Tracking Change

Last July 25, President Rodrigo R. Duterte delivered his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) where he expressed his commitment to improve the living conditions of Juan dela Cruz. In his SONA, the President did not only underscore the government’s war against illegal drugs, but also echoed his overarching election campaign and inaugural address promises — to enforce law and order, promote inclusive economic development and to restructure the Philippine system of government.

Last July 25, President Rodrigo R. Duterte delivered his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) where he expressed his commitment to improve the living conditions of Juan dela Cruz. In his SONA, the President did not only underscore the government’s war against illegal drugs, but also echoed his overarching election campaign and inaugural address promises — to enforce law and order, promote inclusive economic development and to restructure the Philippine system of government. In line with this, THE LOBBYiST came up with a checklist to enable Filipinos to document and monitor the promises of President during his first SONA. This tool is dedicated to help citizens objectively evaluate the President’s performance during his six-year term.

Below is an index of the President’s promises categorized by areas of priority. THE LOBBYiST will provide a follow through on the status of each goal cited in the SONA.

Anti-Drug Campaign

  1. Inter-Agency Committee on Illegal Drugs
    “We will create an Inter-Agency Committee on Illegal Drugs that will integrate efforts and strengthen the partnership of all stakeholders.”

  2. Reservists mobilization for the anti-drug campaign
    “The reservists will be mobilized for information campaign against drug use and the dissemination of information regarding drug rehabilitation programs being offered by the government.”

  3. Rehabilitation of drug users
    “We will also prioritize the rehabilitation of drug users. We will increase the number of residential treatment and rehabilitation facilities in all regions of the country. The Armed Forces of the Philippines will facilitate the preparation for the use of military camps and facilities for drug rehabilitation.”

Peace and Order

  1. Monitoring of LGU’s performance on its supervision functions of the police
    “The DILG is also directed to strictly monitor how LGUs perform their supervision functions of the police and those found not performing will be sanctioned including the loss of police deputation from the NAPOLCOM.”

  2. Strengthened ROTC Program
    “Let us also strengthen our ROTC Program to instill love of country and good citizenship.”

  3. AFP’s war against criminals
    “The full force of the AFP will be applied to crush these criminals who operate under the guise of religious fervor. The AFP shall enhance its capability to search and engage these rogue and lawless elements.”

  4. Decrease security risks such as kidnappings and pirate attacks in the Southeast Asian waters
    “We have to strengthen our coordination with Indonesia and Malaysia to suppress the kidnappings in the waters of our neighboring countries.”

  5. Counter-terrorism programs
    “We will strengthen our counter-terrorism programs by amending various laws on human terrorism, terrorism financing and cybercrime.”

  6. Unilateral ceasefire with the CPP/NPA/NDF
    “I am now announcing a unilateral ceasefire with the CPP/NPA/NDF effective immediately.”

    Status: Last July 30, President Rodrigo Duterte lifted the unilateral ceasefire and ordered the security forces to be on high alert after the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA) failed to respond to his deadline of making their own declaration.

  7. Administrative Order on the Task Force on media killings
    “The PCO, in coordination with the Office of the Executive Secretary, is drafting the Administrative Order on the Task Force on media killings.”

Anti-corruption

  1. Lifestyle checks on PNP members
    “I order the National Police Commission to … prescribe policies on lifestyle checks for PNP members.”

  2. National 8888 hotline
    “I will be establishing 8888, only for, dedicated to corruption.”

  3. Freedom of Information
    “I have signed the Executive Order sa aming FOI.”

Social services

  1. Relocation-related CSR
    “To help avoid squatter-like conditions in relocation sites, we urge utilities like Meralco and electric cooperatives to exercise their social corporate responsibility by making direct connections to relocation sites and depressed areas.”

  2. No demolition without relocation
    “Government will expropriate. I will make use of the expropriation powers.”

  3. Rice subsidies to the poorest of the families
    “I have decided to direct the DSWD to provide the rice subsidies to the poorest of the families, at least, para makakain lang every month.”

  4. Mandatory education on drug use
    “We are planning to increase spending on basic education and incorporate mandatory education about the evils of drugs.”

  5. Alternative Learning System intensified
    “We will also intensify and expand Alternative Learning System programs.”

  6. Universal health insurance
    “The government will also provide universal health insurance for all Filipinos.”

  7. Implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law
    “The implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law must be put into full force and effect so that couples, especially the poor, will have freedom of informed choice on the number and spacing of children they can adequately care and provide for, eventually making them more productive members of the labor force.”

  8. Implementation of the Magna Carta for Women
    “I order all agencies and oversight bodies and local government units down to the barangay level to fully implement the Magna Carta for Women. By doing so, we'll ensure that man and woman will be partners in the pursuit of country’s economic, social, and cultural and political developments.”

Business and Finance

  1. Decrease personal and corporate income tax rates and amend bank secrecy laws
    “We will lower personal and corporate income tax rates and relax the bank secrecy laws.”

  2. Enhance local business registration
    “We shall also enhance local business environment by addressing bottlenecks in business registration and processing, streamlining investment application process and integration the services of various government offices.”

  3. Capacitating small and medium entrepreneurs
    “Government Financing Institutions shall come up with out-of-the box financing packages to capacitate our small and medium entrepreneurs.”

Infrastructure

  1. Creation of the Mindanao Logistics Infrastructure Network and inter-island linkage projects
    “We will accelerate infrastructure spending by improving national roads and bridges and implementing the Mindanao Logistics Infrastructure Network and other road network master plans. We shall pursue inter-island linkage projects.”

  2. Structural mitigation measures to address the flooding
    “We shall be implementing structural mitigation measures to address of the perennial flooding in Metro Manila and neighboring areas. We shall put up new pumping stations in strategic places.”

  3. Additional running trains and increased train speed
    “Passenger capacity congestion shall be addressed by increasing the number of running trains from the current 16 trains with a total of 48 cars per hour, to 20 trains with a total of 60 cars per hour. You increase the train speed from 40 [kph] to 60 [kph].”

  4. Rail projects in Metro Manila and major key points in the country
    “We shall also pursue rail projects in Metro Manila and the major key-points in the country including the Mindanao Rail Project.”

  5. Additional runway for private flights and an efficient means of transfer from Clark to Metro Manila
    “I’m offering Sangley Point. Kasi kahihiyan ko ang isang runway. I can make a new runway there, sabi ng mga aviation experts but tumbok niyan is the Merville Subdivision. Baka isa pa akong runway dito sa Metro Manila. But if not them, it’s going to be Clark but on a condition that we will have a fast train.”

  6. National Broadband Plan
    “I have also directed the newly-created DICT, Information and Communication Technology, to develop a National Broadband Plan to accelerate the deployment of fiber optics cables and wireless technologies to improve internet speed.”

  7. Wi-Fi access in public areas
    “Wi-Fi access shall be provided at no charge in selected public places including parks, plazas, public libraries, schools, government hospitals, train stations, airports and seaports.”

Frontline

  1. Reduced processing time in issuing permits and licenses
    “Processing time in issuing permits and licenses shall be reduced to the barest minimum…it is always three days for local governments.”

  2. Driver license validity extended to five years
    “For the driver’s licenses, its effectiveness will be extended from the current 3-year period to 5 years.”

  3. Open additional DFA Consular Offices outside Metro Manila
    “I have also ordered the DFA to streamline documentary requirements and passport applications and open additional Consular Offices in strategic places to decongest Metro Manila sites and avoid queues that have caused hardships and suffering to passport applicants.”
  4. Passport validity extended to 10 years
    “On the clamor of our citizens for timely issuance of Philippine passports, the government shall work towards amendment of the 1996 Passport Law to lengthen the validity of the passports from the current 5 years to 10 years.”

  5. One stop shop for OFWs
    “We’ll lease some buildings here for overseas only. At lagyan ko ng --- and they will direct all BIR, lahat na. BIR, lahat ng something to do with the clearances of the police, in one building, may booth lang. I said: My God! Make use of the computer. So doon lang siya mag-ikot sa isang building.”

  6. Convenient issuance and distribution of motor vehicle plates
    “The issuance and distribution of motor vehicle plates at point of sale, or through motor vehicle dealers shall be considered.”

  7. Train tickets to be available to the public in malls and stores
    “To reduce queuing time at ticketing stations, tickets sa mga train will be made readily available and easily accessible to the riding public.”

  8. Extension in LRT’s operating hours
    “Specifically for the LRT, the operating hours shall be extended from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m.”

Environment and Agriculture

  1. Transformation of the Laguna Lake into a vibrant economic zone
    “The Laguna Lake shall be transformed into a vibrant economic zone showcasing ecotourism by addressing the negative impact of the watershed destruction, land conversion and pollution.”

  2. Adequate disposal facilities for the Metro Manila Garbage
    “To have adequate disposal facilities for the Metro Manila Garbage, the final closure and rehabilitation of the Carmona Sanitary Landfill shall be pursued while the adoption of appropriate waste-to-energy facilities will be explored.”


  3. Nationwide soil analysis
    “We shall also conduct a nationwide soil analysis to determine areas most suitable for rice farming to optimize production with the use of effective soil rehabilitation and fertilization.”
  4. Strict enforcement of the fisheries laws
    “We shall strictly enforce fisheries laws, particularly on illegal fishing and promote aquaculture along river banks and in backyards.”

  5. DENR to review all permits granted to mining logging and other environmentally sensitive activities
    “The DENR is likewise directed to review all permits granted to the mining, logging and other environmental sensitive activities to ensure compliance with government standards and if warranted, ito na yung pinakamaganda: Amend, suspend or revoke permits.”

  6. Military to suppress anti-illegal logging and anti-illegal mining activities
    “In the area of environment, the military is directed to intensify its role against illegal logging, illegal mining and other destructive practices that aggravate the devastation of our natural resources.”


Transportation

  1. Revival of the Pasig River Ferry Service System operations
    “The revival of the operation of the Pasig River Ferry Service System is a viable option for the severe traffic congestion in Metro Manila.”

  2. Anti-colorum campaign intensified
    “Our anti-colorum campaign and out-of-line apprehension including the removal of terminals will be intensified.”

Transportation

  1. Creation of the People’s Broadcasting Corporation, the First Muslim and Lumad television channels

    “I’m addressing Congress-- to create the People’s Broadcasting Corporation, replacing PTV-4. Teams from these international news agencies --- I’d like to mention those interested BBC --- are set to visit the country soon to train people from government-run channels to observe.

    The government’s Bureau of Broadcast Services, better known as the Radyo ng Bayan, shall undergo upgrading. Radyo ng Bayan will be integrated with the PBC.

    As we are presently setting up a Presidential Communications Satellite Office in Davao City, PBC will also put up broadcast hubs in the Visayas and Mindanao. Davao City will also be the first site of the first Muslim channel, to be called Salaam Television, and the first Lumad channel.”

 

Justice

  1. Whistleblower Protection Law and Witness Protection Program
    “To eradicate the prevalent cultures of fear and silence that have hounded our justice system, I asked Congress — you — to enact the Whistleblower Protection Law while the present Witness Protection Program shall be strengthened.”

  2. Increase in the number of lawyers and support staff in the Public Assistance Office
    “The number of lawyers and support staff in the PAO — that is the Public Assistance Office — regional and districts shall be increased to provide indigents with more access to counsels.”