• CLuzon vow as Duterte’s partners for change


    President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s inaugural address drew positive reactions from various sectors in Central Luzon, describing it as simple, direct to the point and clearly reflecting the Filipinos’ longing for change, especially in dealing with crimes, illegal drugs and corruption.

    Most people in the region were glued to various platforms on Thursday to listen, watch and follow the 16th President of the country as he outlined his administration’s plans, with his first directive to the members of his cabinet to stamp out red tape in all government transactions.

    Lawyer Jose Catapang said the speech was well said, straightforward and strongly reiterated the Chief Executive’s desire to maintain peace and order that would propel the country to progress and development.

    “President Duterte’s inaugural address described in a nutshell the kind of government he will lead. It is very inspiring for us who have been longing for change,” Catapang said.

    Engineer Ricardo San Jose agreed with the President that the country needs drastic reforms to confront the eroding faith and trust in government.

    “It is very encouraging as the days of crooks in government are now numbered. It is a gigantic task as he goes on to clean and overhaul the bureaucracy, but I strongly believe that he can do it. Of course, we need to do our part. Change should start with every individual,” San Jose added.

    Myra Sandoval, a student at the Don Honorio Ventura Technology State University, said the President’s address raises high hopes that change is indeed coming for the betterment of the nation and the Filipino people.

    “We, the youth, need to do our share to achieve our common goal. Let us be a partner for change,” she said.

    Nora Carreon, a housewife and mother of four children, said that every word uttered by Duterte in his inaugural address was filled with love for the country and the Filipino people.

    “I was teary-eyed because I do believe that change is really coming through his strong leadership. Let us rally behind our new President,” she said.

    The agriculture sector in the region likewise hailed the President’s inaugural address with high hopes that the new administration would give priority to the plight of the farmers and fisherfolk.

    Farmer Fidel de la Rosa said he is optimistic that the Duterte administration will implement more programs in the agricultural sector that could uplift their lives.

    Likewise, the business sector in the region was convinced that the President’s inaugural address manifests strong commitment to curb corruption and criminality which could spur development, particularly in the countryside.

    “The President’s message is loud and clear. What I like most is the point where he ordered his department secretaries and the heads of agencies to refrain from changing and bending the rules of government contracts, transactions and projects already approved and awaiting implementation,” businessman Manuel Campos said.

    Campos expressed confidence that the Duterte administration would further develop the Clark International Airport in a vision to become the premier gateway for Central and Northern Luzon.

    Lawyer Emigdio Tanjuatco 3rd, president and CEO of the Clark International Airport, said they will support the plans and programs of the Duterte administration, in particular, the further growth and development of the airport.

    Similarly, following his taking the oath of office, Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado vowed support to Duterte’s war against all forms of illegal activities.

    In a media conference held shortly after the Mass Oath Taking ceremony of Bulacan officials at the new Capitol Gym in the City of Malolos on Thursday morning, Alvarado said they are also focused on peace and order situation, praising the President’s strong leadership who can address the major ills of the country like drugs, crime and environmental issues like mining.

    Alvarado likened the incoming administration of Duterte to a “good family” saying that if there’s discipline, obedience and love the Chief Executive will be free to focus on pertinent national concerns and issues.



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