Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo on Friday said the first 100 days of the Duterte administration was too short a time to accomplish targets.
But even if goals had been reached, Filipinos should not be complacent, she added.
“Everybody of us should not be satisfied [at this point], considering that our country has a lot of problems. I would say the President is also not satisfied because 100 days is too short a time. Even us in the Office of the Vice President, we have dreamed of accomplishing a lot in 100 days,” Robredo, also the chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, said.
While Duterte’s first 100 days had been marked by a bloody war against drugs that has, however, remained popular despite leaving at least 3,000 drug peddlers dead and over 700,000 drug dependents surrendering to authorities, Robredo will mark her first 100 days in office by hosting the Anti-Poverty Summit.
The summit will provide a venue for the 60 local government units to secure aid from private-sector companies, as well as non-government organizations and international agencies based on the LGUs’ pressing needs.
The 60 LGUs were chosen based on their high incidence of poverty, malnutrition, maternal death and their record of successful engagement with both government and non-government initiatives that provide social services.
Duterte won by an overwhelming mandate (16 million) in the May 2016 polls on his promise of eradicating crime and corruption in three to six months.
But before hitting his first 100 days in office, the President had asked for a six-month extension on fulfilling his campaign promise last month by saying that he did not realize that the crime and corruption problem is so huge until he became President.
Duterte has rated his first 100 days in office as six out of 10.
“The President even asked for an extension because… there’s traffic, the drug problem…the 100 days would just pass by quickly. With us [in the Office of the Vice President], we were also able to score gains on things, but we can’t cover everything [in 100 days]. Now, half of my time is [focused]on addressing housing problems because there’s also a huge problem on that [and]100 days is not enough [to solve them all],” Robredo, a lawyer, said.
The Vice President was referring to data that only 25,000 houses out of the 205,000 required housing units for Typhoon Yolanda victims were built by the government.
It supposedly takes two to three years to process a housing project–a result of the policy wherein a land cannot be cleared for a housing project if it is not titled.
Meanwhile, Duterte ally and Rep. Luis Raymund Villafuerte of Camarines Sur praised the Duterte administration for its efforts to implement reforms in its first 100 days in office.
“Finally, we have a leader who is not hesitant to implement out-of-the box solutions to our problems. Rather than focus on what he says, why don’t we support him instead? What is important is that he gets things done and fast,” Villafuerte, a former Camarines Sur governor, said in a statement.
Villafuerte was alluding to Duterte’s foul mouth that has cursed the United States, the United Nations and the European Union in his first 100 days in office in defending his intensified anti-drug war.
The lawmaker said such outbursts were just noises, considering that even the World Bank has remained optimistic on economic projections for the Philippines, with an expected 6.4 percent gross domestic product growth this year and 6.2 percent in the next two years.