10 major achievements of the Duterte administration and 10 major issues and challenges

Posted: October 6, 2016 in Uncategorized

1. Historic assertion of national sovereignty and an independent foreign policy against US intervention. Ending US war games in the Philippines, ending joint patrols in disputed waters, reviewing the EDCA and opening PH doors for equal and mutually beneficial relations with countries not aligned with the US.
2. Resumption of peace talks with the NDFP, the release of political prisoners, affirmation of previous agreements, acceleration of discussions on substantive agenda and the historic indefinite unilateral ceasefires by both sides of the armed conflict. 
3. Appointments of progressives to key cabinet posts such as DSWD, DAR, NAPC, as well as officials in DOLE and the Presidential Commission on Urban Poor.
4. Distribution of 358 hectares in Hacienda Luisita and a nationwide freeze in land conversion as ordered by the Presidential Agrarian Reform Commission. 
5. Mining audit and the suspension of companies engaged in destructive mining operations. 
6. And end to the “tanim-bala” scam and the scrapping of the Overseas Employment Certificate for returning OFW’s. 
7. DSWD Memorandum Circular 9 which upholds the Supreme Court ruling against pork barrel funds by members of Congress, and gives the DSWD the final say in determining what kind of assistance will be given to requests endorsed by lawmakers. 
8. Creating favorable conditions for the return of the displaced Lumad to their communities. Official acknowledgement that paramilitary groups sowing terror in the countryside are government-backed.
9. Exposing the gravity and extent of problem of illegal drugs and its connection to corruption in the police, local government units and agencies of the executive.
10. Freedom of Information Executive Order during its first month in office, covering all agencies under the executive branch. 

10 major issues and challenges

1. Increased  US intervention and other counter-actions aimed at undermining the Duterte government amid its strong assertion of national sovereignty. Resistance from within the government by pro-US cabinet and military officials. 
2. Resistance by rightist, militarist and pro-imperialist groups to peace efforts. Continuing militarization and operation of paramilitary groups. The need to address the socio-economic roots of the armed conflict as well as the need to pass a general amnesty proclamation for political prisoners. 
3. The rising death toll in the war on drugs and the worsening climate of impunity involving state security forces. Increasing violations of due process and human rights. 

4. The continuing adoption of the neoliberal economic framework by Duterte’s economic team, relying heavily on foreign investments, foreign debt, overseas remittances and public-private partnership projects. 
5. Resistance by big business to efforts to end contractualization and for the passage of a national minimum wage. The lack of clear guidelines and steps by the DOLE to end contractualization.
6. The persistence of the neoliberal, anti-student K-12 program in the service of global manpower needs and of private profits in the education sector.
7. Continuing corporatization of health services and the adoption of neoliberal programs in the health sector by the DOH.
8. Transportation and traffic woes and questions regarding emergency powers for the transportation department.
9. DOF’s anti people tax reforms that seek to remove  VAT exemptions to senior citizens and PWD’s and raise excise taxes on petroleum products. 
10. Intensifying contradictions among different political factions, exposing the rottenness of the ruling system.


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