MANILA – Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar is optimistic that with the policies prepared by the current government, the Duterte administration will be able to pass on the leadership confidently to its successors.
In an interview, Secretary Andanar highlighted the legacies of President Rodrigo Duterte which have bolstered the economy and created more opportunities for Filipinos to be competitive in both the local and international setting.
“Kapag nagtransition na po tayo mayroon po tayong maipapasa po tayong Pilipinas na handang-handang makipagcompete sa buong mundo pagdating sa job market, mga produkto [When we transition to the next administration, we will be able to pass on a Philippines that is ready to compete globally in job market and products],” he said.
He reiterated that the remaining months of the administration is a crucial period for the country and called for everyone’s cooperation. He said that political differences should not be an issue in seeking resolutions to address the current health crisis.
“We only have one country, one government. Itabi muna natin ang politika dahil hindi naman mahalaga ang politika in the next 10 months. Ang mahalaga ay yung matalo natin ang COVID-19 at mailagay natin sa tamang direksyon ang lahat ng mga aspeto ng ekonomiya at ng ating buhay [We only have one country, one government. Let’s set aside political differences because that is not important in the next 10 months. What’s important is defeating COVID-19 and setting the direction of the country in the aspects of economy and securing and saving lives],” he added.
Secretary Andanar noted that the government is now focused on responding to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including crafting and implementing policies that will allow economic recovery. He is optimistic that the economy will be able to open up by next year.
“Ang ating pakikipaglaban sa COVID-19 ay napaka-crucial. Hindi lang ito laban para sa ating kalusugan, kundi laban po ito para masiguro natin na nakalatag po yung mga plano ng ating pamahalaan para makabalik ang mga negosyante, ang ating mga kababayan ay makabalik din sa kanilang trabaho, at ang tuluyang pagbukas ng ekonomiya [Our fight against COVID-19 is crucial. This is not just a fight for our health, but also a crusade for the government to lay down plans to help our business sector to recover, for our workers to be able to return to their jobs, and for the reopening of our economy],” he said
Secretary Andanar said that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s high approval rating among Filipinos serves as an inspiration for the administration to continue its job in public service delivery. He also thanked the Filipino public for their support to the administration even amid the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Thank you so much for the support to the President. Until now 91% ang kanyang acceptance, approval rating at yan ay napakalaking bagay po para sa ating administrasyon. We will continue to work hard and we will continue to see that as an inspiration para po makapagserbisyo hanggang sa kahulihulihan ng administrasyong ito [Thank you so much for the support to the President. Until now he is enjoying the 91% acceptance, approval rating and that is a big win for us in the administration. We will continue to work hard and we will continue to see that as an inspiration to deliver our public service for the remainder of this administration],” he said.