The House minority bloc on Wednesday launched a press release urging members of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Cabinet to “get their act together” within the face of many issues going through the administration.
In an evaluation of the efficiency of the administration, the bloc led by Quezon third-district Rep. Danny Suarez stated that whereas the federal government had been delivering Duterte’s promise to eradicate the drug drawback, “we constantly remind him to give equal attention to concerns of other sectors.”
“He has a high approval rating. To our mind, this does not automatically equate to an efficient government,” the group stated.
“The Minority calls on the Cabinet members to get their act together,” they stated.
“The President entrusted them their respective positions with high hopes that they will perform their duties with diligence. We all expect that they address important matters with urgency, and actually get things done. Come budget deliberations, we would question how these agencies spent their respective budgets; and if necessary, we would call for the reorganization of the executive branch,” the Suarez-led bloc stated.
“On a positive note, the Philippine economy posted a 6.7-percent Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in 2017. This growth was sector driven, specifically by manufacturing, trade, and real estate industries,” they stated.
But the lawmakers added, “We are involved that different sectors, similar to fisheries, are lagging behind. In our training sector, noting the rise in our useful and easy literacy charges in
2013, are our graduates aggressive globally? Do we’ve got sufficient lecture rooms? Do our college students obtain a normal of eduction that’s related to the present occasions? Are all of them laptop literate?”
“Traffic congestion continues to worsen,” the minority bloc added, citing the most recent report of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) which stated the Philippines loses P3.5 billion a day due to Metro Manila visitors.
Also, ‘the vitality sector is just not spectacular,” they stated.
“Recently, the Luzon grid was placed on yellow alert by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) due to unexpected shutdown and limited generation of several power plants. Our growing economy has an increasing demand for energy, yet we are behind in building more power plants to meet this demand,” they added.
“The Dengvaxia mess is still unresolved,” the bloc stated.
“The purchase of two frigates has also been wrought with controversy. We still hear delays in the delivery of relief goods at times of calamities and distribution of cash grants. Several schools that have been destroyed by the typhoons last year are yet to be restored.”
“All of these issues happening at the same time, and we in the legislative cannot just keep investigating one issue after another,” they stated.
“We are supposed to dedicate more time legislating measures for the welfare of our people. We are also here to exercise our oversight function to ensure that the government agencies are doing their jobs properly,” they stated.