Senator and presidential aspirant Christopher “Bong” Go vowed to continue the momentum that President Rodrigo Duterte has built during the 47th Philippine Business Conference & Expo Presidentiables’ Forum held by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry on November 17 and 18.
The legislator pointed out that the Philippine economy was among the fastest growing in Asia prior to the pandemic, enjoying robust growth and financial stability. The government had also been well on its way to attaining its goal of reducing the poverty incidence to 14% by 2022.
To raise the country from the ravages of Covid 19, he pledged to implement the Duterte Administration’s three-pillar strategy which consists of gradually reopening of the economy in a safe manner, ensuring the timely implementation of recovery packages, and accelerating the progress of the national vaccination program.
“Following this key strategy, we will bring our people towards recovery. And with other programs under my administration—where we will put our health sector and economy as the pinnacle of our agenda—we will bring people towards prosperity and resilience,” said Go.
“(It is) my goal is that every public hospital in the country will have a Malasakit Center. We will bring down to the lowest amount possible, if not zero balance, the hospital bill of our poor people,” he continued.
“I would also like to emphasize that in my administration, you can expect the same strong stance in the government’s fight against corruption, criminality and drugs. This is crucial in creating an environment conducive for business, where everyone will feel safe,” added Go.
Pursuing a path towards rapid and inclusive economic recovery in his first 100 days, his administration will open up more sectors, build up the tourism industry, and provide recovery packages to sectors hit hardest by Covid-19, such as agriculture and fisheries and micro, small and medium enterprises. It will also provide ten million of the poorest of the poor Filipinos financial assistance and jobs as well as improved access to zero-interest loans.
The administration will likewise pursue tax reforms that complement the Comprehensive Tax Reforms Programs of the Duterte Administration, continue the infrastructure projects of the Build, Build, Build Program, and initiate inter-island linkages or the mega-bridge program to improve the movement of goods and people across the archipelago.
Other initiatives will include providing free quality and reliable internet connectivity through a Free WiFi for all program and passage of the E-Governance, Department of Disaster Resilience, Department of Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos, and Center for Disease Control and Prevention bills.
“Hindi ko hahayaan na masayang lang ang lahat ng pagod at effort ng Duterte Administration. Hinding-hindi natin sisirain ang legacy ni Pangulong Duterte. Nakita niyo naman po sa loob ng limang taon, tahimik tayong nagtatrabaho … Hintayin niyo na lang ang resulta.
“Let my track record speak for itself. I am a man of action,” said Go.