Assignment the long-term vision “AmBisyon 2040” targeting

Assignment No. 1 – Affairs of the state under the present administrationDennis B. DanaoUniversity of the Philippines Open UniversitySubmission date: September 22, 2018Affairs of the state under the present administration President Duterte’s victory in the election positioned the Philippines on a podium much different from his predecessors’ political style and leadership. His popularity since day one reflected his commitment for change and transformation particularly in the area of peace & order and corruption in our government systems. In our country where the elites are at the top, his triumph meant that the mass is clamoring for real change.

His medium term development plan (PDP 2017-2020) that is anchored on the long-term vision “AmBisyon 2040” targeting the poor will ensure that inclusive programs will ensure economic growth & stability.The past years has been crucial for the Duterte government when sweeping change gets going. Amidst tensions and political pressures, Duterte has improved law & order with his crackdown on illegal drugs along with the clean-up of the police force. Big time drug lords and their cronies are relentlessly polluting our communities to this day. The PNP & PDEA’s has been working progressively with the president’s trust to secure our highly-infested communities with illegal drugs. Their operations, upon the president’s order, busted millions worth of shabu laboratories in remote areas of the country and freed our barangays of this menace in our society killing the future of even our younger children.

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To eradicate the enemies of the state, he has been attacking drug syndicates who are under the protection of erring government officials and police authorities. Duterte did not backed down from ISIS extremist that prowled in Marawi (Mindanao) and ultimately came out victorious. Now, the Marawi rehabilitation through Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) is underway at an overall cost of P86.5 billion with countries i.e. US, Australia, the WB ; ADB who indicated their interest to provide financial support.

I see a leader who is pragmatic in spite of several deficiencies. He has made progress on the implementation of Train Law (Tax Reform for Acceleration ; Inclusion) which raises the tax exemptions for lower income earners. While TRAIN is being criticized as anti-poor due to increased taxes in the midst of an inflation, Pres. Duterte pushed for it in a move to tax powerful private enterprises in the country. In running after tax evaders, the government managed to collect from PAL P6 billion worth of unpaid air navigational charges.

The Philippine tobacco giant Mighty Corp., through government effort, paid P40 billion worth of tax liabilities. Said revenues will help the government fund its nationwide infrastructure programs.Duterte is also keen on adding a third telco player in a race to improve our telecom system. Reports revealed that by December a third player will be identified. Local and foreign entities have shown their interest this endeavor.

Pres. Duterte signed and approved the long overdue RA 11032 (Ease of Doing Business ; Efficient Government Service Delivery Act) which aims to improve the country’s competitiveness climate in doing business better by eliminating red tape in our bureaucracy. The law is an amendment of the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007. His inexorablecampaign for fighting graft and corruption became inevitable when he created the PACC (Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission)to probe erring officials in all branches of the government.The Build BuildBuild program, an ambitious infrastructure investment, is the major highlight of Dutertenomics. This economic feat hopes to transform the Philippines into a more robust market which include building & rehabilitation of airports, railways, bus transits, building of roads & bridges, and seaports.

The national program identified 75 flagship projects for its implementation with an overall budget that is expected to hit up to P9 trillion by 2022 with 35 of these have been approved and are now ready for execution.The list goes on i.e. launching of the OFW bank to cater to the needs of OFWs, free tuition fees in 112 state universities & colleges, RA 10969 that reassures farmers of free irrigation including its upgrade, 10-year passport & 5-year driving license validities, RA 10349 (Revised AFP Modernization) that aims to improve and modernize the AFP, laglag-bala in NAIA & other airports, free internet access in public areas, penalties for hospitals and medical clinics that refuse to administer treatment and support in times of emergency are among the few accomplishments demonstrated by the current administration.

Also, the proposal of San Miguel Corp. to build a new airport in Bulacan is at the negotiating table. This venture will be a huge financial risk on the part of the government nonetheless, it would positively guarantee economic returns in the long run.I did not vote at the last 2106 election being an OFW in the Middle East but I calmly appeal for change which is categorically inevitable in all governments. None of us can say that life is trouble-free in an imperfect world where we strangely inhabit. Ours is a dimension with struggles and barriers that will defy our resolve and human faith. Perhaps this is how I want to paint our government with all the strains it has on its shoulder today. Truth be told, there is no president who has not undergone drawbacks that daily confronts his office and leadership.

I value nationalism, democracy and human dignity though our ideals are not parallel to the kind of bureaucracy we have that is evidently weak and inefficient. Genuinely, let us value change by giving Pres. Duterte the opportunity to perform its mandate. He needs our reason and not our rage in building a democratic but tough state that truly embraces our aspirations and renewed national pride as Filipinos.



1 AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED -KHALED HOSSEINIINTRODUCTION: “And the mountains echoed ” is a marvelous and splendid novel written by Khaled Hosseini . He is one of the most widely read and beloved novelists in the world , with over 38 million copies of books sold in more than seventy countries. THE KITE RUNNER was a major film and a book of the decade , chosen by THE TIMES , THE DAILY TELEGRAPH and THE GUARDIAN . He was born in Kabul , Afganistan and lives in northern California. ” Hosseini’s evocative tales don’t just capture hearts , they break them” – GLAMOUR The above given statement is voiced by Glamour , a women’s magazine by which it praised Hosseini and his works.MAIN CHARACTERS:Saboor – Father of Abdullah and PariParwana – step mother of Abdullah and PariMasooma – Parwana’s elder sisterNabi – Elder brother of Masooma and ParwanaMr.Wahdati – Boss of Nabi Nila – Mrs.

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WahdatiSTORYLINE: Hosseini started the novel by mentioning his thanks and gratitude to his beloved people by saying ” This book is dedicated to Haris and Farah , both the noor of my eyes , and to my father who would have been proud ” He begins the story with the stars of the novel ABDULLAH and PARI .They both are siblings and among them Abdullah is elder . Abdullah and Pari had a great love for each other and their bonding amazed everyone in their Shadbagh village.

And the actual story begins with their journey towards Kabul where their uncle Nabi had settled. The innocent children do know what is going to happen there and they happily enjoyed their journey. There they met Mr. and Mrs. Wahdati under whom their uncle Nabi worked as chauffer and driver for more than twenty years . They both cordially invites Saboor ,Abdullah and Pari. Mrs.

Wahdati had an idea of adopting Pari, since she doesn’t have a child . And from then on Abdullah and Pari were separated and they have been brought up in different scenario .Since Pari was young when they were separated , she didn’t able to recollect her past life in Shadbagh. And the remaining part of the story tells and describe how their life went after their separation and who are the characters they came across in their life and their influence over these two people’s life either directly or indirectly. And the climax of the novel lies in which scenario they both met and reconnected their relationship.UNIQUENESS: This novel is well structured and also it has its own way of narration .This is not a simple novel as it revolve around the lives of more than eight people .

And also the flow of the story was nowhere stumbled. The novelist played a keen role in having a smooth flow between each plots in this novel and their connections. And this novel stand ahead from other novels in the way the novelist expressed the feelings and emotions.

With his narrating he was able to visualize the story in front of the eyes of the readers. And the main aspect of uniqueness lies in which Hosseini did a great job in weaving each character and visualizing their lives. “A complex and delicately interwoven tale of nine different lives……There is an unearthly beauty in the tales” – FINANCIAL CHRONICLEFAVOURITE CHARACTER: The character which I loved most in this novel is Abdullah. The novelist sketched Abdullah’s character in a keen manner .

Abdullah not only showed a brotherly caring upon Pari, more than that he showed a parental care towards her. And this was well explained in the novel . When they were separated since Pari was a small girl she didn’t expressed much . But Abdullah can’t even bear their separation and he expressed in all the way he could . But nothing worked out.

He was brought again to Shadbagh. Even months past, her memories revolving around him and he could feel her cheerfulness filled their entire home. So finally he left his house . His love for Pari is boundless and endless and this was very well shown by naming her daughter Pari. His love and care for her sister attracted me and this made me to love this character most .

ONE LINE REVIEW: This novel is an exquisitely rendered study of familial bonds.CONCLUSION: “And The Mountains Echoed” is a wonderful novel which gives the real meaning of familial bonds. And Hosseini has spined his yawn in a splendid manner which kept the heart beat of the readers at hike in each and every page. And I could feel a great pleasure in reading this book. “The novel’s poignant , bitter- sweet coclusion will almost certainly bring tears to your eyes ” – DAILY EXPRESS


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