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Sunday, July 10, 2016
11 Things The Duterte Administration Has Done In 7 Days
President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration is now one-week old, having taken their oath of office on Thursday, June 30. In their first seven days, the Duterte administration has been visibly busy at work while imposing numerous changes to the current government structure and existing policies. Below are 11 major things the new administration has done:
1) The President promised to streamline government processes to make things easier for us.
Duterte's first order to all agencies was to reduce the amount of time it took for the public to apply for and get their government-issued documents.
Just a few hours after the new Philippine National Police chief assumed his post on Friday, Director General Ronald Dela Rosa subjected top police officials—including himself—to a surprise drug test where at least 11 cops turned out positive for illegal drug use.
Dela Rosa also called out corrupt law enforcers to surrender to him within 48 hours or be dealt with accordingly.
On Monday, Department of Education Secretary Leonor Briones said they were already reviewing the current curriculum to strengthen the drug education lessons starting with Grade 4 students. Briones said the President personally instructed her to make drug education more practical so students can understand it better.
You know Duterte meant business when he name-dropped top police officials, who according to his sources, were protectors of the illegal drug trade during the 69th anniversary of the Philippine Air Force.
7) The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) opened gates to rallyists after nearly two decades.
If you've passed by Quezon City's elliptical road at least once in the last 18 years then you've probably noticed a group of rallyists camped out at DAR's main gate.
On Tuesday, DAR Secretary Rafael Mariano led the reopening of those very same gates to symbolize the end of the divide between the government and the farmers.
8) Duterte performed the ceremonial toss during the Gilas-France game.
The President's presence during the Olympic qualifiers game between Gilas Pilipinas and the French national basketball team was enough to boost the morale of both our players and the Filipino audience. Although Gilas lost, they did give France quite the scare which proved that we can go head-to-head against top-seeded international teams.