Salceda’s 12 good things to look forward to in 2017

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Albay 2nd district Rep. Joey Salceda says he has 12 things to look forward to 2017, and most of these anticipated developments have the fingerprints of President Rodrigo Duterte.

In his list of “12 economic events [that] will drive optimism in 2017,” Salceda included the “Submission to Congress of the proposed Federal States of the Philippines and the convening of the Constitutional Assembly,” “Strong leadership and united front (Executive, Legislative, LGUs and CSOs) against poverty and strategic alliance for global competitiveness” and the “Beginning of the Golden Era of Transportation.”

This so-called Golden Era of Transportation and infrastructure has been a battle cry of President Duterte’s Cabinet for month, and Salceda believes the government will deliver on spades.

The House politiko envisions in particular the rapid development of international airports In Puerto Princesa, Daraga, and Panglao; the start of the implementation of Mindanao Railways and NSRP Southline as well as bridges between Matnog and Allen, and Leyte and Surigao.

Framing these major goals of the Duterte administration are more immediate and specific ones, like the “Creation of Bangsa Moro Authority by legislation,” “Successful ASEAN chairmanship by the Philippines,” “Completion and launching of the 2017-2022 Philippine Development Plan” and the “Approval of Traffic and Congestion Crisis Act (Emergency Powers).”

Salceda said that 2017 will also be the year that the Philippine government achieves the “Final Peace Agreement with the NDF (National Democratic Front). It can be recalled that Duterte, who has good relations with the Left, has been aggressively pursuing peace with communist rebels.

Finally, the Bicolano congressman is also optimistic about the implementation of certain tax and business policies this year.

These are the “Enactment of Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) resulting in the reduction of personal income taxes of ordinary working families by P156 billion,” “Implementation of Tax Administration Reform Act (TARA)”, “Implementation of the 42 Industry Roadmaps, Manufacturing Resurgence Program, SME in GVC development and new IPP of Duterte admin” and “Business trophy investments from Japan including $25 billion committed by Marubeni and big-ticket infrastructure loans from China.”

It should be noted that Salceda himself is the prime mover of TRAIN, which is embodied in House Bill no. 4688.