By Prince Golez
Amid the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis, the Philippine economy is expected to return to its growth trajectory through the infrastructure sector, a ranking Palace official said.
“We are confident that in spite of the continuation of this health crisis, our economy can resume its growth trajectory,” according to Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, adding that economic and infrastructure development will generate jobs for Filipino workers.
During the virtual pre-State of the Nation Address forum Wednesday, Medialdea said the Duterte administration has been relentless in mobilizing every resource and seeking every opportunity to attain better days for the nation.
The government, he added, has also been working “round-the-clock” to lessen the pandemic impact on livelihoods and to ensure that the country has the means to recover from Covid-19.
“President (Rodrigo) Duterte’s priority is clear – to save lives and protect communities. In the early days of this pandemic, this meant the imposition of strong quarantine guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus,” the official said.
“While we proceeded to enhance and establish health facilities throughout the country, [he] also rolled out the largest economic protection program in history, giving special attention to small business workers and informal sector families.
“The government is spending as much as it can to support our less privileged countrymen. Yan ang pagkalinga ng inyong pamahalaan,” Medialdea said.