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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Critics Say Duterte's SONA Has Nothing? Look at the 20 Notable Things President Duterte Said

SONA 2017 started at exactly 4:20 in the afternoon and lasted 2 hours and 6 minutes (6:26 p.m.), longer that his previous SONA.  Known for his no-holds-barred speeches and fiery statements, Duterte delivered once again his colorful tirades and expletives mixed with report of plans for the country.  Here are ten important points that the President mentioned in his annual State of the Nation Address:  On Crime and Drugs 1. The President stated "The fight against illegal drugs will continue because that is the root cause of so much evil and so much suffering."  2. Duterte asked Congress to act on all pending legislations to reimpose the death penalty on heinous crimes – especially on the trafficking of illegal drugs.  On Peace and the Martial Law  3.  "It is not the peace of the dead but the peace of the living that we seek." Duterte reiterated the search for a lasting peace in Mindanao. One step to achieve it is the expansion of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission [BTC] by giving representation to indigenous peoples, women, children, and sultanates, and key stakeholders in the drafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.  4. "I declared martial law in Mindanao because I believed that that was the fastest way to quell the rebellion at the least cost of lives and properties" the President said.  On Education 5. Duterte affirmed his commitment to fully implement the K to 12 program that highlights skills training, learner mobility, and lifelong learning among Filipinos. The government has increased the number of out-of-school children and youth who have availed of the Alternative Learning System.  6. Wi-Fi access shall be provided at no charge in selected public places including parks, plazas, public libraries, schools, government hospitals, train stations, airports and seaports.   On Health Care 7. On Reproductive Health (RH) Law, implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law must be put into full force and effect.   8. Filipinos now have equitable access to quality and affordable health services due to expanded health insurance coverage and benefits. The destitute and the indigents, or those who just could not afford hospitalization, can now be provided with free services of government-operated and public hospitals as well by strengthening the implementation of the No Balance Billing Policy.   9. Smoking Ban: Executive Order No. 26 imposed a ban on smoking in public places to mitigate the health consequences of the vice. The government will provide a more supportive environment for those who are attempting to quit tobacco use. The ban began July 23.   On the Environment 10. Duterte urged the legislators to pass the National Land Use Act to ensure the rational and sustainable use of our land resources. Protection of the environment was also highlighted against irresponsible mining. He also warned mining companies to restore the environment or he will raise taxes. He also advised them to declare correct income and right taxes.  11. Addressing global warming will also be a top priority of government, but upon a fair and acceptable equation. The President insists that environmental quotas on emission must not stifle the country's industrialization.  On Transportation and Infrastructure  12. Duterte expressed gratitude to China for their help on infrastructure projects. China will construct two new bridges across Pasig River, for free. And he revealed that the country will get money from China for constructing new airports.  13. Pasig River Ferry Service System - the revival of the operation of the Pasig River Ferry Service System is a viable solution for the severe traffic congestion in Metro Manila.  14. Improvement of the RORO system by modernizing ports. The government purchased 15 brand new Ro-Ro vessels to ply major nautical routes all over the country. An Asean Ro-Ro Shipping Route was also launched, connecting the ports of Davao and General Santos, Philippines to Bitung, Indonesia.  On Governance and Corruption  15. Duterte mentioned the need to prepare for major calamities like the "Big One," -  a magnitude 7.2 earthquake to be generated by the West Valley Fault. He asked the Congress to pass the Disaster Response bill.  16. President's Hotline or 8888, dedicated to complaints against fixers, corrupt officials, and poor government services and Hotline 911 for emergency response.The president said he will never tolerate corruption in his administration.  17. TRAIN - Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion program to raise the national budget. Tax reforms towards a simpler, more equitable and more efficient tax system that can foster investment and job creation. It will lower personal and corporate income tax rates. The President also aims to relax the bank secrecy law.  Other Matters  18. For OFWs - consolidating and merging agencies and offices having to do with the Overseas Filipino Workers, to have a department that shall focus on and quickly respond to their problems and concerns. Also, the President has increased the budget for OFW assistance and repatriation - from P400M to P1 Billion!   19. Digital terrestrial television broadcasting migration plan - shifting the current analog system of broadcasting to digital systems, also allowing the use of the system for government emergency broadcasts. This will also provide picture and sound quality that is far superior to analog.  20. National Broadband Plan and the National Government Portal - It will allow faster and easier delivery of public services and reduce the number of visits of the public to agencies for government transactions via inter-connectivity of the different government agencies.  The President had a lot to discuss, often laced with off-script ad libs. But in essence, he has delivered a message of hope and one of patience - telling everyone that the job was harder than what he expected. Still, he enjoys a satisfaction rating never been held by any other President before him. Let us see what another year in office will bring.  Good luck Mr. President!




SONA 2017 started at exactly 4:20 in the afternoon and lasted 2 hours and 6 minutes (6:26 p.m.), longer that his previous SONA.  Known for his no-holds-barred speeches and fiery statements, Duterte delivered once again his colorful tirades and expletives mixed with report of plans for the country.

Here are ten important points that the President mentioned in his annual State of the Nation Address:



On Crime and Drugs

1. The President stated "The fight against illegal drugs will continue because that is the root cause of so much evil and so much suffering."

SONA 2017 started at exactly 4:20 in the afternoon and lasted 2 hours and 6 minutes (6:26 p.m.), longer that his previous SONA.  Known for his no-holds-barred speeches and fiery statements, Duterte delivered once again his colorful tirades and expletives mixed with report of plans for the country.  Here are ten important points that the President mentioned in his annual State of the Nation Address:  On Crime and Drugs 1. The President stated "The fight against illegal drugs will continue because that is the root cause of so much evil and so much suffering."  2. Duterte asked Congress to act on all pending legislations to reimpose the death penalty on heinous crimes – especially on the trafficking of illegal drugs.  On Peace and the Martial Law  3.  "It is not the peace of the dead but the peace of the living that we seek." Duterte reiterated the search for a lasting peace in Mindanao. One step to achieve it is the expansion of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission [BTC] by giving representation to indigenous peoples, women, children, and sultanates, and key stakeholders in the drafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.  4. "I declared martial law in Mindanao because I believed that that was the fastest way to quell the rebellion at the least cost of lives and properties" the President said.  On Education 5. Duterte affirmed his commitment to fully implement the K to 12 program that highlights skills training, learner mobility, and lifelong learning among Filipinos. The government has increased the number of out-of-school children and youth who have availed of the Alternative Learning System.  6. Wi-Fi access shall be provided at no charge in selected public places including parks, plazas, public libraries, schools, government hospitals, train stations, airports and seaports.   On Health Care 7. On Reproductive Health (RH) Law, implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law must be put into full force and effect.   8. Filipinos now have equitable access to quality and affordable health services due to expanded health insurance coverage and benefits. The destitute and the indigents, or those who just could not afford hospitalization, can now be provided with free services of government-operated and public hospitals as well by strengthening the implementation of the No Balance Billing Policy.   9. Smoking Ban: Executive Order No. 26 imposed a ban on smoking in public places to mitigate the health consequences of the vice. The government will provide a more supportive environment for those who are attempting to quit tobacco use. The ban began July 23.   On the Environment 10. Duterte urged the legislators to pass the National Land Use Act to ensure the rational and sustainable use of our land resources. Protection of the environment was also highlighted against irresponsible mining. He also warned mining companies to restore the environment or he will raise taxes. He also advised them to declare correct income and right taxes.  11. Addressing global warming will also be a top priority of government, but upon a fair and acceptable equation. The President insists that environmental quotas on emission must not stifle the country's industrialization.  On Transportation and Infrastructure  12. Duterte expressed gratitude to China for their help on infrastructure projects. China will construct two new bridges across Pasig River, for free. And he revealed that the country will get money from China for constructing new airports.  13. Pasig River Ferry Service System - the revival of the operation of the Pasig River Ferry Service System is a viable solution for the severe traffic congestion in Metro Manila.  14. Improvement of the RORO system by modernizing ports. The government purchased 15 brand new Ro-Ro vessels to ply major nautical routes all over the country. An Asean Ro-Ro Shipping Route was also launched, connecting the ports of Davao and General Santos, Philippines to Bitung, Indonesia.  On Governance and Corruption  15. Duterte mentioned the need to prepare for major calamities like the "Big One," -  a magnitude 7.2 earthquake to be generated by the West Valley Fault. He asked the Congress to pass the Disaster Response bill.  16. President's Hotline or 8888, dedicated to complaints against fixers, corrupt officials, and poor government services and Hotline 911 for emergency response.The president said he will never tolerate corruption in his administration.  17. TRAIN - Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion program to raise the national budget. Tax reforms towards a simpler, more equitable and more efficient tax system that can foster investment and job creation. It will lower personal and corporate income tax rates. The President also aims to relax the bank secrecy law.  Other Matters  18. For OFWs - consolidating and merging agencies and offices having to do with the Overseas Filipino Workers, to have a department that shall focus on and quickly respond to their problems and concerns. Also, the President has increased the budget for OFW assistance and repatriation - from P400M to P1 Billion!   19. Digital terrestrial television broadcasting migration plan - shifting the current analog system of broadcasting to digital systems, also allowing the use of the system for government emergency broadcasts. This will also provide picture and sound quality that is far superior to analog.  20. National Broadband Plan and the National Government Portal - It will allow faster and easier delivery of public services and reduce the number of visits of the public to agencies for government transactions via inter-connectivity of the different government agencies.  The President had a lot to discuss, often laced with off-script ad libs. But in essence, he has delivered a message of hope and one of patience - telling everyone that the job was harder than what he expected. Still, he enjoys a satisfaction rating never been held by any other President before him. Let us see what another year in office will bring.  Good luck Mr. President!
600kg meth haul from China seized in Philippines drug bust, Valenzuela City, May 2017 

2. Duterte asked Congress to act on all pending legislations to reimpose the death penalty on heinous crimes – especially on the trafficking of illegal drugs.
SONA 2017 started at exactly 4:20 in the afternoon and lasted 2 hours and 6 minutes (6:26 p.m.), longer that his previous SONA.  Known for his no-holds-barred speeches and fiery statements, Duterte delivered once again his colorful tirades and expletives mixed with report of plans for the country.  Here are ten important points that the President mentioned in his annual State of the Nation Address:  On Crime and Drugs 1. The President stated "The fight against illegal drugs will continue because that is the root cause of so much evil and so much suffering."  2. Duterte asked Congress to act on all pending legislations to reimpose the death penalty on heinous crimes – especially on the trafficking of illegal drugs.  On Peace and the Martial Law  3.  "It is not the peace of the dead but the peace of the living that we seek." Duterte reiterated the search for a lasting peace in Mindanao. One step to achieve it is the expansion of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission [BTC] by giving representation to indigenous peoples, women, children, and sultanates, and key stakeholders in the drafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.  4. "I declared martial law in Mindanao because I believed that that was the fastest way to quell the rebellion at the least cost of lives and properties" the President said.  On Education 5. Duterte affirmed his commitment to fully implement the K to 12 program that highlights skills training, learner mobility, and lifelong learning among Filipinos. The government has increased the number of out-of-school children and youth who have availed of the Alternative Learning System.  6. Wi-Fi access shall be provided at no charge in selected public places including parks, plazas, public libraries, schools, government hospitals, train stations, airports and seaports.   On Health Care 7. On Reproductive Health (RH) Law, implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law must be put into full force and effect.   8. Filipinos now have equitable access to quality and affordable health services due to expanded health insurance coverage and benefits. The destitute and the indigents, or those who just could not afford hospitalization, can now be provided with free services of government-operated and public hospitals as well by strengthening the implementation of the No Balance Billing Policy.   9. Smoking Ban: Executive Order No. 26 imposed a ban on smoking in public places to mitigate the health consequences of the vice. The government will provide a more supportive environment for those who are attempting to quit tobacco use. The ban began July 23.   On the Environment 10. Duterte urged the legislators to pass the National Land Use Act to ensure the rational and sustainable use of our land resources. Protection of the environment was also highlighted against irresponsible mining. He also warned mining companies to restore the environment or he will raise taxes. He also advised them to declare correct income and right taxes.  11. Addressing global warming will also be a top priority of government, but upon a fair and acceptable equation. The President insists that environmental quotas on emission must not stifle the country's industrialization.  On Transportation and Infrastructure  12. Duterte expressed gratitude to China for their help on infrastructure projects. China will construct two new bridges across Pasig River, for free. And he revealed that the country will get money from China for constructing new airports.  13. Pasig River Ferry Service System - the revival of the operation of the Pasig River Ferry Service System is a viable solution for the severe traffic congestion in Metro Manila.  14. Improvement of the RORO system by modernizing ports. The government purchased 15 brand new Ro-Ro vessels to ply major nautical routes all over the country. An Asean Ro-Ro Shipping Route was also launched, connecting the ports of Davao and General Santos, Philippines to Bitung, Indonesia.  On Governance and Corruption  15. Duterte mentioned the need to prepare for major calamities like the "Big One," -  a magnitude 7.2 earthquake to be generated by the West Valley Fault. He asked the Congress to pass the Disaster Response bill.  16. President's Hotline or 8888, dedicated to complaints against fixers, corrupt officials, and poor government services and Hotline 911 for emergency response.The president said he will never tolerate corruption in his administration.  17. TRAIN - Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion program to raise the national budget. Tax reforms towards a simpler, more equitable and more efficient tax system that can foster investment and job creation. It will lower personal and corporate income tax rates. The President also aims to relax the bank secrecy law.  Other Matters  18. For OFWs - consolidating and merging agencies and offices having to do with the Overseas Filipino Workers, to have a department that shall focus on and quickly respond to their problems and concerns.   19. Digital terrestrial television broadcasting migration plan - shifting the current analog system of broadcasting to digital systems, also allowing the use of the system for government emergency broadcasts. This will also provide picture and sound quality that is far superior to analog.  20. National Broadband Plan and the National Government Portal - It will allow faster and easier delivery of public services and reduce the number of visits of the public to agencies for government transactions via inter-connectivity of the different government agencies.  The President had a lot to discuss, often laced with off-script ad libs. But in essence, he has delivered a message of hope and one of patience - telling everyone that the job was harder than what he expected. Still, he enjoys a satisfaction rating never been held by any other President before him. Let us see what another year in office will bring.  Good luck Mr. President!
The lethal injection chamber at New Bilibid Prison.



On Peace and the Martial Law

3.  "It is not the peace of the dead but the peace of the living that we seek." Duterte reiterated the search for a lasting peace in Mindanao. One step to achieve it is the expansion of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission [BTC] by giving representation to indigenous peoples, women, children, and sultanates, and key stakeholders in the drafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.
SONA 2017 started at exactly 4:20 in the afternoon and lasted 2 hours and 6 minutes (6:26 p.m.), longer that his previous SONA.  Known for his no-holds-barred speeches and fiery statements, Duterte delivered once again his colorful tirades and expletives mixed with report of plans for the country.  Here are ten important points that the President mentioned in his annual State of the Nation Address:  On Crime and Drugs 1. The President stated "The fight against illegal drugs will continue because that is the root cause of so much evil and so much suffering."  2. Duterte asked Congress to act on all pending legislations to reimpose the death penalty on heinous crimes – especially on the trafficking of illegal drugs.  On Peace and the Martial Law  3.  "It is not the peace of the dead but the peace of the living that we seek." Duterte reiterated the search for a lasting peace in Mindanao. One step to achieve it is the expansion of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission [BTC] by giving representation to indigenous peoples, women, children, and sultanates, and key stakeholders in the drafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.  4. "I declared martial law in Mindanao because I believed that that was the fastest way to quell the rebellion at the least cost of lives and properties" the President said.  On Education 5. Duterte affirmed his commitment to fully implement the K to 12 program that highlights skills training, learner mobility, and lifelong learning among Filipinos. The government has increased the number of out-of-school children and youth who have availed of the Alternative Learning System.  6. Wi-Fi access shall be provided at no charge in selected public places including parks, plazas, public libraries, schools, government hospitals, train stations, airports and seaports.   On Health Care 7. On Reproductive Health (RH) Law, implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law must be put into full force and effect.   8. Filipinos now have equitable access to quality and affordable health services due to expanded health insurance coverage and benefits. The destitute and the indigents, or those who just could not afford hospitalization, can now be provided with free services of government-operated and public hospitals as well by strengthening the implementation of the No Balance Billing Policy.   9. Smoking Ban: Executive Order No. 26 imposed a ban on smoking in public places to mitigate the health consequences of the vice. The government will provide a more supportive environment for those who are attempting to quit tobacco use. The ban began July 23.   On the Environment 10. Duterte urged the legislators to pass the National Land Use Act to ensure the rational and sustainable use of our land resources. Protection of the environment was also highlighted against irresponsible mining. He also warned mining companies to restore the environment or he will raise taxes. He also advised them to declare correct income and right taxes.  11. Addressing global warming will also be a top priority of government, but upon a fair and acceptable equation. The President insists that environmental quotas on emission must not stifle the country's industrialization.  On Transportation and Infrastructure  12. Duterte expressed gratitude to China for their help on infrastructure projects. China will construct two new bridges across Pasig River, for free. And he revealed that the country will get money from China for constructing new airports.  13. Pasig River Ferry Service System - the revival of the operation of the Pasig River Ferry Service System is a viable solution for the severe traffic congestion in Metro Manila.  14. Improvement of the RORO system by modernizing ports. The government purchased 15 brand new Ro-Ro vessels to ply major nautical routes all over the country. An Asean Ro-Ro Shipping Route was also launched, connecting the ports of Davao and General Santos, Philippines to Bitung, Indonesia.  On Governance and Corruption  15. Duterte mentioned the need to prepare for major calamities like the "Big One," -  a magnitude 7.2 earthquake to be generated by the West Valley Fault. He asked the Congress to pass the Disaster Response bill.  16. President's Hotline or 8888, dedicated to complaints against fixers, corrupt officials, and poor government services and Hotline 911 for emergency response.The president said he will never tolerate corruption in his administration.  17. TRAIN - Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion program to raise the national budget. Tax reforms towards a simpler, more equitable and more efficient tax system that can foster investment and job creation. It will lower personal and corporate income tax rates. The President also aims to relax the bank secrecy law.  Other Matters  18. For OFWs - consolidating and merging agencies and offices having to do with the Overseas Filipino Workers, to have a department that shall focus on and quickly respond to their problems and concerns.   19. Digital terrestrial television broadcasting migration plan - shifting the current analog system of broadcasting to digital systems, also allowing the use of the system for government emergency broadcasts. This will also provide picture and sound quality that is far superior to analog.  20. National Broadband Plan and the National Government Portal - It will allow faster and easier delivery of public services and reduce the number of visits of the public to agencies for government transactions via inter-connectivity of the different government agencies.  The President had a lot to discuss, often laced with off-script ad libs. But in essence, he has delivered a message of hope and one of patience - telling everyone that the job was harder than what he expected. Still, he enjoys a satisfaction rating never been held by any other President before him. Let us see what another year in office will bring.  Good luck Mr. President!
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the Executive Order reconstituting the Bangsamoro Transition Commission in Malacañan Palace, November 2016







4. "I declared martial law in Mindanao because I believed that that was the fastest way to quell the rebellion at the least cost of lives and properties" the President said.

SONA 2017 started at exactly 4:20 in the afternoon and lasted 2 hours and 6 minutes (6:26 p.m.), longer that his previous SONA.  Known for his no-holds-barred speeches and fiery statements, Duterte delivered once again his colorful tirades and expletives mixed with report of plans for the country.  Here are ten important points that the President mentioned in his annual State of the Nation Address:  On Crime and Drugs 1. The President stated "The fight against illegal drugs will continue because that is the root cause of so much evil and so much suffering."  2. Duterte asked Congress to act on all pending legislations to reimpose the death penalty on heinous crimes – especially on the trafficking of illegal drugs.  On Peace and the Martial Law  3.  "It is not the peace of the dead but the peace of the living that we seek." Duterte reiterated the search for a lasting peace in Mindanao. One step to achieve it is the expansion of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission [BTC] by giving representation to indigenous peoples, women, children, and sultanates, and key stakeholders in the drafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.  4. "I declared martial law in Mindanao because I believed that that was the fastest way to quell the rebellion at the least cost of lives and properties" the President said.  On Education 5. Duterte affirmed his commitment to fully implement the K to 12 program that highlights skills training, learner mobility, and lifelong learning among Filipinos. The government has increased the number of out-of-school children and youth who have availed of the Alternative Learning System.  6. Wi-Fi access shall be provided at no charge in selected public places including parks, plazas, public libraries, schools, government hospitals, train stations, airports and seaports.   On Health Care 7. On Reproductive Health (RH) Law, implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law must be put into full force and effect.   8. Filipinos now have equitable access to quality and affordable health services due to expanded health insurance coverage and benefits. The destitute and the indigents, or those who just could not afford hospitalization, can now be provided with free services of government-operated and public hospitals as well by strengthening the implementation of the No Balance Billing Policy.   9. Smoking Ban: Executive Order No. 26 imposed a ban on smoking in public places to mitigate the health consequences of the vice. The government will provide a more supportive environment for those who are attempting to quit tobacco use. The ban began July 23.   On the Environment 10. Duterte urged the legislators to pass the National Land Use Act to ensure the rational and sustainable use of our land resources. Protection of the environment was also highlighted against irresponsible mining. He also warned mining companies to restore the environment or he will raise taxes. He also advised them to declare correct income and right taxes.  11. Addressing global warming will also be a top priority of government, but upon a fair and acceptable equation. The President insists that environmental quotas on emission must not stifle the country's industrialization.  On Transportation and Infrastructure  12. Duterte expressed gratitude to China for their help on infrastructure projects. China will construct two new bridges across Pasig River, for free. And he revealed that the country will get money from China for constructing new airports.  13. Pasig River Ferry Service System - the revival of the operation of the Pasig River Ferry Service System is a viable solution for the severe traffic congestion in Metro Manila.  14. Improvement of the RORO system by modernizing ports. The government purchased 15 brand new Ro-Ro vessels to ply major nautical routes all over the country. An Asean Ro-Ro Shipping Route was also launched, connecting the ports of Davao and General Santos, Philippines to Bitung, Indonesia.  On Governance and Corruption  15. Duterte mentioned the need to prepare for major calamities like the "Big One," -  a magnitude 7.2 earthquake to be generated by the West Valley Fault. He asked the Congress to pass the Disaster Response bill.  16. President's Hotline or 8888, dedicated to complaints against fixers, corrupt officials, and poor government services and Hotline 911 for emergency response.The president said he will never tolerate corruption in his administration.  17. TRAIN - Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion program to raise the national budget. Tax reforms towards a simpler, more equitable and more efficient tax system that can foster investment and job creation. It will lower personal and corporate income tax rates. The President also aims to relax the bank secrecy law.  Other Matters  18. For OFWs - consolidating and merging agencies and offices having to do with the Overseas Filipino Workers, to have a department that shall focus on and quickly respond to their problems and concerns.   19. Digital terrestrial television broadcasting migration plan - shifting the current analog system of broadcasting to digital systems, also allowing the use of the system for government emergency broadcasts. This will also provide picture and sound quality that is far superior to analog.  20. National Broadband Plan and the National Government Portal - It will allow faster and easier delivery of public services and reduce the number of visits of the public to agencies for government transactions via inter-connectivity of the different government agencies.  The President had a lot to discuss, often laced with off-script ad libs. But in essence, he has delivered a message of hope and one of patience - telling everyone that the job was harder than what he expected. Still, he enjoys a satisfaction rating never been held by any other President before him. Let us see what another year in office will bring.  Good luck Mr. President!
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte examines militant weapons that were seized at Camp Ranao in Marawi.

On Education
5. Duterte affirmed his commitment to implement the K to 12 program that highlights skills training, learner mobility, and lifelong learning among Filipinos. The government has increased the number of out-of-school children and youth who have availed of the Alternative Learning System.
SONA 2017 started at exactly 4:20 in the afternoon and lasted 2 hours and 6 minutes (6:26 p.m.), longer that his previous SONA.  Known for his no-holds-barred speeches and fiery statements, Duterte delivered once again his colorful tirades and expletives mixed with report of plans for the country.  Here are ten important points that the President mentioned in his annual State of the Nation Address:  On Crime and Drugs 1. The President stated "The fight against illegal drugs will continue because that is the root cause of so much evil and so much suffering."  2. Duterte asked Congress to act on all pending legislations to reimpose the death penalty on heinous crimes – especially on the trafficking of illegal drugs.  On Peace and the Martial Law  3.  "It is not the peace of the dead but the peace of the living that we seek." Duterte reiterated the search for a lasting peace in Mindanao. One step to achieve it is the expansion of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission [BTC] by giving representation to indigenous peoples, women, children, and sultanates, and key stakeholders in the drafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.  4. "I declared martial law in Mindanao because I believed that that was the fastest way to quell the rebellion at the least cost of lives and properties" the President said.  On Education 5. Duterte affirmed his commitment to fully implement the K to 12 program that highlights skills training, learner mobility, and lifelong learning among Filipinos. The government has increased the number of out-of-school children and youth who have availed of the Alternative Learning System.  6. Wi-Fi access shall be provided at no charge in selected public places including parks, plazas, public libraries, schools, government hospitals, train stations, airports and seaports.   On Health Care 7. On Reproductive Health (RH) Law, implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law must be put into full force and effect.   8. Filipinos now have equitable access to quality and affordable health services due to expanded health insurance coverage and benefits. The destitute and the indigents, or those who just could not afford hospitalization, can now be provided with free services of government-operated and public hospitals as well by strengthening the implementation of the No Balance Billing Policy.   9. Smoking Ban: Executive Order No. 26 imposed a ban on smoking in public places to mitigate the health consequences of the vice. The government will provide a more supportive environment for those who are attempting to quit tobacco use. The ban began July 23.   On the Environment 10. Duterte urged the legislators to pass the National Land Use Act to ensure the rational and sustainable use of our land resources. Protection of the environment was also highlighted against irresponsible mining. He also warned mining companies to restore the environment or he will raise taxes. He also advised them to declare correct income and right taxes.  11. Addressing global warming will also be a top priority of government, but upon a fair and acceptable equation. The President insists that environmental quotas on emission must not stifle the country's industrialization.  On Transportation and Infrastructure  12. Duterte expressed gratitude to China for their help on infrastructure projects. China will construct two new bridges across Pasig River, for free. And he revealed that the country will get money from China for constructing new airports.  13. Pasig River Ferry Service System - the revival of the operation of the Pasig River Ferry Service System is a viable solution for the severe traffic congestion in Metro Manila.  14. Improvement of the RORO system by modernizing ports. The government purchased 15 brand new Ro-Ro vessels to ply major nautical routes all over the country. An Asean Ro-Ro Shipping Route was also launched, connecting the ports of Davao and General Santos, Philippines to Bitung, Indonesia.  On Governance and Corruption  15. Duterte mentioned the need to prepare for major calamities like the "Big One," -  a magnitude 7.2 earthquake to be generated by the West Valley Fault. He asked the Congress to pass the Disaster Response bill.  16. President's Hotline or 8888, dedicated to complaints against fixers, corrupt officials, and poor government services and Hotline 911 for emergency response.The president said he will never tolerate corruption in his administration.  17. TRAIN - Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion program to raise the national budget. Tax reforms towards a simpler, more equitable and more efficient tax system that can foster investment and job creation. It will lower personal and corporate income tax rates. The President also aims to relax the bank secrecy law.  Other Matters  18. For OFWs - consolidating and merging agencies and offices having to do with the Overseas Filipino Workers, to have a department that shall focus on and quickly respond to their problems and concerns. Also, the President has increased the budget for OFW assistance and repatriation - from P400M to P1 Billion!   19. Digital terrestrial television broadcasting migration plan - shifting the current analog system of broadcasting to digital systems, also allowing the use of the system for government emergency broadcasts. This will also provide picture and sound quality that is far superior to analog.  20. National Broadband Plan and the National Government Portal - It will allow faster and easier delivery of public services and reduce the number of visits of the public to agencies for government transactions via inter-connectivity of the different government agencies.  The President had a lot to discuss, often laced with off-script ad libs. But in essence, he has delivered a message of hope and one of patience - telling everyone that the job was harder than what he expected. Still, he enjoys a satisfaction rating never been held by any other President before him. Let us see what another year in office will bring.  Good luck Mr. President!
The Education Department continues to receive the largest budget under President Duterte.

6. Wi-Fi access shall be provided at no charge in selected public places including parks, plazas, public libraries, schools, government hospitals, train stations, airports and seaports.
SONA 2017 started at exactly 4:20 in the afternoon and lasted 2 hours and 6 minutes (6:26 p.m.), longer that his previous SONA.  Known for his no-holds-barred speeches and fiery statements, Duterte delivered once again his colorful tirades and expletives mixed with report of plans for the country.  Here are ten important points that the President mentioned in his annual State of the Nation Address:  On Crime and Drugs 1. The President stated "The fight against illegal drugs will continue because that is the root cause of so much evil and so much suffering."  2. Duterte asked Congress to act on all pending legislations to reimpose the death penalty on heinous crimes – especially on the trafficking of illegal drugs.  On Peace and the Martial Law  3.  "It is not the peace of the dead but the peace of the living that we seek." Duterte reiterated the search for a lasting peace in Mindanao. One step to achieve it is the expansion of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission [BTC] by giving representation to indigenous peoples, women, children, and sultanates, and key stakeholders in the drafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.  4. "I declared martial law in Mindanao because I believed that that was the fastest way to quell the rebellion at the least cost of lives and properties" the President said.  On Education 5. Duterte affirmed his commitment to fully implement the K to 12 program that highlights skills training, learner mobility, and lifelong learning among Filipinos. The government has increased the number of out-of-school children and youth who have availed of the Alternative Learning System.  6. Wi-Fi access shall be provided at no charge in selected public places including parks, plazas, public libraries, schools, government hospitals, train stations, airports and seaports.   On Health Care 7. On Reproductive Health (RH) Law, implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law must be put into full force and effect.   8. Filipinos now have equitable access to quality and affordable health services due to expanded health insurance coverage and benefits. The destitute and the indigents, or those who just could not afford hospitalization, can now be provided with free services of government-operated and public hospitals as well by strengthening the implementation of the No Balance Billing Policy.   9. Smoking Ban: Executive Order No. 26 imposed a ban on smoking in public places to mitigate the health consequences of the vice. The government will provide a more supportive environment for those who are attempting to quit tobacco use. The ban began July 23.   On the Environment 10. Duterte urged the legislators to pass the National Land Use Act to ensure the rational and sustainable use of our land resources. Protection of the environment was also highlighted against irresponsible mining. He also warned mining companies to restore the environment or he will raise taxes. He also advised them to declare correct income and right taxes.  11. Addressing global warming will also be a top priority of government, but upon a fair and acceptable equation. The President insists that environmental quotas on emission must not stifle the country's industrialization.  On Transportation and Infrastructure  12. Duterte expressed gratitude to China for their help on infrastructure projects. China will construct two new bridges across Pasig River, for free. And he revealed that the country will get money from China for constructing new airports.  13. Pasig River Ferry Service System - the revival of the operation of the Pasig River Ferry Service System is a viable solution for the severe traffic congestion in Metro Manila.  14. Improvement of the RORO system by modernizing ports. The government purchased 15 brand new Ro-Ro vessels to ply major nautical routes all over the country. An Asean Ro-Ro Shipping Route was also launched, connecting the ports of Davao and General Santos, Philippines to Bitung, Indonesia.  On Governance and Corruption  15. Duterte mentioned the need to prepare for major calamities like the "Big One," -  a magnitude 7.2 earthquake to be generated by the West Valley Fault. He asked the Congress to pass the Disaster Response bill.  16. President's Hotline or 8888, dedicated to complaints against fixers, corrupt officials, and poor government services and Hotline 911 for emergency response.The president said he will never tolerate corruption in his administration.  17. TRAIN - Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion program to raise the national budget. Tax reforms towards a simpler, more equitable and more efficient tax system that can foster investment and job creation. It will lower personal and corporate income tax rates. The President also aims to relax the bank secrecy law.  Other Matters  18. For OFWs - consolidating and merging agencies and offices having to do with the Overseas Filipino Workers, to have a department that shall focus on and quickly respond to their problems and concerns.   19. Digital terrestrial television broadcasting migration plan - shifting the current analog system of broadcasting to digital systems, also allowing the use of the system for government emergency broadcasts. This will also provide picture and sound quality that is far superior to analog.  20. National Broadband Plan and the National Government Portal - It will allow faster and easier delivery of public services and reduce the number of visits of the public to agencies for government transactions via inter-connectivity of the different government agencies.  The President had a lot to discuss, often laced with off-script ad libs. But in essence, he has delivered a message of hope and one of patience - telling everyone that the job was harder than what he expected. Still, he enjoys a satisfaction rating never been held by any other President before him. Let us see what another year in office will bring.  Good luck Mr. President!


On Health Care
7. On Reproductive Health (RH) Law, implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law must be put into full force and effect.
SONA 2017 started at exactly 4:20 in the afternoon and lasted 2 hours and 6 minutes (6:26 p.m.), longer that his previous SONA.  Known for his no-holds-barred speeches and fiery statements, Duterte delivered once again his colorful tirades and expletives mixed with report of plans for the country.  Here are ten important points that the President mentioned in his annual State of the Nation Address:  On Crime and Drugs 1. The President stated "The fight against illegal drugs will continue because that is the root cause of so much evil and so much suffering."  2. Duterte asked Congress to act on all pending legislations to reimpose the death penalty on heinous crimes – especially on the trafficking of illegal drugs.  On Peace and the Martial Law  3.  "It is not the peace of the dead but the peace of the living that we seek." Duterte reiterated the search for a lasting peace in Mindanao. One step to achieve it is the expansion of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission [BTC] by giving representation to indigenous peoples, women, children, and sultanates, and key stakeholders in the drafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.  4. "I declared martial law in Mindanao because I believed that that was the fastest way to quell the rebellion at the least cost of lives and properties" the President said.  On Education 5. Duterte affirmed his commitment to fully implement the K to 12 program that highlights skills training, learner mobility, and lifelong learning among Filipinos. The government has increased the number of out-of-school children and youth who have availed of the Alternative Learning System.  6. Wi-Fi access shall be provided at no charge in selected public places including parks, plazas, public libraries, schools, government hospitals, train stations, airports and seaports.   On Health Care 7. On Reproductive Health (RH) Law, implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law must be put into full force and effect.   8. Filipinos now have equitable access to quality and affordable health services due to expanded health insurance coverage and benefits. The destitute and the indigents, or those who just could not afford hospitalization, can now be provided with free services of government-operated and public hospitals as well by strengthening the implementation of the No Balance Billing Policy.   9. Smoking Ban: Executive Order No. 26 imposed a ban on smoking in public places to mitigate the health consequences of the vice. The government will provide a more supportive environment for those who are attempting to quit tobacco use. The ban began July 23.   On the Environment 10. Duterte urged the legislators to pass the National Land Use Act to ensure the rational and sustainable use of our land resources. Protection of the environment was also highlighted against irresponsible mining. He also warned mining companies to restore the environment or he will raise taxes. He also advised them to declare correct income and right taxes.  11. Addressing global warming will also be a top priority of government, but upon a fair and acceptable equation. The President insists that environmental quotas on emission must not stifle the country's industrialization.  On Transportation and Infrastructure  12. Duterte expressed gratitude to China for their help on infrastructure projects. China will construct two new bridges across Pasig River, for free. And he revealed that the country will get money from China for constructing new airports.  13. Pasig River Ferry Service System - the revival of the operation of the Pasig River Ferry Service System is a viable solution for the severe traffic congestion in Metro Manila.  14. Improvement of the RORO system by modernizing ports. The government purchased 15 brand new Ro-Ro vessels to ply major nautical routes all over the country. An Asean Ro-Ro Shipping Route was also launched, connecting the ports of Davao and General Santos, Philippines to Bitung, Indonesia.  On Governance and Corruption  15. Duterte mentioned the need to prepare for major calamities like the "Big One," -  a magnitude 7.2 earthquake to be generated by the West Valley Fault. He asked the Congress to pass the Disaster Response bill.  16. President's Hotline or 8888, dedicated to complaints against fixers, corrupt officials, and poor government services and Hotline 911 for emergency response.The president said he will never tolerate corruption in his administration.  17. TRAIN - Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion program to raise the national budget. Tax reforms towards a simpler, more equitable and more efficient tax system that can foster investment and job creation. It will lower personal and corporate income tax rates. The President also aims to relax the bank secrecy law.  Other Matters  18. For OFWs - consolidating and merging agencies and offices having to do with the Overseas Filipino Workers, to have a department that shall focus on and quickly respond to their problems and concerns.   19. Digital terrestrial television broadcasting migration plan - shifting the current analog system of broadcasting to digital systems, also allowing the use of the system for government emergency broadcasts. This will also provide picture and sound quality that is far superior to analog.  20. National Broadband Plan and the National Government Portal - It will allow faster and easier delivery of public services and reduce the number of visits of the public to agencies for government transactions via inter-connectivity of the different government agencies.  The President had a lot to discuss, often laced with off-script ad libs. But in essence, he has delivered a message of hope and one of patience - telling everyone that the job was harder than what he expected. Still, he enjoys a satisfaction rating never been held by any other President before him. Let us see what another year in office will bring.  Good luck Mr. President!
Fabella Hospital - where more babies are born everyday than anywhere in the country.

8. Filipinos now have equitable access to quality and affordable health services due to expanded health insurance coverage and benefits. The destitute and the indigents, or those who just could not afford hospitalization, can now be provided with free services of government-operated and public hospitals as well by strengthening the implementation of the No Balance Billing Policy.
SONA 2017 started at exactly 4:20 in the afternoon and lasted 2 hours and 6 minutes (6:26 p.m.), longer that his previous SONA.  Known for his no-holds-barred speeches and fiery statements, Duterte delivered once again his colorful tirades and expletives mixed with report of plans for the country.  Here are ten important points that the President mentioned in his annual State of the Nation Address:  On Crime and Drugs 1. The President stated "The fight against illegal drugs will continue because that is the root cause of so much evil and so much suffering."  2. Duterte asked Congress to act on all pending legislations to reimpose the death penalty on heinous crimes – especially on the trafficking of illegal drugs.  On Peace and the Martial Law  3.  "It is not the peace of the dead but the peace of the living that we seek." Duterte reiterated the search for a lasting peace in Mindanao. One step to achieve it is the expansion of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission [BTC] by giving representation to indigenous peoples, women, children, and sultanates, and key stakeholders in the drafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.  4. "I declared martial law in Mindanao because I believed that that was the fastest way to quell the rebellion at the least cost of lives and properties" the President said.  On Education 5. Duterte affirmed his commitment to fully implement the K to 12 program that highlights skills training, learner mobility, and lifelong learning among Filipinos. The government has increased the number of out-of-school children and youth who have availed of the Alternative Learning System.  6. Wi-Fi access shall be provided at no charge in selected public places including parks, plazas, public libraries, schools, government hospitals, train stations, airports and seaports.   On Health Care 7. On Reproductive Health (RH) Law, implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law must be put into full force and effect.   8. Filipinos now have equitable access to quality and affordable health services due to expanded health insurance coverage and benefits. The destitute and the indigents, or those who just could not afford hospitalization, can now be provided with free services of government-operated and public hospitals as well by strengthening the implementation of the No Balance Billing Policy.   9. Smoking Ban: Executive Order No. 26 imposed a ban on smoking in public places to mitigate the health consequences of the vice. The government will provide a more supportive environment for those who are attempting to quit tobacco use. The ban began July 23.   On the Environment 10. Duterte urged the legislators to pass the National Land Use Act to ensure the rational and sustainable use of our land resources. Protection of the environment was also highlighted against irresponsible mining. He also warned mining companies to restore the environment or he will raise taxes. He also advised them to declare correct income and right taxes.  11. Addressing global warming will also be a top priority of government, but upon a fair and acceptable equation. The President insists that environmental quotas on emission must not stifle the country's industrialization.  On Transportation and Infrastructure  12. Duterte expressed gratitude to China for their help on infrastructure projects. China will construct two new bridges across Pasig River, for free. And he revealed that the country will get money from China for constructing new airports.  13. Pasig River Ferry Service System - the revival of the operation of the Pasig River Ferry Service System is a viable solution for the severe traffic congestion in Metro Manila.  14. Improvement of the RORO system by modernizing ports. The government purchased 15 brand new Ro-Ro vessels to ply major nautical routes all over the country. An Asean Ro-Ro Shipping Route was also launched, connecting the ports of Davao and General Santos, Philippines to Bitung, Indonesia.  On Governance and Corruption  15. Duterte mentioned the need to prepare for major calamities like the "Big One," -  a magnitude 7.2 earthquake to be generated by the West Valley Fault. He asked the Congress to pass the Disaster Response bill.  16. President's Hotline or 8888, dedicated to complaints against fixers, corrupt officials, and poor government services and Hotline 911 for emergency response.The president said he will never tolerate corruption in his administration.  17. TRAIN - Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion program to raise the national budget. Tax reforms towards a simpler, more equitable and more efficient tax system that can foster investment and job creation. It will lower personal and corporate income tax rates. The President also aims to relax the bank secrecy law.  Other Matters  18. For OFWs - consolidating and merging agencies and offices having to do with the Overseas Filipino Workers, to have a department that shall focus on and quickly respond to their problems and concerns.   19. Digital terrestrial television broadcasting migration plan - shifting the current analog system of broadcasting to digital systems, also allowing the use of the system for government emergency broadcasts. This will also provide picture and sound quality that is far superior to analog.  20. National Broadband Plan and the National Government Portal - It will allow faster and easier delivery of public services and reduce the number of visits of the public to agencies for government transactions via inter-connectivity of the different government agencies.  The President had a lot to discuss, often laced with off-script ad libs. But in essence, he has delivered a message of hope and one of patience - telling everyone that the job was harder than what he expected. Still, he enjoys a satisfaction rating never been held by any other President before him. Let us see what another year in office will bring.  Good luck Mr. President!


9. Smoking Ban: Executive Order No. 26 imposed a ban on smoking in public places to mitigate the health consequences of the vice. The government will provide a more supportive environment for those who are attempting to quit tobacco use. The ban began July 23.
SONA 2017 started at exactly 4:20 in the afternoon and lasted 2 hours and 6 minutes (6:26 p.m.), longer that his previous SONA.  Known for his no-holds-barred speeches and fiery statements, Duterte delivered once again his colorful tirades and expletives mixed with report of plans for the country.  Here are ten important points that the President mentioned in his annual State of the Nation Address:  On Crime and Drugs 1. The President stated "The fight against illegal drugs will continue because that is the root cause of so much evil and so much suffering."  2. Duterte asked Congress to act on all pending legislations to reimpose the death penalty on heinous crimes – especially on the trafficking of illegal drugs.  On Peace and the Martial Law  3.  "It is not the peace of the dead but the peace of the living that we seek." Duterte reiterated the search for a lasting peace in Mindanao. One step to achieve it is the expansion of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission [BTC] by giving representation to indigenous peoples, women, children, and sultanates, and key stakeholders in the drafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.  4. "I declared martial law in Mindanao because I believed that that was the fastest way to quell the rebellion at the least cost of lives and properties" the President said.  On Education 5. Duterte affirmed his commitment to fully implement the K to 12 program that highlights skills training, learner mobility, and lifelong learning among Filipinos. The government has increased the number of out-of-school children and youth who have availed of the Alternative Learning System.  6. Wi-Fi access shall be provided at no charge in selected public places including parks, plazas, public libraries, schools, government hospitals, train stations, airports and seaports.   On Health Care 7. On Reproductive Health (RH) Law, implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law must be put into full force and effect.   8. Filipinos now have equitable access to quality and affordable health services due to expanded health insurance coverage and benefits. The destitute and the indigents, or those who just could not afford hospitalization, can now be provided with free services of government-operated and public hospitals as well by strengthening the implementation of the No Balance Billing Policy.   9. Smoking Ban: Executive Order No. 26 imposed a ban on smoking in public places to mitigate the health consequences of the vice. The government will provide a more supportive environment for those who are attempting to quit tobacco use. The ban began July 23.   On the Environment 10. Duterte urged the legislators to pass the National Land Use Act to ensure the rational and sustainable use of our land resources. Protection of the environment was also highlighted against irresponsible mining. He also warned mining companies to restore the environment or he will raise taxes. He also advised them to declare correct income and right taxes.  11. Addressing global warming will also be a top priority of government, but upon a fair and acceptable equation. The President insists that environmental quotas on emission must not stifle the country's industrialization.  On Transportation and Infrastructure  12. Duterte expressed gratitude to China for their help on infrastructure projects. China will construct two new bridges across Pasig River, for free. And he revealed that the country will get money from China for constructing new airports.  13. Pasig River Ferry Service System - the revival of the operation of the Pasig River Ferry Service System is a viable solution for the severe traffic congestion in Metro Manila.  14. Improvement of the RORO system by modernizing ports. The government purchased 15 brand new Ro-Ro vessels to ply major nautical routes all over the country. An Asean Ro-Ro Shipping Route was also launched, connecting the ports of Davao and General Santos, Philippines to Bitung, Indonesia.  On Governance and Corruption  15. Duterte mentioned the need to prepare for major calamities like the "Big One," -  a magnitude 7.2 earthquake to be generated by the West Valley Fault. He asked the Congress to pass the Disaster Response bill.  16. President's Hotline or 8888, dedicated to complaints against fixers, corrupt officials, and poor government services and Hotline 911 for emergency response.The president said he will never tolerate corruption in his administration.  17. TRAIN - Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion program to raise the national budget. Tax reforms towards a simpler, more equitable and more efficient tax system that can foster investment and job creation. It will lower personal and corporate income tax rates. The President also aims to relax the bank secrecy law.  Other Matters  18. For OFWs - consolidating and merging agencies and offices having to do with the Overseas Filipino Workers, to have a department that shall focus on and quickly respond to their problems and concerns.   19. Digital terrestrial television broadcasting migration plan - shifting the current analog system of broadcasting to digital systems, also allowing the use of the system for government emergency broadcasts. This will also provide picture and sound quality that is far superior to analog.  20. National Broadband Plan and the National Government Portal - It will allow faster and easier delivery of public services and reduce the number of visits of the public to agencies for government transactions via inter-connectivity of the different government agencies.  The President had a lot to discuss, often laced with off-script ad libs. But in essence, he has delivered a message of hope and one of patience - telling everyone that the job was harder than what he expected. Still, he enjoys a satisfaction rating never been held by any other President before him. Let us see what another year in office will bring.  Good luck Mr. President!



On the Environment
10. Duterte urged the legislators to pass the National Land Use Act to ensure the rational and sustainable use of our land resources. Protection of the environment was also highlighted against irresponsible mining. He also warned mining companies to restore the environment or he will raise taxes. He also advised them to declare correct income and right taxes.
SONA 2017 started at exactly 4:20 in the afternoon and lasted 2 hours and 6 minutes (6:26 p.m.), longer that his previous SONA.  Known for his no-holds-barred speeches and fiery statements, Duterte delivered once again his colorful tirades and expletives mixed with report of plans for the country.  Here are ten important points that the President mentioned in his annual State of the Nation Address:  On Crime and Drugs 1. The President stated "The fight against illegal drugs will continue because that is the root cause of so much evil and so much suffering."  2. Duterte asked Congress to act on all pending legislations to reimpose the death penalty on heinous crimes – especially on the trafficking of illegal drugs.  On Peace and the Martial Law  3.  "It is not the peace of the dead but the peace of the living that we seek." Duterte reiterated the search for a lasting peace in Mindanao. One step to achieve it is the expansion of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission [BTC] by giving representation to indigenous peoples, women, children, and sultanates, and key stakeholders in the drafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.  4. "I declared martial law in Mindanao because I believed that that was the fastest way to quell the rebellion at the least cost of lives and properties" the President said.  On Education 5. Duterte affirmed his commitment to fully implement the K to 12 program that highlights skills training, learner mobility, and lifelong learning among Filipinos. The government has increased the number of out-of-school children and youth who have availed of the Alternative Learning System.  6. Wi-Fi access shall be provided at no charge in selected public places including parks, plazas, public libraries, schools, government hospitals, train stations, airports and seaports.   On Health Care 7. On Reproductive Health (RH) Law, implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law must be put into full force and effect.   8. Filipinos now have equitable access to quality and affordable health services due to expanded health insurance coverage and benefits. The destitute and the indigents, or those who just could not afford hospitalization, can now be provided with free services of government-operated and public hospitals as well by strengthening the implementation of the No Balance Billing Policy.   9. Smoking Ban: Executive Order No. 26 imposed a ban on smoking in public places to mitigate the health consequences of the vice. The government will provide a more supportive environment for those who are attempting to quit tobacco use. The ban began July 23.   On the Environment 10. Duterte urged the legislators to pass the National Land Use Act to ensure the rational and sustainable use of our land resources. Protection of the environment was also highlighted against irresponsible mining. He also warned mining companies to restore the environment or he will raise taxes. He also advised them to declare correct income and right taxes.  11. Addressing global warming will also be a top priority of government, but upon a fair and acceptable equation. The President insists that environmental quotas on emission must not stifle the country's industrialization.  On Transportation and Infrastructure  12. Duterte expressed gratitude to China for their help on infrastructure projects. China will construct two new bridges across Pasig River, for free. And he revealed that the country will get money from China for constructing new airports.  13. Pasig River Ferry Service System - the revival of the operation of the Pasig River Ferry Service System is a viable solution for the severe traffic congestion in Metro Manila.  14. Improvement of the RORO system by modernizing ports. The government purchased 15 brand new Ro-Ro vessels to ply major nautical routes all over the country. An Asean Ro-Ro Shipping Route was also launched, connecting the ports of Davao and General Santos, Philippines to Bitung, Indonesia.  On Governance and Corruption  15. Duterte mentioned the need to prepare for major calamities like the "Big One," -  a magnitude 7.2 earthquake to be generated by the West Valley Fault. He asked the Congress to pass the Disaster Response bill.  16. President's Hotline or 8888, dedicated to complaints against fixers, corrupt officials, and poor government services and Hotline 911 for emergency response.The president said he will never tolerate corruption in his administration.  17. TRAIN - Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion program to raise the national budget. Tax reforms towards a simpler, more equitable and more efficient tax system that can foster investment and job creation. It will lower personal and corporate income tax rates. The President also aims to relax the bank secrecy law.  Other Matters  18. For OFWs - consolidating and merging agencies and offices having to do with the Overseas Filipino Workers, to have a department that shall focus on and quickly respond to their problems and concerns.   19. Digital terrestrial television broadcasting migration plan - shifting the current analog system of broadcasting to digital systems, also allowing the use of the system for government emergency broadcasts. This will also provide picture and sound quality that is far superior to analog.  20. National Broadband Plan and the National Government Portal - It will allow faster and easier delivery of public services and reduce the number of visits of the public to agencies for government transactions via inter-connectivity of the different government agencies.  The President had a lot to discuss, often laced with off-script ad libs. But in essence, he has delivered a message of hope and one of patience - telling everyone that the job was harder than what he expected. Still, he enjoys a satisfaction rating never been held by any other President before him. Let us see what another year in office will bring.  Good luck Mr. President!


11. Addressing global warming will also be a top priority of government, but upon a fair and acceptable equation. The President insists that environmental quotas on emission must not stifle the country's industrialization.
SONA 2017 started at exactly 4:20 in the afternoon and lasted 2 hours and 6 minutes (6:26 p.m.), longer that his previous SONA.  Known for his no-holds-barred speeches and fiery statements, Duterte delivered once again his colorful tirades and expletives mixed with report of plans for the country.  Here are ten important points that the President mentioned in his annual State of the Nation Address:  On Crime and Drugs 1. The President stated "The fight against illegal drugs will continue because that is the root cause of so much evil and so much suffering."  2. Duterte asked Congress to act on all pending legislations to reimpose the death penalty on heinous crimes – especially on the trafficking of illegal drugs.  On Peace and the Martial Law  3.  "It is not the peace of the dead but the peace of the living that we seek." Duterte reiterated the search for a lasting peace in Mindanao. One step to achieve it is the expansion of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission [BTC] by giving representation to indigenous peoples, women, children, and sultanates, and key stakeholders in the drafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.  4. "I declared martial law in Mindanao because I believed that that was the fastest way to quell the rebellion at the least cost of lives and properties" the President said.  On Education 5. Duterte affirmed his commitment to fully implement the K to 12 program that highlights skills training, learner mobility, and lifelong learning among Filipinos. The government has increased the number of out-of-school children and youth who have availed of the Alternative Learning System.  6. Wi-Fi access shall be provided at no charge in selected public places including parks, plazas, public libraries, schools, government hospitals, train stations, airports and seaports.   On Health Care 7. On Reproductive Health (RH) Law, implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law must be put into full force and effect.   8. Filipinos now have equitable access to quality and affordable health services due to expanded health insurance coverage and benefits. The destitute and the indigents, or those who just could not afford hospitalization, can now be provided with free services of government-operated and public hospitals as well by strengthening the implementation of the No Balance Billing Policy.   9. Smoking Ban: Executive Order No. 26 imposed a ban on smoking in public places to mitigate the health consequences of the vice. The government will provide a more supportive environment for those who are attempting to quit tobacco use. The ban began July 23.   On the Environment 10. Duterte urged the legislators to pass the National Land Use Act to ensure the rational and sustainable use of our land resources. Protection of the environment was also highlighted against irresponsible mining. He also warned mining companies to restore the environment or he will raise taxes. He also advised them to declare correct income and right taxes.  11. Addressing global warming will also be a top priority of government, but upon a fair and acceptable equation. The President insists that environmental quotas on emission must not stifle the country's industrialization.  On Transportation and Infrastructure  12. Duterte expressed gratitude to China for their help on infrastructure projects. China will construct two new bridges across Pasig River, for free. And he revealed that the country will get money from China for constructing new airports.  13. Pasig River Ferry Service System - the revival of the operation of the Pasig River Ferry Service System is a viable solution for the severe traffic congestion in Metro Manila.  14. Improvement of the RORO system by modernizing ports. The government purchased 15 brand new Ro-Ro vessels to ply major nautical routes all over the country. An Asean Ro-Ro Shipping Route was also launched, connecting the ports of Davao and General Santos, Philippines to Bitung, Indonesia.  On Governance and Corruption  15. Duterte mentioned the need to prepare for major calamities like the "Big One," -  a magnitude 7.2 earthquake to be generated by the West Valley Fault. He asked the Congress to pass the Disaster Response bill.  16. President's Hotline or 8888, dedicated to complaints against fixers, corrupt officials, and poor government services and Hotline 911 for emergency response.The president said he will never tolerate corruption in his administration.  17. TRAIN - Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion program to raise the national budget. Tax reforms towards a simpler, more equitable and more efficient tax system that can foster investment and job creation. It will lower personal and corporate income tax rates. The President also aims to relax the bank secrecy law.  Other Matters  18. For OFWs - consolidating and merging agencies and offices having to do with the Overseas Filipino Workers, to have a department that shall focus on and quickly respond to their problems and concerns. Also, the President has increased the budget for OFW assistance and repatriation - from P400M to P1 Billion!   19. Digital terrestrial television broadcasting migration plan - shifting the current analog system of broadcasting to digital systems, also allowing the use of the system for government emergency broadcasts. This will also provide picture and sound quality that is far superior to analog.  20. National Broadband Plan and the National Government Portal - It will allow faster and easier delivery of public services and reduce the number of visits of the public to agencies for government transactions via inter-connectivity of the different government agencies.  The President had a lot to discuss, often laced with off-script ad libs. But in essence, he has delivered a message of hope and one of patience - telling everyone that the job was harder than what he expected. Still, he enjoys a satisfaction rating never been held by any other President before him. Let us see what another year in office will bring.  Good luck Mr. President!
a 167.4 MW clean coal-fired power plant located in Iloilo City, Panay
On Transportation and Infrastructure
12. Duterte expressed gratitude to China for their help on infrastructure projects. China will construct two new bridges across Pasig River, for free. And he revealed that the country will get money from China for constructing new airports.
SONA 2017 started at exactly 4:20 in the afternoon and lasted 2 hours and 6 minutes (6:26 p.m.), longer that his previous SONA.  Known for his no-holds-barred speeches and fiery statements, Duterte delivered once again his colorful tirades and expletives mixed with report of plans for the country.  Here are ten important points that the President mentioned in his annual State of the Nation Address:  On Crime and Drugs 1. The President stated "The fight against illegal drugs will continue because that is the root cause of so much evil and so much suffering."  2. Duterte asked Congress to act on all pending legislations to reimpose the death penalty on heinous crimes – especially on the trafficking of illegal drugs.  On Peace and the Martial Law  3.  "It is not the peace of the dead but the peace of the living that we seek." Duterte reiterated the search for a lasting peace in Mindanao. One step to achieve it is the expansion of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission [BTC] by giving representation to indigenous peoples, women, children, and sultanates, and key stakeholders in the drafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.  4. "I declared martial law in Mindanao because I believed that that was the fastest way to quell the rebellion at the least cost of lives and properties" the President said.  On Education 5. Duterte affirmed his commitment to fully implement the K to 12 program that highlights skills training, learner mobility, and lifelong learning among Filipinos. The government has increased the number of out-of-school children and youth who have availed of the Alternative Learning System.  6. Wi-Fi access shall be provided at no charge in selected public places including parks, plazas, public libraries, schools, government hospitals, train stations, airports and seaports.   On Health Care 7. On Reproductive Health (RH) Law, implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law must be put into full force and effect.   8. Filipinos now have equitable access to quality and affordable health services due to expanded health insurance coverage and benefits. The destitute and the indigents, or those who just could not afford hospitalization, can now be provided with free services of government-operated and public hospitals as well by strengthening the implementation of the No Balance Billing Policy.   9. Smoking Ban: Executive Order No. 26 imposed a ban on smoking in public places to mitigate the health consequences of the vice. The government will provide a more supportive environment for those who are attempting to quit tobacco use. The ban began July 23.   On the Environment 10. Duterte urged the legislators to pass the National Land Use Act to ensure the rational and sustainable use of our land resources. Protection of the environment was also highlighted against irresponsible mining. He also warned mining companies to restore the environment or he will raise taxes. He also advised them to declare correct income and right taxes.  11. Addressing global warming will also be a top priority of government, but upon a fair and acceptable equation. The President insists that environmental quotas on emission must not stifle the country's industrialization.  On Transportation and Infrastructure  12. Duterte expressed gratitude to China for their help on infrastructure projects. China will construct two new bridges across Pasig River, for free. And he revealed that the country will get money from China for constructing new airports.  13. Pasig River Ferry Service System - the revival of the operation of the Pasig River Ferry Service System is a viable solution for the severe traffic congestion in Metro Manila.  14. Improvement of the RORO system by modernizing ports. The government purchased 15 brand new Ro-Ro vessels to ply major nautical routes all over the country. An Asean Ro-Ro Shipping Route was also launched, connecting the ports of Davao and General Santos, Philippines to Bitung, Indonesia.  On Governance and Corruption  15. Duterte mentioned the need to prepare for major calamities like the "Big One," -  a magnitude 7.2 earthquake to be generated by the West Valley Fault. He asked the Congress to pass the Disaster Response bill.  16. President's Hotline or 8888, dedicated to complaints against fixers, corrupt officials, and poor government services and Hotline 911 for emergency response.The president said he will never tolerate corruption in his administration.  17. TRAIN - Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion program to raise the national budget. Tax reforms towards a simpler, more equitable and more efficient tax system that can foster investment and job creation. It will lower personal and corporate income tax rates. The President also aims to relax the bank secrecy law.  Other Matters  18. For OFWs - consolidating and merging agencies and offices having to do with the Overseas Filipino Workers, to have a department that shall focus on and quickly respond to their problems and concerns. Also, the President has increased the budget for OFW assistance and repatriation - from P400M to P1 Billion!   19. Digital terrestrial television broadcasting migration plan - shifting the current analog system of broadcasting to digital systems, also allowing the use of the system for government emergency broadcasts. This will also provide picture and sound quality that is far superior to analog.  20. National Broadband Plan and the National Government Portal - It will allow faster and easier delivery of public services and reduce the number of visits of the public to agencies for government transactions via inter-connectivity of the different government agencies.  The President had a lot to discuss, often laced with off-script ad libs. But in essence, he has delivered a message of hope and one of patience - telling everyone that the job was harder than what he expected. Still, he enjoys a satisfaction rating never been held by any other President before him. Let us see what another year in office will bring.  Good luck Mr. President!
Duterte meets Xi in China on his state visit there early this year.
13. Pasig River Ferry Service System - the revival of the operation of the Pasig River Ferry Service System is a viable solution for the severe traffic congestion in Metro Manila.
SONA 2017 started at exactly 4:20 in the afternoon and lasted 2 hours and 6 minutes (6:26 p.m.), longer that his previous SONA.  Known for his no-holds-barred speeches and fiery statements, Duterte delivered once again his colorful tirades and expletives mixed with report of plans for the country.  Here are ten important points that the President mentioned in his annual State of the Nation Address:  On Crime and Drugs 1. The President stated "The fight against illegal drugs will continue because that is the root cause of so much evil and so much suffering."  2. Duterte asked Congress to act on all pending legislations to reimpose the death penalty on heinous crimes – especially on the trafficking of illegal drugs.  On Peace and the Martial Law  3.  "It is not the peace of the dead but the peace of the living that we seek." Duterte reiterated the search for a lasting peace in Mindanao. One step to achieve it is the expansion of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission [BTC] by giving representation to indigenous peoples, women, children, and sultanates, and key stakeholders in the drafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.  4. "I declared martial law in Mindanao because I believed that that was the fastest way to quell the rebellion at the least cost of lives and properties" the President said.  On Education 5. Duterte affirmed his commitment to fully implement the K to 12 program that highlights skills training, learner mobility, and lifelong learning among Filipinos. The government has increased the number of out-of-school children and youth who have availed of the Alternative Learning System.  6. Wi-Fi access shall be provided at no charge in selected public places including parks, plazas, public libraries, schools, government hospitals, train stations, airports and seaports.   On Health Care 7. On Reproductive Health (RH) Law, implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law must be put into full force and effect.   8. Filipinos now have equitable access to quality and affordable health services due to expanded health insurance coverage and benefits. The destitute and the indigents, or those who just could not afford hospitalization, can now be provided with free services of government-operated and public hospitals as well by strengthening the implementation of the No Balance Billing Policy.   9. Smoking Ban: Executive Order No. 26 imposed a ban on smoking in public places to mitigate the health consequences of the vice. The government will provide a more supportive environment for those who are attempting to quit tobacco use. The ban began July 23.   On the Environment 10. Duterte urged the legislators to pass the National Land Use Act to ensure the rational and sustainable use of our land resources. Protection of the environment was also highlighted against irresponsible mining. He also warned mining companies to restore the environment or he will raise taxes. He also advised them to declare correct income and right taxes.  11. Addressing global warming will also be a top priority of government, but upon a fair and acceptable equation. The President insists that environmental quotas on emission must not stifle the country's industrialization.  On Transportation and Infrastructure  12. Duterte expressed gratitude to China for their help on infrastructure projects. China will construct two new bridges across Pasig River, for free. And he revealed that the country will get money from China for constructing new airports.  13. Pasig River Ferry Service System - the revival of the operation of the Pasig River Ferry Service System is a viable solution for the severe traffic congestion in Metro Manila.  14. Improvement of the RORO system by modernizing ports. The government purchased 15 brand new Ro-Ro vessels to ply major nautical routes all over the country. An Asean Ro-Ro Shipping Route was also launched, connecting the ports of Davao and General Santos, Philippines to Bitung, Indonesia.  On Governance and Corruption  15. Duterte mentioned the need to prepare for major calamities like the "Big One," -  a magnitude 7.2 earthquake to be generated by the West Valley Fault. He asked the Congress to pass the Disaster Response bill.  16. President's Hotline or 8888, dedicated to complaints against fixers, corrupt officials, and poor government services and Hotline 911 for emergency response.The president said he will never tolerate corruption in his administration.  17. TRAIN - Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion program to raise the national budget. Tax reforms towards a simpler, more equitable and more efficient tax system that can foster investment and job creation. It will lower personal and corporate income tax rates. The President also aims to relax the bank secrecy law.  Other Matters  18. For OFWs - consolidating and merging agencies and offices having to do with the Overseas Filipino Workers, to have a department that shall focus on and quickly respond to their problems and concerns. Also, the President has increased the budget for OFW assistance and repatriation - from P400M to P1 Billion!   19. Digital terrestrial television broadcasting migration plan - shifting the current analog system of broadcasting to digital systems, also allowing the use of the system for government emergency broadcasts. This will also provide picture and sound quality that is far superior to analog.  20. National Broadband Plan and the National Government Portal - It will allow faster and easier delivery of public services and reduce the number of visits of the public to agencies for government transactions via inter-connectivity of the different government agencies.  The President had a lot to discuss, often laced with off-script ad libs. But in essence, he has delivered a message of hope and one of patience - telling everyone that the job was harder than what he expected. Still, he enjoys a satisfaction rating never been held by any other President before him. Let us see what another year in office will bring.  Good luck Mr. President!



14. Improvement of the RORO system by modernizing ports. The government purchased 15 brand new Ro-Ro vessels to ply major nautical routes all over the country. An Asean Ro-Ro Shipping Route was also launched, connecting the ports of Davao and General Santos, Philippines to Bitung, Indonesia.
SONA 2017 started at exactly 4:20 in the afternoon and lasted 2 hours and 6 minutes (6:26 p.m.), longer that his previous SONA.  Known for his no-holds-barred speeches and fiery statements, Duterte delivered once again his colorful tirades and expletives mixed with report of plans for the country.  Here are ten important points that the President mentioned in his annual State of the Nation Address:  On Crime and Drugs 1. The President stated "The fight against illegal drugs will continue because that is the root cause of so much evil and so much suffering."  2. Duterte asked Congress to act on all pending legislations to reimpose the death penalty on heinous crimes – especially on the trafficking of illegal drugs.  On Peace and the Martial Law  3.  "It is not the peace of the dead but the peace of the living that we seek." Duterte reiterated the search for a lasting peace in Mindanao. One step to achieve it is the expansion of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission [BTC] by giving representation to indigenous peoples, women, children, and sultanates, and key stakeholders in the drafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.  4. "I declared martial law in Mindanao because I believed that that was the fastest way to quell the rebellion at the least cost of lives and properties" the President said.  On Education 5. Duterte affirmed his commitment to fully implement the K to 12 program that highlights skills training, learner mobility, and lifelong learning among Filipinos. The government has increased the number of out-of-school children and youth who have availed of the Alternative Learning System.  6. Wi-Fi access shall be provided at no charge in selected public places including parks, plazas, public libraries, schools, government hospitals, train stations, airports and seaports.   On Health Care 7. On Reproductive Health (RH) Law, implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law must be put into full force and effect.   8. Filipinos now have equitable access to quality and affordable health services due to expanded health insurance coverage and benefits. The destitute and the indigents, or those who just could not afford hospitalization, can now be provided with free services of government-operated and public hospitals as well by strengthening the implementation of the No Balance Billing Policy.   9. Smoking Ban: Executive Order No. 26 imposed a ban on smoking in public places to mitigate the health consequences of the vice. The government will provide a more supportive environment for those who are attempting to quit tobacco use. The ban began July 23.   On the Environment 10. Duterte urged the legislators to pass the National Land Use Act to ensure the rational and sustainable use of our land resources. Protection of the environment was also highlighted against irresponsible mining. He also warned mining companies to restore the environment or he will raise taxes. He also advised them to declare correct income and right taxes.  11. Addressing global warming will also be a top priority of government, but upon a fair and acceptable equation. The President insists that environmental quotas on emission must not stifle the country's industrialization.  On Transportation and Infrastructure  12. Duterte expressed gratitude to China for their help on infrastructure projects. China will construct two new bridges across Pasig River, for free. And he revealed that the country will get money from China for constructing new airports.  13. Pasig River Ferry Service System - the revival of the operation of the Pasig River Ferry Service System is a viable solution for the severe traffic congestion in Metro Manila.  14. Improvement of the RORO system by modernizing ports. The government purchased 15 brand new Ro-Ro vessels to ply major nautical routes all over the country. An Asean Ro-Ro Shipping Route was also launched, connecting the ports of Davao and General Santos, Philippines to Bitung, Indonesia.  On Governance and Corruption  15. Duterte mentioned the need to prepare for major calamities like the "Big One," -  a magnitude 7.2 earthquake to be generated by the West Valley Fault. He asked the Congress to pass the Disaster Response bill.  16. President's Hotline or 8888, dedicated to complaints against fixers, corrupt officials, and poor government services and Hotline 911 for emergency response.The president said he will never tolerate corruption in his administration.  17. TRAIN - Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion program to raise the national budget. Tax reforms towards a simpler, more equitable and more efficient tax system that can foster investment and job creation. It will lower personal and corporate income tax rates. The President also aims to relax the bank secrecy law.  Other Matters  18. For OFWs - consolidating and merging agencies and offices having to do with the Overseas Filipino Workers, to have a department that shall focus on and quickly respond to their problems and concerns. Also, the President has increased the budget for OFW assistance and repatriation - from P400M to P1 Billion!   19. Digital terrestrial television broadcasting migration plan - shifting the current analog system of broadcasting to digital systems, also allowing the use of the system for government emergency broadcasts. This will also provide picture and sound quality that is far superior to analog.  20. National Broadband Plan and the National Government Portal - It will allow faster and easier delivery of public services and reduce the number of visits of the public to agencies for government transactions via inter-connectivity of the different government agencies.  The President had a lot to discuss, often laced with off-script ad libs. But in essence, he has delivered a message of hope and one of patience - telling everyone that the job was harder than what he expected. Still, he enjoys a satisfaction rating never been held by any other President before him. Let us see what another year in office will bring.  Good luck Mr. President!
 President Rodrigo Duterte and Indonesian President Joko Widodo watch the Roll-on/Roll-off shipping vessel as it sails past Kudos Port in Sasa, Davao City, during the launch of the Davao-General Santos-Bitung RORO shipping service on April 30, 2017.

Watch the highlights of the SONA in this 8-minute video.

On Governance and Corruption
15. Duterte mentioned the need to prepare for major calamities like the "Big One," -  a magnitude 7.2 earthquake to be generated by the West Valley Fault. He asked the Congress to pass the Disaster Response bill.
SONA 2017 started at exactly 4:20 in the afternoon and lasted 2 hours and 6 minutes (6:26 p.m.), longer that his previous SONA.  Known for his no-holds-barred speeches and fiery statements, Duterte delivered once again his colorful tirades and expletives mixed with report of plans for the country.  Here are ten important points that the President mentioned in his annual State of the Nation Address:  On Crime and Drugs 1. The President stated "The fight against illegal drugs will continue because that is the root cause of so much evil and so much suffering."  2. Duterte asked Congress to act on all pending legislations to reimpose the death penalty on heinous crimes – especially on the trafficking of illegal drugs.  On Peace and the Martial Law  3.  "It is not the peace of the dead but the peace of the living that we seek." Duterte reiterated the search for a lasting peace in Mindanao. One step to achieve it is the expansion of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission [BTC] by giving representation to indigenous peoples, women, children, and sultanates, and key stakeholders in the drafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.  4. "I declared martial law in Mindanao because I believed that that was the fastest way to quell the rebellion at the least cost of lives and properties" the President said.  On Education 5. Duterte affirmed his commitment to fully implement the K to 12 program that highlights skills training, learner mobility, and lifelong learning among Filipinos. The government has increased the number of out-of-school children and youth who have availed of the Alternative Learning System.  6. Wi-Fi access shall be provided at no charge in selected public places including parks, plazas, public libraries, schools, government hospitals, train stations, airports and seaports.   On Health Care 7. On Reproductive Health (RH) Law, implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law must be put into full force and effect.   8. Filipinos now have equitable access to quality and affordable health services due to expanded health insurance coverage and benefits. The destitute and the indigents, or those who just could not afford hospitalization, can now be provided with free services of government-operated and public hospitals as well by strengthening the implementation of the No Balance Billing Policy.   9. Smoking Ban: Executive Order No. 26 imposed a ban on smoking in public places to mitigate the health consequences of the vice. The government will provide a more supportive environment for those who are attempting to quit tobacco use. The ban began July 23.   On the Environment 10. Duterte urged the legislators to pass the National Land Use Act to ensure the rational and sustainable use of our land resources. Protection of the environment was also highlighted against irresponsible mining. He also warned mining companies to restore the environment or he will raise taxes. He also advised them to declare correct income and right taxes.  11. Addressing global warming will also be a top priority of government, but upon a fair and acceptable equation. The President insists that environmental quotas on emission must not stifle the country's industrialization.  On Transportation and Infrastructure  12. Duterte expressed gratitude to China for their help on infrastructure projects. China will construct two new bridges across Pasig River, for free. And he revealed that the country will get money from China for constructing new airports.  13. Pasig River Ferry Service System - the revival of the operation of the Pasig River Ferry Service System is a viable solution for the severe traffic congestion in Metro Manila.  14. Improvement of the RORO system by modernizing ports. The government purchased 15 brand new Ro-Ro vessels to ply major nautical routes all over the country. An Asean Ro-Ro Shipping Route was also launched, connecting the ports of Davao and General Santos, Philippines to Bitung, Indonesia.  On Governance and Corruption  15. Duterte mentioned the need to prepare for major calamities like the "Big One," -  a magnitude 7.2 earthquake to be generated by the West Valley Fault. He asked the Congress to pass the Disaster Response bill.  16. President's Hotline or 8888, dedicated to complaints against fixers, corrupt officials, and poor government services and Hotline 911 for emergency response.The president said he will never tolerate corruption in his administration.  17. TRAIN - Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion program to raise the national budget. Tax reforms towards a simpler, more equitable and more efficient tax system that can foster investment and job creation. It will lower personal and corporate income tax rates. The President also aims to relax the bank secrecy law.  Other Matters  18. For OFWs - consolidating and merging agencies and offices having to do with the Overseas Filipino Workers, to have a department that shall focus on and quickly respond to their problems and concerns. Also, the President has increased the budget for OFW assistance and repatriation - from P400M to P1 Billion!   19. Digital terrestrial television broadcasting migration plan - shifting the current analog system of broadcasting to digital systems, also allowing the use of the system for government emergency broadcasts. This will also provide picture and sound quality that is far superior to analog.  20. National Broadband Plan and the National Government Portal - It will allow faster and easier delivery of public services and reduce the number of visits of the public to agencies for government transactions via inter-connectivity of the different government agencies.  The President had a lot to discuss, often laced with off-script ad libs. But in essence, he has delivered a message of hope and one of patience - telling everyone that the job was harder than what he expected. Still, he enjoys a satisfaction rating never been held by any other President before him. Let us see what another year in office will bring.  Good luck Mr. President!
The West and East Valley Fault System. Credits: DOST



16. President's Hotline or 8888, dedicated to complaints against fixers, corrupt officials, and poor government services and Hotline 911 for emergency response.The president said he will never tolerate corruption in his administration.
SONA 2017 started at exactly 4:20 in the afternoon and lasted 2 hours and 6 minutes (6:26 p.m.), longer that his previous SONA.  Known for his no-holds-barred speeches and fiery statements, Duterte delivered once again his colorful tirades and expletives mixed with report of plans for the country.  Here are ten important points that the President mentioned in his annual State of the Nation Address:  On Crime and Drugs 1. The President stated "The fight against illegal drugs will continue because that is the root cause of so much evil and so much suffering."  2. Duterte asked Congress to act on all pending legislations to reimpose the death penalty on heinous crimes – especially on the trafficking of illegal drugs.  On Peace and the Martial Law  3.  "It is not the peace of the dead but the peace of the living that we seek." Duterte reiterated the search for a lasting peace in Mindanao. One step to achieve it is the expansion of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission [BTC] by giving representation to indigenous peoples, women, children, and sultanates, and key stakeholders in the drafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.  4. "I declared martial law in Mindanao because I believed that that was the fastest way to quell the rebellion at the least cost of lives and properties" the President said.  On Education 5. Duterte affirmed his commitment to fully implement the K to 12 program that highlights skills training, learner mobility, and lifelong learning among Filipinos. The government has increased the number of out-of-school children and youth who have availed of the Alternative Learning System.  6. Wi-Fi access shall be provided at no charge in selected public places including parks, plazas, public libraries, schools, government hospitals, train stations, airports and seaports.   On Health Care 7. On Reproductive Health (RH) Law, implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law must be put into full force and effect.   8. Filipinos now have equitable access to quality and affordable health services due to expanded health insurance coverage and benefits. The destitute and the indigents, or those who just could not afford hospitalization, can now be provided with free services of government-operated and public hospitals as well by strengthening the implementation of the No Balance Billing Policy.   9. Smoking Ban: Executive Order No. 26 imposed a ban on smoking in public places to mitigate the health consequences of the vice. The government will provide a more supportive environment for those who are attempting to quit tobacco use. The ban began July 23.   On the Environment 10. Duterte urged the legislators to pass the National Land Use Act to ensure the rational and sustainable use of our land resources. Protection of the environment was also highlighted against irresponsible mining. He also warned mining companies to restore the environment or he will raise taxes. He also advised them to declare correct income and right taxes.  11. Addressing global warming will also be a top priority of government, but upon a fair and acceptable equation. The President insists that environmental quotas on emission must not stifle the country's industrialization.  On Transportation and Infrastructure  12. Duterte expressed gratitude to China for their help on infrastructure projects. China will construct two new bridges across Pasig River, for free. And he revealed that the country will get money from China for constructing new airports.  13. Pasig River Ferry Service System - the revival of the operation of the Pasig River Ferry Service System is a viable solution for the severe traffic congestion in Metro Manila.  14. Improvement of the RORO system by modernizing ports. The government purchased 15 brand new Ro-Ro vessels to ply major nautical routes all over the country. An Asean Ro-Ro Shipping Route was also launched, connecting the ports of Davao and General Santos, Philippines to Bitung, Indonesia.  On Governance and Corruption  15. Duterte mentioned the need to prepare for major calamities like the "Big One," -  a magnitude 7.2 earthquake to be generated by the West Valley Fault. He asked the Congress to pass the Disaster Response bill.  16. President's Hotline or 8888, dedicated to complaints against fixers, corrupt officials, and poor government services and Hotline 911 for emergency response.The president said he will never tolerate corruption in his administration.  17. TRAIN - Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion program to raise the national budget. Tax reforms towards a simpler, more equitable and more efficient tax system that can foster investment and job creation. It will lower personal and corporate income tax rates. The President also aims to relax the bank secrecy law.  Other Matters  18. For OFWs - consolidating and merging agencies and offices having to do with the Overseas Filipino Workers, to have a department that shall focus on and quickly respond to their problems and concerns.   19. Digital terrestrial television broadcasting migration plan - shifting the current analog system of broadcasting to digital systems, also allowing the use of the system for government emergency broadcasts. This will also provide picture and sound quality that is far superior to analog.  20. National Broadband Plan and the National Government Portal - It will allow faster and easier delivery of public services and reduce the number of visits of the public to agencies for government transactions via inter-connectivity of the different government agencies.  The President had a lot to discuss, often laced with off-script ad libs. But in essence, he has delivered a message of hope and one of patience - telling everyone that the job was harder than what he expected. Still, he enjoys a satisfaction rating never been held by any other President before him. Let us see what another year in office will bring.  Good luck Mr. President!


17. TRAIN - Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion program to raise the national budget. Tax reforms towards a simpler, more equitable and more efficient tax system that can foster investment and job creation. It will lower personal and corporate income tax rates. The President also aims to relax the bank secrecy law.
SONA 2017 started at exactly 4:20 in the afternoon and lasted 2 hours and 6 minutes (6:26 p.m.), longer that his previous SONA.  Known for his no-holds-barred speeches and fiery statements, Duterte delivered once again his colorful tirades and expletives mixed with report of plans for the country.  Here are ten important points that the President mentioned in his annual State of the Nation Address:  On Crime and Drugs 1. The President stated "The fight against illegal drugs will continue because that is the root cause of so much evil and so much suffering."  2. Duterte asked Congress to act on all pending legislations to reimpose the death penalty on heinous crimes – especially on the trafficking of illegal drugs.  On Peace and the Martial Law  3.  "It is not the peace of the dead but the peace of the living that we seek." Duterte reiterated the search for a lasting peace in Mindanao. One step to achieve it is the expansion of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission [BTC] by giving representation to indigenous peoples, women, children, and sultanates, and key stakeholders in the drafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.  4. "I declared martial law in Mindanao because I believed that that was the fastest way to quell the rebellion at the least cost of lives and properties" the President said.  On Education 5. Duterte affirmed his commitment to fully implement the K to 12 program that highlights skills training, learner mobility, and lifelong learning among Filipinos. The government has increased the number of out-of-school children and youth who have availed of the Alternative Learning System.  6. Wi-Fi access shall be provided at no charge in selected public places including parks, plazas, public libraries, schools, government hospitals, train stations, airports and seaports.   On Health Care 7. On Reproductive Health (RH) Law, implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law must be put into full force and effect.   8. Filipinos now have equitable access to quality and affordable health services due to expanded health insurance coverage and benefits. The destitute and the indigents, or those who just could not afford hospitalization, can now be provided with free services of government-operated and public hospitals as well by strengthening the implementation of the No Balance Billing Policy.   9. Smoking Ban: Executive Order No. 26 imposed a ban on smoking in public places to mitigate the health consequences of the vice. The government will provide a more supportive environment for those who are attempting to quit tobacco use. The ban began July 23.   On the Environment 10. Duterte urged the legislators to pass the National Land Use Act to ensure the rational and sustainable use of our land resources. Protection of the environment was also highlighted against irresponsible mining. He also warned mining companies to restore the environment or he will raise taxes. He also advised them to declare correct income and right taxes.  11. Addressing global warming will also be a top priority of government, but upon a fair and acceptable equation. The President insists that environmental quotas on emission must not stifle the country's industrialization.  On Transportation and Infrastructure  12. Duterte expressed gratitude to China for their help on infrastructure projects. China will construct two new bridges across Pasig River, for free. And he revealed that the country will get money from China for constructing new airports.  13. Pasig River Ferry Service System - the revival of the operation of the Pasig River Ferry Service System is a viable solution for the severe traffic congestion in Metro Manila.  14. Improvement of the RORO system by modernizing ports. The government purchased 15 brand new Ro-Ro vessels to ply major nautical routes all over the country. An Asean Ro-Ro Shipping Route was also launched, connecting the ports of Davao and General Santos, Philippines to Bitung, Indonesia.  On Governance and Corruption  15. Duterte mentioned the need to prepare for major calamities like the "Big One," -  a magnitude 7.2 earthquake to be generated by the West Valley Fault. He asked the Congress to pass the Disaster Response bill.  16. President's Hotline or 8888, dedicated to complaints against fixers, corrupt officials, and poor government services and Hotline 911 for emergency response.The president said he will never tolerate corruption in his administration.  17. TRAIN - Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion program to raise the national budget. Tax reforms towards a simpler, more equitable and more efficient tax system that can foster investment and job creation. It will lower personal and corporate income tax rates. The President also aims to relax the bank secrecy law.  Other Matters  18. For OFWs - consolidating and merging agencies and offices having to do with the Overseas Filipino Workers, to have a department that shall focus on and quickly respond to their problems and concerns.   19. Digital terrestrial television broadcasting migration plan - shifting the current analog system of broadcasting to digital systems, also allowing the use of the system for government emergency broadcasts. This will also provide picture and sound quality that is far superior to analog.  20. National Broadband Plan and the National Government Portal - It will allow faster and easier delivery of public services and reduce the number of visits of the public to agencies for government transactions via inter-connectivity of the different government agencies.  The President had a lot to discuss, often laced with off-script ad libs. But in essence, he has delivered a message of hope and one of patience - telling everyone that the job was harder than what he expected. Still, he enjoys a satisfaction rating never been held by any other President before him. Let us see what another year in office will bring.  Good luck Mr. President!


Other Matters
18. For OFWs - consolidating and merging agencies and offices having to do with the Overseas Filipino Workers, to have a department that shall focus on and quickly respond to their problems and concerns. Also, the President has increased the budget for OFW assistance and repatriation - from P400M to P1 Billion!
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19. Digital terrestrial television broadcasting migration plan - shifting the current analog system of broadcasting to digital systems, also allowing the use of the system for government emergency broadcasts. This will also provide picture and sound quality that is far superior to analog.
SONA 2017 started at exactly 4:20 in the afternoon and lasted 2 hours and 6 minutes (6:26 p.m.), longer that his previous SONA.  Known for his no-holds-barred speeches and fiery statements, Duterte delivered once again his colorful tirades and expletives mixed with report of plans for the country.  Here are ten important points that the President mentioned in his annual State of the Nation Address:  On Crime and Drugs 1. The President stated "The fight against illegal drugs will continue because that is the root cause of so much evil and so much suffering."  2. Duterte asked Congress to act on all pending legislations to reimpose the death penalty on heinous crimes – especially on the trafficking of illegal drugs.  On Peace and the Martial Law  3.  "It is not the peace of the dead but the peace of the living that we seek." Duterte reiterated the search for a lasting peace in Mindanao. One step to achieve it is the expansion of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission [BTC] by giving representation to indigenous peoples, women, children, and sultanates, and key stakeholders in the drafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.  4. "I declared martial law in Mindanao because I believed that that was the fastest way to quell the rebellion at the least cost of lives and properties" the President said.  On Education 5. Duterte affirmed his commitment to fully implement the K to 12 program that highlights skills training, learner mobility, and lifelong learning among Filipinos. The government has increased the number of out-of-school children and youth who have availed of the Alternative Learning System.  6. Wi-Fi access shall be provided at no charge in selected public places including parks, plazas, public libraries, schools, government hospitals, train stations, airports and seaports.   On Health Care 7. On Reproductive Health (RH) Law, implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law must be put into full force and effect.   8. Filipinos now have equitable access to quality and affordable health services due to expanded health insurance coverage and benefits. The destitute and the indigents, or those who just could not afford hospitalization, can now be provided with free services of government-operated and public hospitals as well by strengthening the implementation of the No Balance Billing Policy.   9. Smoking Ban: Executive Order No. 26 imposed a ban on smoking in public places to mitigate the health consequences of the vice. The government will provide a more supportive environment for those who are attempting to quit tobacco use. The ban began July 23.   On the Environment 10. Duterte urged the legislators to pass the National Land Use Act to ensure the rational and sustainable use of our land resources. Protection of the environment was also highlighted against irresponsible mining. He also warned mining companies to restore the environment or he will raise taxes. He also advised them to declare correct income and right taxes.  11. Addressing global warming will also be a top priority of government, but upon a fair and acceptable equation. The President insists that environmental quotas on emission must not stifle the country's industrialization.  On Transportation and Infrastructure  12. Duterte expressed gratitude to China for their help on infrastructure projects. China will construct two new bridges across Pasig River, for free. And he revealed that the country will get money from China for constructing new airports.  13. Pasig River Ferry Service System - the revival of the operation of the Pasig River Ferry Service System is a viable solution for the severe traffic congestion in Metro Manila.  14. Improvement of the RORO system by modernizing ports. The government purchased 15 brand new Ro-Ro vessels to ply major nautical routes all over the country. An Asean Ro-Ro Shipping Route was also launched, connecting the ports of Davao and General Santos, Philippines to Bitung, Indonesia.  On Governance and Corruption  15. Duterte mentioned the need to prepare for major calamities like the "Big One," -  a magnitude 7.2 earthquake to be generated by the West Valley Fault. He asked the Congress to pass the Disaster Response bill.  16. President's Hotline or 8888, dedicated to complaints against fixers, corrupt officials, and poor government services and Hotline 911 for emergency response.The president said he will never tolerate corruption in his administration.  17. TRAIN - Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion program to raise the national budget. Tax reforms towards a simpler, more equitable and more efficient tax system that can foster investment and job creation. It will lower personal and corporate income tax rates. The President also aims to relax the bank secrecy law.  Other Matters  18. For OFWs - consolidating and merging agencies and offices having to do with the Overseas Filipino Workers, to have a department that shall focus on and quickly respond to their problems and concerns.   19. Digital terrestrial television broadcasting migration plan - shifting the current analog system of broadcasting to digital systems, also allowing the use of the system for government emergency broadcasts. This will also provide picture and sound quality that is far superior to analog.  20. National Broadband Plan and the National Government Portal - It will allow faster and easier delivery of public services and reduce the number of visits of the public to agencies for government transactions via inter-connectivity of the different government agencies.  The President had a lot to discuss, often laced with off-script ad libs. But in essence, he has delivered a message of hope and one of patience - telling everyone that the job was harder than what he expected. Still, he enjoys a satisfaction rating never been held by any other President before him. Let us see what another year in office will bring.  Good luck Mr. President!


20. National Broadband Plan and the National Government Portal - It will allow faster and easier delivery of public services and reduce the number of visits of the public to agencies for government transactions via inter-connectivity of the different government agencies.
SONA 2017 started at exactly 4:20 in the afternoon and lasted 2 hours and 6 minutes (6:26 p.m.), longer that his previous SONA.  Known for his no-holds-barred speeches and fiery statements, Duterte delivered once again his colorful tirades and expletives mixed with report of plans for the country.  Here are ten important points that the President mentioned in his annual State of the Nation Address:  On Crime and Drugs 1. The President stated "The fight against illegal drugs will continue because that is the root cause of so much evil and so much suffering."  2. Duterte asked Congress to act on all pending legislations to reimpose the death penalty on heinous crimes – especially on the trafficking of illegal drugs.  On Peace and the Martial Law  3.  "It is not the peace of the dead but the peace of the living that we seek." Duterte reiterated the search for a lasting peace in Mindanao. One step to achieve it is the expansion of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission [BTC] by giving representation to indigenous peoples, women, children, and sultanates, and key stakeholders in the drafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.  4. "I declared martial law in Mindanao because I believed that that was the fastest way to quell the rebellion at the least cost of lives and properties" the President said.  On Education 5. Duterte affirmed his commitment to fully implement the K to 12 program that highlights skills training, learner mobility, and lifelong learning among Filipinos. The government has increased the number of out-of-school children and youth who have availed of the Alternative Learning System.  6. Wi-Fi access shall be provided at no charge in selected public places including parks, plazas, public libraries, schools, government hospitals, train stations, airports and seaports.   On Health Care 7. On Reproductive Health (RH) Law, implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law must be put into full force and effect.   8. Filipinos now have equitable access to quality and affordable health services due to expanded health insurance coverage and benefits. The destitute and the indigents, or those who just could not afford hospitalization, can now be provided with free services of government-operated and public hospitals as well by strengthening the implementation of the No Balance Billing Policy.   9. Smoking Ban: Executive Order No. 26 imposed a ban on smoking in public places to mitigate the health consequences of the vice. The government will provide a more supportive environment for those who are attempting to quit tobacco use. The ban began July 23.   On the Environment 10. Duterte urged the legislators to pass the National Land Use Act to ensure the rational and sustainable use of our land resources. Protection of the environment was also highlighted against irresponsible mining. He also warned mining companies to restore the environment or he will raise taxes. He also advised them to declare correct income and right taxes.  11. Addressing global warming will also be a top priority of government, but upon a fair and acceptable equation. The President insists that environmental quotas on emission must not stifle the country's industrialization.  On Transportation and Infrastructure  12. Duterte expressed gratitude to China for their help on infrastructure projects. China will construct two new bridges across Pasig River, for free. And he revealed that the country will get money from China for constructing new airports.  13. Pasig River Ferry Service System - the revival of the operation of the Pasig River Ferry Service System is a viable solution for the severe traffic congestion in Metro Manila.  14. Improvement of the RORO system by modernizing ports. The government purchased 15 brand new Ro-Ro vessels to ply major nautical routes all over the country. An Asean Ro-Ro Shipping Route was also launched, connecting the ports of Davao and General Santos, Philippines to Bitung, Indonesia.  On Governance and Corruption  15. Duterte mentioned the need to prepare for major calamities like the "Big One," -  a magnitude 7.2 earthquake to be generated by the West Valley Fault. He asked the Congress to pass the Disaster Response bill.  16. President's Hotline or 8888, dedicated to complaints against fixers, corrupt officials, and poor government services and Hotline 911 for emergency response.The president said he will never tolerate corruption in his administration.  17. TRAIN - Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion program to raise the national budget. Tax reforms towards a simpler, more equitable and more efficient tax system that can foster investment and job creation. It will lower personal and corporate income tax rates. The President also aims to relax the bank secrecy law.  Other Matters  18. For OFWs - consolidating and merging agencies and offices having to do with the Overseas Filipino Workers, to have a department that shall focus on and quickly respond to their problems and concerns. Also, the President has increased the budget for OFW assistance and repatriation - from P400M to P1 Billion!   19. Digital terrestrial television broadcasting migration plan - shifting the current analog system of broadcasting to digital systems, also allowing the use of the system for government emergency broadcasts. This will also provide picture and sound quality that is far superior to analog.  20. National Broadband Plan and the National Government Portal - It will allow faster and easier delivery of public services and reduce the number of visits of the public to agencies for government transactions via inter-connectivity of the different government agencies.  The President had a lot to discuss, often laced with off-script ad libs. But in essence, he has delivered a message of hope and one of patience - telling everyone that the job was harder than what he expected. Still, he enjoys a satisfaction rating never been held by any other President before him. Let us see what another year in office will bring.  Good luck Mr. President!



The President had a lot to discuss, often laced with off-script ad-libs. But in essence, he has delivered a message of hope and one of patience - telling everyone that the job was harder than what he expected. Still, he enjoys a satisfaction rating never been held by any other President before him. Let us see what another year in office will bring.

Good luck Mr. President!


Your Balikbayan Box is TAX FREE - Here's What You Need To Know (With Tagalog)

The "balikbayan box" remains Tax Exempt. The rules governing the privilege is under the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA). This law was passed last June 2016 and was implemented December 2016.  According to CMTA, the following are qualified to avail of the tax free privilege: OFWs registered with the DOLE/POEA Filipino who has dual citizenship Filipino businessmen, investors working or students studying abroad Filipinos who are temporarily staying abroad for not less than six months  To avail of the Tax Free privilege, the sender must submit a copy of hi/her passport (identity page). A Philippine or foreign passport may be used. In case of dual citizenship, a copy of proof of dual citizenship must also be submitted.  An information sheet provided by the Bureau of Customs must be filled up. Three copies must be furnished for each box or package to be sent. This will serve as the packing list of your cargo.  Items that are new and costing P10,000 and above must have the corresponding receipt, invoice or any proof of payment attached to the Information Sheet. Used items do not need receipts, and you may list them with an estimated price that is lower than the original price.  For a "balikbayan box" to remain tax free, it must only contain personal or household items. The quantity must not be commercial, and the purpose should not be for resale, barter or rental use.  A qualified Filipino may "balikbayan boxes" up to three times per calendar year (Jan 1 to Dec 31). The maximum total combined value of the tax free goods must be P150,000 for the whole year.  To avail of the tax free benefit, the "balikbayan box" recipient should be a family member or relative. This is to prevent smugglers from abusing the privilege intended for Filipinos.  A Filipino who is coming back to the Philippines "for good" has a higher maximum value cap for his cargo (with conditions): P350,000 if his/her stay abroad is ten years or more P250,000 if his/her stay abroad is five to almost ten years.  So if you want to send your balikbayan boxes Tax Free, Prepare a copy of your passport Prepare the Information Sheet (pages 1 & 2, three copies per box) Calculate the total amount of your cargo, making sure it does not exceed P150,000. Remember, if your cargo's value is less than P10,000, it automatically exempts it from tax, and the cargo does not count towards your limits in value or privilege use.  The BoC insists that the rights of OFWs are foremost in their minds, and that protecting the "balikbayan box" is the main purpose of these guidelines. Customs Commissioner Faeldon further reiterates that the boxes will not be opened, as ordered by President Duterte. Unless of course if the x-ray inspection shows something suspicious is in the box.  You may read Commissioner Faeldon's Clarification below:  STATEMENT ON THE BALIKBAYAN BOX ISSUES: Good morning po mga kababayan lalo na sa ating mga OFW, May balikbayan box program po tayo na TAX EXEMPTION para sa mga Pilipino na nais magpadala ng balikbayan box para sa kanilang pamilya. Hindi po ito mandatory. Para lang po ito sa mga nais mag avail ng BALIKBAYAN BOX TAX EXEMPTION. Pero yun gustong manatiling magbabayad ng buwis ay okay lang po yun kasi nakakatulong po kayo sa ating bayan sa pamamagitan ng inyong binabayad na buwis. June 2016 pa po naisabatas ng Kongreso ang Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) at December 2016 pa po nailabas ang guidelines regarding balikbayan boxes. Naka apat na po kaming extension sa pagpapatupad nito. Just to clarify po ang pagffill up po ng information sheet at pagpprovide ng resibo, para lang po yun sa mga Pilipino na magpapadala ng balikbayan box sa kanilang pamilya na nais mag avail ng tax exemption under Sec 800 (g) ng CMTA. Mas makakatipid po kayo kung mag aavail po kayo ng tax exemption na ito kasi po under the balikbayan box program, tinanggal po ang buwis na babayaran nyo. Ang balikbayan box program po ay nagbibigay ng pagkakataon sa mga OFWs na magpadala ng P150,000 worth of household and personal effects sa loob ng isang taon na walang bayad na buwis. Ngayon po, ang information sheet ay kailangan fill up pan. Ito po ay parang packing list ngunit mas comprehensibo upang makasiguro kayo na tama ang matatanggap ng inyong pinaldalhan. Ngunit di po kailangan ang passport kung di po kayo mag avail ng tax and duty free exemption. Doon naman po sa mga nais mag avail, nakasaad po sa batas na kung ikaw ay Pilipino at nais mong magpadala sa iyong pamilya o kamag-anak, tax free po ito hanggang P150,000 sa loob ng isang taon. Ang paglilista po ng items nyo ay para po sa proteksyon ninyo. Ito po ay para masiguro na ang ipinadala nyo ay yun din ang matatanggap sa Pilipinas. Hindi po kailangan ng resibo pag used items, groceries, regalo, at sa mga bagay na mas mura Sa P10,000.00. Ang inyong kailangan ilagay ay tansya or approximate amount lamang. Halimbawa, ang t-shirt na una'y nabili ng P500.00 at gamit na ay pwedeng ideclara ng P100.00 pesos. Kailangan lang po ng resibo pag brand new at nagkakahalaga ng higit Sa P10,000.00 ang isang bagay. Ito po at pribileyiho at isang regalo ng gobyerno sa ating mga kababayan. Kaya po tayo'y nananawagan at umaapela sa likas na kabutihan ng ating mga kakababayan na wag po itong abusuhin. Para sa TUNAY NA PAGBABAGO. Maraming salamat po.


If you are an OFW, or your family relies on OFW remittance, then here's some good news for you! If you are aware of President Duterte's Tax Reform Plan, many OFWs were wondering if their remittances are going to be taxed as some people have speculated on social media. The good news is that Finance Undersecretary Karl Kendrick Chua has confirmed that the proposed Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP) does not cover remittances from Overseas Filipino Workers since these are money coming from outside the country.  Simply put, the Philippine government has no jurisdiction over such inbound funds. Just to stress, the laws apply only to remittances sent from within the country and, even then, the principal amount itself is not taxed. Only the domestic remittance fees are being charged with value-added tax (VAT).  Economists agree, that the continuing growth of OFW remittances, as well as the local BPO Industry, are a big help in achieving the 6-7% target growth of the Philippines' GDP. Last year, overseas Filipino workers had remitted a total of $28 Billion. Remittances came mainly from the United States, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Singapore.  Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said the CTRP was expected to help reduce the poverty rate in the Philippines from 21.6 percent in 2015 to 14 percent by 2022.  Dominguez said that meant lifting some six million Filipinos out of poverty and helping the country achieve upper middle-income status.


A Kuwait-based newspaper is taking flak from netizens when pictures of its editorial cartoons featuring the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte made rounds in the internet. The Kuwaiti Times editorials paint the highly popular leader in bad light. He was depicted in various personas such as a butcher, an insane person, a murderous villain and a moronic terrorist.  The images below are arranged in chronological order. The dates when the images were published are shown so you can check Kuwait Times' website to see for yourself.  May 7, 2016  The editorial cartoons begin innocently enough showing President Duterte as a fighter casting his ballot for the Presidential Elections of 2016.   May 10, 2016 - Election Day  Upon winning the elections, President Duterte makes it again in the editorial cartoon section. This time, the Kuwait Times' shows the President pointing a gun and trash-talking some "punk," while what seems to be blood is seen in the bottom left corner.   August 29, 2016  Things get malicious with Kuwait Times as they portrayed a leader of an independent nation as a butcher, about to hack the Philippines in the form of a bloody piece of hanging meat.  September 27, 2016  The President is depicted wearing slippers, with his mouth, both hands and a foot "holding" a gun. A text bubble implies that Duterte is frustrated for not being able to kill all drug dealers, a statement so far from reality.   October 11, 2016  The Kuwait Times mocks President Duterte again, this time along with US President-Elect Donald Trump. The paper depicts the two world leaders as a pimple on the face of a globe. The Kuwait Times editor seems to disagree about the populist views that helped elect both Duterte and Trump into office.   October 24, 2016  Misinterpreting the President's statements on addicts, the Kuwait Times editors insulted the still popular leader, depicting him as an insane person in an asylum, complete with a straitjacket. President Duterte has since apologized to the Jewish community regarding the misunderstood statement.   February 01, 2017  While not directly attacking the President, the newspaper wrongly depicts the Philippine Government's war on drugs as war on the poor. The image shows a member of the Philippine National Police shooting a stray dog dead. The editorial also insults Filipinos, depicting them as dogs. Clearly, the editors of this newspaper are not conducting enough research before publishing their work.  March 04, 2017  As the Philippine lawmakers are debating the reinstatement of death penalty, the Kuwait Times editors cannot help but poke fun at the Philippine President. It depicted Duterte trash-talking the bullet-riddled body of what could only be assumed as a criminal. Around the guys neck is a noose, as the paper's editors wanted to lay all extra-judicial deaths to the President.  It is ironic that a paper from Kuwait will criticize the leader of an independent country regarding death penalty, when their own country of Kuwait executes more people than most other countries except for a few.   April-30-2017  Not happy with depicting the Philippine leader as an insane person, the Kuwait paper repeats the insult, this time pairing Duterte with Trump. The editorial mischievously draws Duterte and Trump as two crazy blabbermouths who have so much in common. The two are shown wearing straitjackets.   May 30, 2017  At the height of the Marawi Crisis, while other countries were offering their support to the Philippines, the Kuwait-based newspaper ups its malicious depiction as it publishes a malevolent piece of editorial cartoon likening the Philippine President with other Islamic militants, and making the insult one step higher by labeling Mr. Duterte as a moron.  What do you think of the Kuwait Times? Do you agree with their assessment? Do you think the editor-in-chief should make a public apology? What about the "artist" who's supposedly done the drawings, should he lose his job?  Tell us what you think! Please comment and share this article! DISCLAIMER: All editorials were taken from Kuwait Times website, they own the rights to it, but they DO NOT have the right to insult our President! If you agree with me, drop them a message here >>> Kuwait Times Facebook Page.


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