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the war against illegal drugs is far from over.

Where before, the war resulted in the seizure of illegal

drugs worth millions of pesos, today, they run [into] billions in peso value. I can only shudder at the
harm that those drugs could have caused had they reached the streets of every province, city,
municipality, barangay and community throughout the country.

While we run after those who steal the people’s money, we are also enhancing the government’s
delivery of frontline services. I thank Congress for the swift passage of the Ease of Doing Business [Act],
[applause] which is a significant fight against corruption and improving service delivery.

Corruption is like a leech that it bleeds the government of funds programmed for its infrastructure and
other social development projects.

Corruption is like a leech that it bleeds the government of funds programmed for its infrastructure and
other social development projects. Our people deserve efficient, effective, and responsive government

establish Malasakit Centers

Tertiary Education Act

the increase in the salary of our men in uniform, our soldiers and our policemen

TRAIN law. You have made funds available to build better roads and bridges, and improve health and
education, and strengthen our safety and security. Some have incorrectly blamed our efforts toward a
fairer tax system for all the price increases in the past months, and some irresponsibly suggesting to
stop TRAIN’s implementation. We need this for sustainable growth that leaves no Filipino left behind.
TRAIN is already helping poor families and senior citizens cope up with rising prices. We have distributed
unconditional cash transfers to 4 million people, and we will help 6 million more this year.

"No Balance Billing Policy" [applause] through which the government and our private healthcare
providers can work out a system that will provide an order of charging of medical expenses.
esources for health services under the [PhilHealth]; institutionalize primary care as a prerequisite
to access higher level of healthcare; and supplement human resource gaps of the LGUs through a
National Health Workforce Support System.

These will ensure that every Filipino family gets the appropriate, affordable, and quality health
services in appropriate facilities and will be protected from financial burden due to sickness.

 Anti-Hospital Deposit Law

Another measure that he turned into a law last year was the Anti-Hospital Deposit Law.
This does not necessarily cut the cost on hospital bills, but it can save lives during
medical emergencies.
Republic Act No. 10932, otherwise known as the Anti-Hospital Deposit Law provides
that “in emergency or serious cases, it shall be unlawful for any hospital or medical clinic
to request, solicit, demand or accept any deposit or any other form of advance payment as
prerequisite for administering basic emergency care, for confinement or medical
treatment, or to refuse to administer medical treatment and support to any patient.”

LINGAP SA MASA: This initiative is delivered through the Department of Social Welfare and
Development. It’s a medical assistance program by the Office of the President to deliver health services
and free medicine to indigent and patients with little to no resources in government hospitals.

The Free Tuition Fee Law is perhaps the Duterte Administration’s most positive achievements to
date. In his effort to bridge this gap between the poor and education, Duterte signed “The
Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act” or Republic Act 10931 on August 3, 2017.
The law aims to waive school fees to provide an opportunity for every Filipino to earn a higher
education and a degree in State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and Local Universities and
Colleges (LUC).

fuel subsidy program. If this measure is efficiently dispersed to its beneficiary, this will translate into a
less financial burden to transport system operators, jeepneys, and even commuters.

Ease of Doing Business Act last May, requiring government agencies to act on applications within three
days for simple transactions, seven days for complex ones and 20 days for the highly technical

The signing of key pieces of legislation such as the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act, the
Masustansyang Pagkain para sa Batang Pilipino Act, the Ease of Doing Business Act, the Philippine
Mental Health Law, the Universal Health Care Law, the Kalusugan at Nutrisyon ng Mag-Nanay Act, the
Balik Scientist Law, the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, the
Free Irrigation Act, and the Philippine National Identification System Act;