President Briefs Filipinos in Belgium of reforms, achievement
President Benigno Aquino III met with the Filipino community here on Monday and told his bosses of the progress the Philippines has achieved because of the reforms that his administration has put in place.
The President, who always refers to his constituents as his bosses, reported to some 600 Filipinos from Belgium and Luxembourg, at the magnificent St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral at Treurenberg Hill, that his reform agenda is making inroads in improving the economy and fighting corruption.
One of the key achievements of the Aquino administration, he said, is the lifting of the European Union’s ban on Philippine Airline carriers after complying with global Aviation Safety Standards.
Aquino said Philippine Airlines was allowed to fly to Europe again in July 2013, while Cebu Pacific was finally given the go signal to service the route last April.
Now, it will be easier and more convenient for our OFWs and tourists to fly to and from the Philippines,he said.
The President also told the Filipino community that economic reforms have started to pay off, citing the rise in global competitiveness ranking and upgrade in INVESTMENT grade rating by three major global rating firms of the Philippines.
Since this administration came into office, the Chief Executive said, it has been making headway in the Fight against graft and corruption like the filing of cases against people allegedly involved in the pork barrel scam.
He also noted that the government’s agenda of transparency and accountability has resulted in millions of pesos in savings from various government agencies like the Department of Public Works and Highways. These savings, the President added, provided FUNDS to build more classrooms and expand the healthcare plan for the Filipino people under PhilHealth.
In the quest for lasting peace in Mindanao, President Aquino told the Filipino community that the government has turned over the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law to leaders of Congress last September 10 for appropriate action.
We will not stop in pushing for comprehensive transformation of our society. With our collective effort, we made the impossible possible,” -President Aquino said.
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