PRESIDENTIAL candidate and mayor of Manila, Francisco “Isko” M. Domagoso, has pledged his full support for the creation of a department of fisheries separate from the department of agriculture if he wins the May elections.
Mr. Domagoso, the standard bearer of Aksyon Demokratiko, said in a statement on Monday that he would certify as urgent bills that will transform the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources into a departmental agency to “help fishermen gain more”.
Several related bills have been introduced in the current Congress, but all have remained pending at the committee level.
He also said he will order the establishment of cold stores in agricultural regions and provinces where the main source of income is fishing.
Meanwhile, Mr. Domagoso’s running mate, Willie T. Ong, said the Philippines should attract more foreign investment to help boost the economy.
“If we are more open to foreign direct investment, we can be sure that more foreign investors will come here. Because if there are more foreign investors, they will pay taxes and create more jobs, especially for people in the provinces,” he said in Filipino during a radio interview on Monday. .
Mr Ong also said they will push for growth outside the capital.
“Our development is too focused on the NCR (National Capital Region). We also need to develop the Visayas and Mindanao regions by building more houses and roads so that somehow there are more jobs and our economy is more balanced.
He also said that digitizing government processes is a way to fight corruption.
“I worked at the Ministry of Health for five years. It was then that I saw that the computerization of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. was crucial, because of some erroneous reports,” said Mr. Ong, a doctor. “Of course, if the process is done manually, it’s easy to make false reports.”
He also said the government should step up information campaigns on COVID-19 vaccines.
Mr Ong gives medical advice on his Facebook page and his Youtube channel which has 9.4 million subscribers. — Emerald Jasper G. Tan