President Rodrigo Duterte to focus on agriculture, health and education

Rodrigo Duterte impressed Philippine voters with his vows to kill criminals and challenge the elite's grip on the economy
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

EDUCATION, agriculture and health will get the biggest chunk of funds from the multi-billion dollar loans the Duterte administration obtained from China.

This was disclosed on Sunday by President Rodrigo Duterte during his visit to the typhoon ravaged province of Isabela.

“Ang thrust kasi ng gobyerno ko is first education, second is agriculture, and third is health,” he told Isabela provincial officials as he oversee the distribution of relief goods d other assistance to the victims of typhoon “Lawin”.

He assured the people of Ilagan, Isabela, whose primary source of income is agriculture; that agricultural sector would get a big chunk from the multi-billion dollar loans he received during his recent visit to China.

 During his visit, the President also distributed around 37 million worth of seeds to the farmers of Isabela.

“Masiguro ho ninyo na ang una talagang beneficiary diyan ang agriculture. Meron kayong malaki diyan dahil iyan ang unang problema natin sa bayan: agriculture,” Duterte said adding . 

”I can assure you dito sa gobyerno iyang trillion na [loans] na ‘yan kung magdating will be used precisely and entirely for the benefit of the Filipino people.”

At the same time, the President said he will also prioritize the health of Filipinos as he disclosed plans to revive the Botika ng Bayan, which provides low-cost and high-quality medicines especially for less privileged Filipinos.

 He noted that the funds for the revival of this and other social program will be drawn from the earnings of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor).


Rodolfo Andal
Aside for writing for Beyond Deadlines, Rodolfo "Rudy" Andal is also a senior reporter of Pilipino Star Ngayon covering the Malacanang beat, a prized assignment for Philippine based reporters. He started working as journalist in 1989 and is a news stringer of Associated Press and Asahi Shimbun, two of the most prestigious wire services in the world.

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