FINANCING ASSISTANCE TO FARMERS SET
Increasing financial assistance to farmers, strengthening education’s focus on science and technology (S&T), and integrating government portals and services to make transactions easier amid the COVID-19 pandemic were among the Top 10 actionable recommendations submitted by the private sector at this year’s first virtual Sulong Pilipinas forum.
The recommendations covered the areas of health, transportation, infrastructure, social protection, human capital development, agriculture, digitalization, and communications.
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, who received the Top 10 recommendations, said at the end of the event that the national government (NG) will consider these “and do our best to achieve most of them within the remaining period of President Duterte’s term.”
Around 670 representatives from the private sector took part in the “Sulong Pilipinas 2021: Partners for Progress Forum held on April 26 via Zoom, while more than 44,000 people watched the livestream of the event on the Facebook pages of Radio Television Malacañang (RTVM) and the government agencies of the Economic Development (EDC) and Infrastructure (IC) Cabinet Clusters.
The online conference also served as a venue for the pre-State of the Nation Address (SONA) reports of the EDC chaired by Dominguez and the IC Cabinet Clusters led by Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar.