Statement of Speaker Velasco on Pres. Duterte’s sixth SONA

The House of Representatives is ready to help and cooperate with President Duterte in pushing for pieces of legislation that will help navigate the country and the economy amid the ongoing pandemic. This is a must and we must heed the call of the President in order to bring back normalcy in the lives of our countrymen and help our economy recover and flourish again following a severe beating from the global health crisis.

We must not only ensure that our economy is ready to reopen, but more importantly we must prepare our people for this reopening. We must help our people feel confident that they will have jobs and livelihood opportunities, and assured that cure and proper health care will always be available when they need it.

We commend the President for his humility in acknowledging that there are things that his administration needs to accomplish in the next 12 months despite his remarkable achievements in the last five years—from free college education to universal health care, free irrigation, trust fund for coconut farmers, ease of doing business, among others.

In the final stretch of the Duterte presidency, the House of Representatives of the 18th Congress is committed to pursue the remaining measures in the President’s legislative agenda, with focus on strengthening the country’s health care system and restoring jobs lost to the pandemic.

Sabi nga ng mahal nating Pangulo, marami pa siyang dapat gawin at gustong tapusin. Sinisiguro namin dito sa Kongreso na handa kaming tumulong at hindi bibitiw hanggang sa huling araw ng kanyang panunungkulan upang matapos ang mga dapat pang gawin para sa sambayanang Pilipino. (PR)

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