Big Business Shows Support for ‘Bagong Pilipinas’ Initiative

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SUPPORT for President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s “Bagong Pilipinas (New Philippines)” brand of governance continues to gain momentum as a coalition of businessmen, civic leaders, and employers pledge their support. This coalition, known as the Buklod Bayani Coalition (BBC), aims to assist the government in its efforts to strengthen the economy and improve public services under the Bagong Pilipinas brand.

Led by Jose D. Lina, the BBC recently entered into a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with key government officials, including Secretary Frederick Go from the Office of the Special Assistant for Investment and Economic Affairs (Ospaiea) and Secretary Ernesto Perez from the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA). The MoA signifies their commitment to collaborate and work together in delivering efficient services to the public.

The signing of the memorandum took place during a forum workshop held at the Manila Hotel, attended by prominent business leaders and members of the diplomatic corps. Secretary Go and Secretary Perez signed on behalf of the ARTA, with businessman Guillermo Luz, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Asian Institute of Management, witnessing the event.

According to Lina, the Marcos government is dedicated to strengthening the economy, creating job opportunities, and improving the lives of the Filipino people. The Buklod Bayani coalition, which comprises various civic organizations, employers federations, and chambers of commerce, will mobilize a nationwide network to assist the ARTA in streamlining business processes and ensuring efficient government service delivery.

Their primary focus will be on identifying and addressing bottlenecks, particularly bureaucratic inefficiencies and red tape. By eliminating these obstacles, the coalition aims to foster an environment conducive to business growth and economic development.

However, Lina acknowledges that there is still much work to be done. He emphasizes the importance of citizen engagement and calls on fellow Filipinos to contribute their time, talent, and resources to help the government achieve its goals and aspirations.

During the forum, Secretary Perez highlighted the ongoing initiatives of the ARTA and Ospaiea. He mentioned that the foreign visits of President Marcos Jr. have already attracted approximately P4 trillion worth of investments, as confirmed by the Department of Trade and Industry. Secretary Go echoed Perez’s sentiments, emphasizing the role of existing investors as ambassadors for the country.

Go expressed the need to ensure the satisfaction of current investors, as they can serve as powerful advocates for attracting more domestic and foreign investments to the Philippines. He stressed the importance of creating a positive experience for investors and promoting the country as an ideal investment destination.

To rally support for President Marcos Jr.’s vision of a “New Philippines,” a kickoff rally will take place at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila on Sunday. The event will feature various artists and will be livestreamed nationwide. Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr. has issued a memorandum urging barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan officials, as well as DILG officers, to participate in the campaign launch.

In the memorandum, Secretary Abalos encourages local government units (LGUs) to monitor the expected number of participants and to document the actual attendance. Additionally, he encourages attendees to share their experiences by posting photos of the event on their personal Facebook pages.

The growing support for President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s “Bagong Pilipinas” campaign demonstrates a collective commitment to building a stronger economy and improving the lives of the Filipino people. With the collaboration of various stakeholders, the government aims to create a business-friendly environment and deliver efficient public services, ultimately leading to a brighter future for the Philippines.

Source: The Manila Times

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