A few days before the second state-of-the-nation address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the state-run Philippine Information Agency (PIA) released the video “CHANGE 365”, which features the highlights of the first year in office of the 16th President of the Republic of the Philippines.
The video shows some snippets of the presidential campaign, then took off to Duterte’s oath-taking on June 30, 2016 at the Rizal Hall of Malacañang Palace surrounded by his four children: Sara Duterte-Carpio, Paolo, Sebastian, and Kitty. Supreme Court Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes administered the oath to the Philippines’ first Mindanaoan president.
From there, the 16-minute video sub-titled “A Comfortable Life For All”, presented the “highlights of the Duterte administration’s gains for Filipinos all over the world”. Among these are the resumption of peace talks with revolutionary groups, implementation of the Freedom of Information in the Executive branch, the anti-drug war, free irrigation to farmers, one-stop service center for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), free tuition fees in state universities and colleges (SUCs), and streamlining of public transactions such as passport application among others.
It also highlighted the Philippines’ chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and hosting of the 50th ASEAN Summit in April.
The various foreign trips and state visits of President Duterte were also featured in the video, as well as the visits of world leaders in the country, among which includes Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Also shown are brief descriptions of Executive Orders (EO) issued by President Duterte so far.
PIA cited in its Change 365 video post: “This administration is fulfilling its promises to the Filipino nation every single day of the year”. Do you feel this promised change? What do you think needs to be changed in President Duterte’s second and also succeeding years in office?
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