Marcos to gov’t agencies: Step up efforts in fight vs. poverty; promote peace, nat’l security



President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.  urged government agencies to assist him in delivering on his promises to uplift the people’s economic condition, advance peace and strengthen national security.

In his message during the oath-taking ceremony in Malacañang of the officials of the National Amnesty Commission (NAM), National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), Marawi Compensation Board (MCB), Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation, and Unity (OPAPRU), the President said that while most of the public is not familiar with these agencies, what is important is the significance of their work.

“We know how important your work is. And that is why it is very, very important that you understand that we must work together because we are here willing, and we are here to support all the advocacies that your agencies represent. And that is our end of this bargain,” Marcos told the officials.

“And of course, we are very confident in the performance that you will show after now that we have made official your positions in the different agencies. So I look forward to hearing from you as you get to settle into your jobs,” the chief executive pointed out.

President  Marcos also encouraged the newly sworn-in officials to thoroughly study their organizations and figure out what needed to be done so that the government could carry out interventions for the benefit of the people.

“Palagi kong sinasabi na marami tayong pinaplano na maganda para sa ekonomiya ng Pilipinas,” Marcos said.

“Ngunit kung hindi – sabihin na natin gumanda nang husto ang ekonomiya ng Pilipinas, hindi naman bumababa at hindi naman nararamdaman ng taong-bayan eh sayang lang ang ating naging trabaho. Iilan lang ang yumayaman,” the President said.

NAPC’s mandate can come into play, Marcos said, as the agency helps distribute wealth equitably, while OPAPRU, on the other hand, can do its part in the peace process.

In the case of Marawi City, the President said there have been many discussions about how to get the rehabilitation started and how to finally bring the people back to their homes.

“As we can all realize it is not a very quick process, hindi naman puwedeng imadali. Ngunit kailangan talaga nating simulan at maraming nag-aantay na hindi pa nakakauwi,” Marcos said.

“Panahon na siguro, na pagkakataon na gawin natin ang lahat may makita man lang na pagbabago, may progress, para naman ay may maaasahan ang mga residents ng Marawi,” President Marcos said.


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