MANILA (PNA) – The aggressive campaign against illegal drugs has topped the list of the achievements of President Rodrigo R. Duterte in his first 50 days in Malacañang.
”The No. 1 achievement of President Duterte is the presentation of 600,000 drug pushers and users,” Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Secretary Martin Andanar revealed duringthe weekly Kapihan sa Manila Bay at the Café Adriatico in Manila on Wednesday.
Andanar said President Duterte will mark his 50th day as the country’s 16th President on Aug. 18 in a simple ceremony to be highlighted by a short video presentation containing his achievements in just 50 days in office.
”Of course, there is also the drop of the crime rate by almost 40 percent compared to the same period last year,” Andanar said.
He said the Philippine National Police (PNP), headed by Police Dir. Gen. Rolando ‘Bato’ dela Rosa, is on target to finish the war against drug in six months.
Andanar said the signing by the President of Executive Order No. 2 for the implementation of the Freedom of Information also topped the list, followed by the shutdown of irresponsible mining firms and the fight against contractualization.
”We would disseminate the FOI manual templates to the different government agencies that would serve as guide in coming up with guidelines for the FOI implementation,” Andanar said.
He said the FOI manual template was designed by the PCO, using the best practices in other countries, particularly in the United Kingdom.
”We are making it professional,” Andanar said.
In line with the FOI implementation, President Duterte also approved the establishment of the emergency hotline 911 and complaint hotline 8888.
Other achievements, according to the PCO chief, are the establishment of the one-stop shops of the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA); reopening of the Malacañang of the South in Cebu; approval of the hosting of the 2017 Miss Universe Pageant; and improvement of the New Bilibid Prison.
Andanar said the PCO has also included in the first 50 days report the upcoming peace talks between the Philippine government and the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) in Oslo, Norway.
CPP founder Jose Maria Sison thanked President Duterte for allowing the jailed National Democratic Front (NDF) consultants to participate in the peace talks set for August 20-27.
As part of the confidence-building measure, President Duterte has also offered Cabinet positions to leftists like Social and Welfare and Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo and Agrarin Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano.
The country’s first Olympic silver medal of Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz will highlight the first 50 days documentary.
Before leaving for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, President Duterte inspired the 12 Filipino Olympiads by increasing their allowance from USD1,000 to USD3,000.
The video presentation will also highlight the PHP2.4 billion loan approved by the Japanese government for the Duterte administration’s implementation of the railway project from Tutuban to Bulacan.
Andanar said the stock market went up after the inauguration of President Duterte last June 30.
The list also includes the administrative order being prepared for the creation of the task force against media killings, and establishment of food caravans, as well as the talks with farmers at the Department of Agrarian Reform office in Quezon City.
The screening of the first 50 days report, which aims to break the 100 days tradition set by the previous presidents, will be held at the Ateneo de Davao University at 9 a.m. on Thursday.
Andanar said he hopes the documentary, to be narrated by Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella, will inspire every Filipino to become a partner for the change that President Duterte promised during the election campaign.