INFOGRAPHIC: 26 Days of Change

Change has been at the core of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (PRRD)'s leadership since his campaigns. The importance his team gives to transformation has been articulated not only in his platform but even in his personal choices.

Change has been at the core of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (PRRD)'s leadership since his campaigns. The importance his team gives to transformation has been articulated not only in his platform but even in his personal choices.

With the hype on change, much was--and still is--expected from the Duterte administration, particularly in the first 100 days in office. Compared to PNoy's first 26 days, here are significant undertakings of President Duterte, from his inauguration to his first State of the Nation Address (SONA):

 

In a span of three weeks, PNoy ensured the eradication of the sullied traces left by the preceding administration, putting an end to corruption and abuse of power. In his first 30 days, Aquino reinforced several political measures as initial actions for a cleaner and more transparent government.

Following the day he officially assumed office, PNoy was able to resuscitate Presidential Decree 96 echoed in his inaugural speech. The Land Transportation Office (LTO) used the President’s word to bolster their campaign against ‘wang-wang,’ a practice known he vehemently opposed. PNoy also organized the Philippine Truth Commission to oversee reports about large-scale graft and corruption during the Arroyo administration (forming the commission was later deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, leading to its abolition). True to his word, the Aquino administration chased officials involved in corruption, including Former President Gloria Macapagal–Arroyo and several other key politicians.

Also, in a noble attempt to procure the practice of transparency, PNoy authorized the Presidential Management Staff to oversee the presidential pork barrel. PNoy also ordered a review of the country’s national defense system for the possibility of upgrades and the procurement of military equipment was also conducted.

The aforementioned initiatives were clearly influenced by his slogan “Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap.” Up until his very last SONA, PNoy and his administration dedicated all efforts to what was promised to be achieved.
Meanwhile, revamps, surprise measures, and exposes characterized the period from PRRD's inauguration to his SONA. As with previous administrations, the days leading to his address to the nation were marked with pronouncements and promises, all anchored on fighting drugs, criminality, and corruption.

Drug-related initiatives have a preponderance among these actions, translating to the above-cited statistics and headlines on the issue. There have been negative reactions, but the excellent trust ratings (91%) recently earned by PRRD suggest an otherwise positive view.

The President, together with his Cabinet, also showed his commitment to change through landmark orders. Apart from the EO on the Freedom of Information, PRRD has also approved a peace roadmap to address issues with rebel groups. In what appears as a drive against corruption, he has also asked his Cabinet to keep a simple and humble lifestyle, which has been verbalized in the memoranda he issued. Department heads were also bent on ensuring their respective clientele of system-wide improvements--from revamps on the taxation system, to the enhancement of employee benefits, and to the resolution of land disputes and other pending cases, among others.

While maintaining a novel approach, the present Administration's plans and propositions for the next months and years to come (e.g., launch of a government hotline, improvement of military equipment and personnel benefits, among others) speak of a national leadership that may be just as what they have promised---inclusive and action-driven. But as with the presidencies that have served before him, PRRD's term remains under the scrutiny of a vigilant, trusting, and hopeful public.

Sources: Official Gazette of the Philippines, Inquirer.net, Philstar, GMA News Online, and Rappler

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