Senator Christopher “Bong” Go has reassured the Filipino people that the Duterte administration would guide the country’s next leaders toward a seamless transition of power.
“Maaga pa lang ay naghanda na ang Pangulo at ang kanyang transition team para sa maayos at sistematikong pagsasalin ng tungkulin (The President and his transition team have made early preparations for the smooth and systematic transfer of duties),” Go said.
“Ang layunin ay para hindi maantala ang serbisyo ng pamahalaan at magpatuloy ang tulong para sa ating mga kababayan, lalo na ang mga higit na nangangailangan (The intention is to ensure that the government service will not be delayed and the help for our countrymen will continue, especially for those who are most in need),” he added.
` Executive departments have been heeding the President’s directions, according to the senator, to guarantee that everything is in order during the transition.
“Maging ang iba’t ibang departamento ay nakapaghanda na rin dahil iyon ang utos ng ating Presidente sa kanyang mga kabinete (Even the different departments are also ready because that is the order of our President to his Cabinet),” he stressed.
“Nakatitiyak ang mga bagong mauupong pinuno ng mga kagawaran at ahensya na daratnan nila ang kanilang mga opisina na nasa maayos na sitwasyon at handang gawin ang kani-kanilang mga mandato na naaayon sa direksyong tatahakin ng bagong administrasyon (The new leaders to be designated to the different agencies are assured that the offices they are taking over are in good situation and ready for their respective mandates in accordance with the direction and plans of the new administratIon),” he added.
On May 10, Duterte signed Administrative Order (AO) 47 which establishes a Presidential Transition Committee to monitor the transfer of power to the next government and ensure that public services are delivered without interruption. The committee will be chaired by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.
Go believes that, despite the fact that elections can be divisive, healing would eventually occur and the Filipino people will once again come together.
“Sa bawat eleksyon ay may panalo at may talo. Hindi naman iyon maiiwasan (In every election there are winners and losers too. That is inevitable). Sadyang sa ganitong demokratikong proseso ay ang tinig ng nakararami ang dapat na manaig (In this kind of democratic process, the voice of the majority must prevail). May mga magkakapamilya at magkakaibigan na nasira ang samahan dahil sa iba’t ibang paninindigan (There are those in a family and friendship whose relationships were affected because of their differences),” Go pointed out.
“Umaasa akong sa paglipas ng panahon ay maghihilom din ito at muli tayong magkakaisa (I am hoping that as time passes, wounds will heal and we will again unite),” he added.
The senator from Davao stated that the country needs unity now more than ever, particularly in light of the pandemic and other crises.
“Maraming kinakaharap na hamon ang ating bansa gaya ng pandemya at iba pang krisis kaya hindi tayo dapat na mag-away away pa dahil sa pulitika (Our country is facing many challenges such as the pandemic and other crises. Let us not fight because of politics),” he said.
“Kung magkakaisa tayo at sama-samang hahakbang patungo sa mas magandang layunin para sa ating bayan, walang suliranin na hindi natin kayang malampasan (If we will unite and together we walk toward a better goal for our country, there will be no problem that we cannot overcome),” Go added.
Go then reassured the people that, as the country enters a new era as a result of the new administration, he would continue to serve them with compassion whenever they need him.
The incoming administration will inherit an economy determined to achieve recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
On May 12, the Philippines’ gross domestic product (GDP) was reported to have grown by 8.3 percent in the first quarter of the year, exceeding forecasts and expectations.