Duterte to present Philippines pandemic recovery roadmap during SONA: Palace

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 22 2020 02:09 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte talks to the people after holding a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on July 21, 2020. Robinson Niñal Jr., Presidential Photo

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte will present the Philippines' pandemic recovery roadmap during his penultimate State of the Nation Address on Monday, Malacañang said Wednesday.

The government's response to the pandemic will be discussed in "much detail" by the President during his SONA, his spokesperson Harry Roque said.

"I think the difference will be, he will be presenting now a roadmap for recovery, which actually, if you’ve noticed the economic team has not unveiled yet," Roque told CNN Philippines in a television interview.

"I think the reason is they want to unveil it in the SONA itself and in many fora after the SONA," he added.

The 75-year-old Duterte, the oldest to be elected as Philippine president, will push through with plans to physically deliver his 5th SONA, the Palace earlier announced.

Following the major easing of lockdowns last month, the government has geared its coronavirus response towards resuscitating the economy which shrank for the first time since 1998.

The economy could contract by as much as 3.4 percent this year, government estimates showed while analysts predicted more job losses as the pandemic drags on.

In April, unemployment ballooned to 17.7 percent which translates to some 7.3 million jobless Filipinos.

But while the government moves towards economic recovery, the country continues to see an increase in COVID-19 cases reported daily.

On Tuesday, the tally of infections in the country breached the 70,000-mark.