Marcos cites gains in first 100 days in office

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. trumpeted his administration’s achievements on health, livelihood, and peace in his first 100 days in office.

In his latest vlog, Marcos said he never felt awkward or strange when he assumed the highest post in the government.

“It has been 100 days since I started the term as the President. People say that the first 100 days are like the honeymoon stage for the President,” he said.

“However, I never felt that. Maybe because I’m familiar with the job, I was able to start immediately. We only spent time in finding the ‘best and brightest’ appointees,” he added.

‘Health, livelihood, peace’

Health is first on the list of Marcos’ achievements in his first 100 days in office, particularly the country’s pandemic response which he said is now better.

“Even though Covid-19 is still around, we can say that we have improved in handling Covid-19,” he said.

Through the PinasLakas campaign, Marcos said at least 73 million Filipinos have already completed two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, while over 19 million have received their booster shots.

Around 81,000 doses of Covid-19 jabs are administered daily, according to him.

“Because of the good numbers, we have reached the point where wearing a mask outside is now voluntary. I hope that everyone will get their booster shots,” Marcos said.

Likewise, he mentioned the latest release of funds by the Department of Budget and Management for the special risk allowance amounting to P1.04 billion for healthcare workers.

He also cited the return of face-to-face classes of about 28 million learners after more than two years under the Covid-19 pandemic.

Economic recovery

Meanwhile, Marcos highlighted his administration’s post-pandemic recovery efforts, particularly in terms of strengthening the country’s pandemic-battered economy.

“The recovery of our economy is also the recovery of the Filipino family,” he said.

Citing his recent trips to Singapore, Malaysia, and the United States, Marcos said he collated at least $18.9 billion worth of memorandums of understanding, and letters of intent were signed from these foreign trips.

The chief executive also mentioned the allocation of an additional P84.1 million for the agriculture sector, particularly for local coffee production, as well as the rehabilitation of high-value crop development programs in the country.

He added that he issued an order imposing a one-year moratorium on the annual amortization and interest payments of agrarian reform beneficiaries.

Peace and order

Peace and order was also highlighted in his first 100 days in the office, particularly in the Bangsamoro region.

“This is the unity we were talking about during the campaign. The MNLF, MILF, and other stakeholders are now included, with better representation from each group, and their working dynamics are better now,” he said.

Likewise, he said that the decommissioning program of the government for former rebels who want to return to the government was also continued.

“The peace and unity which are fruits of these programs have maximized the economic potentials of these regions,” he said.

“Many people wanted to do business with them. Investors are confident because of the efficient and stable government in these areas,” he added.

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