Not a single hungry Pinoy; not business as usual – Manila Bulletin

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NEW YORK, United States — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said the ultimate goal of his economic program was to ensure that no more Filipinos went hungry again.

President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. meets with members of the Asia Society in New York on September 23, 2022 (New York time). (Argyll Geducos)

Marcos said this during his meeting with members of the Asia Society in New York on September 23 (New York time).

In a short interview with former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, the President admitted that while it was a simple goal, achieving it is different.

“It’s a very simple goal. It is a very simple objective. But I dare say it’s not necessarily a simple problem to solve, and it takes a lot of effort and thought from the public sector,” he said.

Marcos said the government is that this would be possible if the public and private sectors worked together.

“We hope to leverage whatever government can do to maximize the effects of the development we are able to foster and for the benefit of those who have come to help us, our partners, our investors, and of course the profit of the ordinary Filipino,” he said.

“We were successful in engaging our private sector partners to participate in this effort. I don’t think we could achieve this alone in the public sector,” he added.

Not as usual

President Marcos said that as the Philippines recovers from the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, it cannot be “business as usual”.

“Now we have to find new solutions. In our view, the status quo just has no place in this because it’s not business as usual,” he said.

“The pandemic has fundamentally changed everything. We live differently, we work differently, we study differently and our social contacts are done differently,” he added.

Marcos cited the following areas that needed to be improved in the country: digitalization, industrialization, energy supply and agriculture.

“In these areas, we are still playing catch-up. But that’s not where we want to go. We don’t just want to catch up,” he said.

“We want to go beyond that. We have no interest in returning to pre-pandemic levels,” he added.

According to Marcos, he wanted to take the Philippines to greater heights.

“What interests us is to prosper more and position the Philippines to take full advantage of the new economies and new industries that have emerged,” he said.

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