A Better Philippines: President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address 2016
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Change is coming, and this is not one of those make-believe promises that you would have to filter if it's real or not because this time, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is sure to make the Philippines a better and brighter country.
On July 25, 2016, the Filipinos stood by their own televisions to watch the first State of the Nation Address of the newly-elected president. His speech went from an expected 30-minute talk to an hour and thirty-three minutes of discussion about his plans for the country.
Tourism is one of the topics he put emphasis on along with the fight against illegal drugs, processing time of issuing licenses and permits, and others. "In the field of tourism, we shall construct more access roads and tourism gateways to service centers and tourist sites", he said. The revival of operation of the Pasig River Services was also mentioned as an alternative mode of transportation among commuters coming from Manila, Mandaluyong, Pasig, Taguig, Marikina and Quezon City.
"Different approaches are also being considered to decongest NAIA including the possible transfer of general aviation", he added. "The Clark Airport can be utilized to shift some operations of our domestic and international airlines. Moreover, a one-stop shop will be established within the civil aviation complex for the benefit of the Overseas Filipinos." He even joked about sending private helicopters and airplanes to Batanes to avoid air traffic.
Moreover, he calmed the nation by assuring that the Armed Forces of the Philippines' full force will be applied to crush criminals and terrorists like Abu Sayyafs to protect the country from continuous internal security threats. He brought up the counter-terrorism programs by amending various laws on human terrorism, cybercrime and financing terrorism.
One thing is for sure, the future is bright not just for the Philippine Tourism but also for the whole country. With President Duterte's dream of maintaining a lasting peace before his term ends and his bravery and zealous heart for change, the Philippines will be a better country.