transmission Corp. have signed a deal for the utilization of spare optical fiber to boost the implementation of the National Broadband Plan.

 

 

39. FREE WI-FI IN PUBLIC PLACES

Updated as of July 18, 2018

In August 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law Republic Act 10929, which aims to put up free internet access in public places.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said the project, better known as "Pipol Konek," has been accessed by nearly 2.7 million unique users nationwide as of June 2018.

There are 1,378 "Pipol Konek" sites around the country, with more than a third located in Metro Manila. These include the Quezon City Memorial Circle, Philippine Children's Medical Center, and EDSA.

The aim is to have over 200,000 "Pipol Konek" sites in public places by the end of 2022, including public schools, parks and plazas, public hospitals, government offices, and transport hubs.

 

 

40. SEPARATE DEPARTMENT FOR OFWs

President Duterte had repeatedly promised to set up a separate department for overseas Filipinos. Currently, there are at least 6 proposed measures in Congress seeking the establishment of such a department.
 
However, this appears to have been set aside for now, with Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III saying “it’s no longer in line with the thrust of government to come up with a leaner government.”

 

 

41. URGE MERALCO/COOPS TO PUT UP ELECTRICITY IN RELOCATION SITES AND DEPRESSED AREAS

Updated as of July 19, 2018

Several power energy corporations have expressed their plans to build power plants in Mindanao to sustain electricity demand with increasing infrastructure projects under the "Build, Build. Build."

Major energy provider in Mindanao, the Alsons Power group, said they would build two power generating plants in Zamboanga in preparation for the interconnection of power grids between Visayas and Mindanao. 

The P52-billion Visayas-Mindanao Interconnection Project of National Grid Corp. would connect the Visayas and Mindanao power grids via Cebu and Zamboanga to allow power supply importations among Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao power grids, which will address the insufficient power supplies in depressed areas.

The project was envisioned to provide Mindanao with up to 500 megawatts (MW) of excess power from Luzon and the Visayas.

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi declared the energy project as a nationally significant under the Executive Order No. 30, which states that “Energy Projects of National Significance” would streamline regulatory procedures established by the Energy Investment Coordinating Council.

Under the EO, agencies are required to act on major energy projects within 30 days after completion of requirements.

The project would be completed in nearly 4 years.

 

 

42. PRIORITIZE PERMITS FOR POWER DEVT FOR INDUSTRIALIZATION

Updated as of July 19, 2018

President Duterte in June 2017 signed an executive order creating the Energy Investment Coordinating Council (EICC) to streamline regulatory procedures affecting energy projects declared as “Energy Projects of National Significance” (EPNS).

As of June 28, 46 applications are filed for EPNS certification. These are 12 coal projects, 11 oil and gas, 22 renewables and 1 transmission project. 

The council will be chaired by a representative of the Department of Energy, according to the order.

Earlier this year, the Mindanao-Visayas Interconnection Project of the National Grid Corporations has been the first project to be declared as EPNS since the effectivity of the EO. 

Under the EO, the processing of certified EPNS shall be within a maximum period of 30 days.

 

 

43. INTENSIFY SOCIAL PROTECTION FOR ANTI-POVERTY/ CONTINUE 4Ps

Updated as of July 20, 2018

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps, which began during the administration of Gloria Arroyo, was continued by her successors Benigno Aquino III and Rodrigo Duterte. 

About P70 billion were allotted for the program which provides cash grants in exchange for meeting certain conditions such as availing of pre-natal and post-natal care for pregnant women and vaccines for children, as well as enrollment of children in school.

Acting Social Welfare Secretary Virginia Orogo said 4.9 million and 1.3 million children coming from beneficiary families were enrolled in elementary and secondary schools in 2017.

Orogo said 97.44 percent of beneficiaries under the conditional cash transfer program availed of check-up and immunization services for pregnant women and children. 

 

 

44. INTRODUCE RICE SUBSIDIES FOR POOREST FAMILIES

Updated as of July 20, 2018

The Department of Social Welfare and Development announced in March 2017 that the government introduced an additional P600 rice subsidy for each 4Ps household beneficiary.


The government has also released P200 monthly subsidy to alleviate the impact of the tax reform program on poor families. 

 

 

45. INCREASE SPENDING ON BASIC EDUCATION

Updated as of July 20, 2018

President Duterte raised the 2017 education budget to P544.1 billion from 2016’s P433 billion. This year, this was further increased to 553.31 billion, although it no longer had the lion’s share in the P3.767 trillion national budget, as the Department of Public Works and Highways was allocated with P637.86 billion.

 

 

46. INCREASE SPENDING ON BASIC EDUCATION/INCORPORATE MANDATORY EDUCATION ON EVILS OF DRUGS

Education Secretary Leonor Briones has sought to strengthen the department’s National Drug Education Program, which has been under implementation for years.

Under DepEd Memorandum 2000, s. 2016, among the measures established to boost the program is the launching of Barkada Kontra Droga chapters in schools, intensifying anti-drug abuse information campaigns; supporting the activities planned by the designated regional and schools division NDEP coordinators; and involving Parent-Teacher-Community Associations and pupil/student organizations in drug abuse prevention activities.

 

 

47. INTENSIFY/EXPAND ALTERNATIVE LEARNING SYSTEMS

Updated as of July 20, 2018

The Governance Act for Basic Education (Republic Act 9155) created the Alternative Learning System to provide out-of-school children, youth and adults population with basic education.

The ALS aims to provide all Filipinos the chance to have access to and complete basic education in a mode that fits their distinct situations and needs.

The education department said the ALS catered to 641,584 learners in 2017. The ALS program has extended its reach to drug surrenderers, children in conflict with the law, rebel returnees, laborers, and in countries where children of Filipino migrants do not have access to formal education.

 

 

48. HEALTH INSURANCE FOR ALL

Updated as of July 20, 2018

President Duterte has certified as urgent a bill that seeks to gives "universal" access to health care.

The House of Representatives passed the Universal Health Coverage bill last year but its counterpart legislation is pending in the Senate.

The bill aims to grant primary health care to all Filipinos.

 

 

49. IMPROVE PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE, OPERATIONAL CAPABILITIES OF GOV'T HEALTH FACILITIES

Updated as of July 20, 2018
 
After the President’s approval of the Philippine Health Facilities Plan 2017-2022, the Department of Health was able to construct 408 facilities consisting of 362 barangay health stations, and 46 rural health units. Also, 594 existing facilities were repaired and upgraded while 404 facilities were equipped with enough medical equipment.

But just last June, Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque uncovered alleged anomalies in his department, including reported irregularities in the previous administration’s P8.1-billion Barangay Health Station Project.

The said project was supposed to build 5,700 school-based barangay health stations under the Tsekap project. But when the project was terminated this year, only 270 units have been built.

The construction firm involved in the project, JBros Construction Company, said they terminated the contract due to DOH’s failure to comply with its obligations.

 

 

50. PROTECT WOMEN'S RIGHTS/PROTECT WOMEN FROM HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES/FULLY IMPLEMENT MAGNA CARTA FOR WOMEN

Updated as of July 20, 2018

Data from the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) website registered a slight increase in the number of Violence Against Women (VAW) desks from 88.12 percent (37,044) to 88.44 percent (37,178) out of 42,036 barangays in the Philippines as of June 2017. This leaves 4,858 barangays without VAW desks. 

Likewise, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in September started facilitating the distribution of VAW learning materials to DILG offices around the country. 
 
The PCW in 2016 also helped 2,300 women in 16 regions grow their businesses and improve their entrepreneurial skills. 

Yet, jailed opposition senator Leila de Lima has proposed a joint oversight panel on the Magna Carta for Women, saying there is need to strengthen mechanisms to monitor compliance to and implementation of the law (Republic Act 9710). 

Under the law, the Philippine Commission on Women, in coordination with other state agencies and the Commission on Human Rights, is mandated to submit to Congress regular reports on the progress of the implementation of R.A. No. 9710, with emphasis on its impact on women's rights.

Women's groups, academics, and critics have taken President Duterte to task for allegedly misogynistic statements and sexist acts. This despite his pronouncements that he is for the protection of women's rights.

 

 

-- With updates from Hershey Homol, Jauhn Villaruel, Jaehwa Bernardo, Angela Coloma