By: Elena Grace Flores
Duterte’s economic team recently warned businessmen during their meeting with the President: If you don’t want us to be corrupt, you should do your part and not attempt to corrupt us. Incoming Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade got a round of applause from the hundreds of businessmen who were present at the “Sulong Pilipinas Hakbang Tungo sa Kaunlaran” workshop organized by the administration’s economic managers.
As published in the Inquirer; the Businessmen also made known their 10 recommendations for the incoming administration. They are:
The adoption of comprehensive tax reform;
The adoption of a national ID system;
Further ease in doing business;
The improvement of telecommunications and internet services;
The delivery of support services to farmers such as financing, technology and logistics;
The implementation of responsible mining, with local value-added such as processing, while limiting raw ore exports;
The development of regional industries while equipping the local workforce with necessary skills;
The improvement of transport networks across the country to foster connectivity;
A review of the conditional cash transfer program, as it promotes dependency on the government; and
The speedy implementation of public-private partnership and infrastructure projects as well as respecting the sanctity of contracts.
Tugade also said that Duterte’s administration would respect the sanctity of contracts as a response to the above recommendations. As a review, slashing poverty and inequality while fostering inclusive growth is the overall objective of Duterte’s economic agenda.