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    Quotes of Vice President Leni Robredo Meet the Presidentiables: Economic Reforms in the New Frontier organized by the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (FINEX)

    Quotes of Vice President Leni Robredo

    Meet the Presidentiables: Economic Reforms in the New Frontier
    organized by the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (FINEX)

    On amending the Constitution to open up for foreign investments

    “I believe that the most urgent among these concerns can already be addressed without going through the tedious, contentious process of amending the Constitution. And one such way is through a more responsive Public Service Act which opens up the Philippine economy to larger scale investments and holds the potential of unlocking key industries and expanding opportunity for our people.”

    On infrastructure

    “Infrastructure will most definitely remain a priority. But we must ensure that we are building in a strategic, impactful manner and not just building for the sake of saying we’re building. And to this end, we’ll focus our infrastructure policy on three priority areas. The first one of that is water resources management, the second one is public transport and rural development, and the third one is reconstruction of public infrastructure and housing projects in calamity-stricken areas.”

    On private-public partnerships (PPP)

    “We should push for more private-public partnerships because we have seen the amount of good that collaboration with the private sector can produce ‘pag ginawa ito ng tama. At the Office of the Vice President, we were able to do so many things despite the limited mandate and resources because of the private sector.”

    On mining

    “I am for responsible mining. We must ensure first and foremost of course that the environment will be protected and that the benefits we gain from mining activities go back to local communities and contribute to holistic national development… We must always respect the rights of indigenous peoples… an honest to goodness consultation with local communities is crucial to ensure that any project that will be rolled out should not just be accepted by the community but should in fact benefit them.”

     

    On women empowerment

    “Women empowerment was one of the six key priority areas of our Angat Buhay program, and what we have been doing is really training women ¬– training women to become entrepreneurs, training women to earn their keep while taking care of their families. We were able to roll out a lot of programs already. We have an ongoing sustainable livelihood and development program, we [conduct] workshops for aspiring women entrepreneurs.”

    On taxing the super-rich

    “Government should take the lead in putting up mechanisms so that those in the margins are really given the opportunity to succeed. And when I say given the opportunity to succeed, it’s a whole range of many things including education, including focusing on local industries where we have a competitive advantage, including providing for social protection for them. While I’m open to taxing the rich more, I don’t think that should only be the solution that would be given.”

    On energy security

    “It is very, very clear that the priority now should be moving away from fossil fuel dependence towards a shift to renewable technology. We should also ensure that energy costs do not hamper our economic trajectory.”

    On renewable energy

    “We have committed to be carbon neutral by 2050, but the first step, of course, is to accelerate this because we don’t have a very clear transition plan yet. We need to immediately reorient this into a roadmap to increase our levels of energy self-sufficiency with clear milestones.”

    On the West Philippine Sea

    “Ang atin ay atin. Our foreign policy will always put the interests and our people first. We will have to address challenges always with courage and honor, and we should be unrestrained by fear and be free from the influence of any political power.”

    On the role of government

    “Sometimes government over-fixates itself on restrictions, parang policing, laging tinitignan. Para sa akin, ang role ng government is to encourage, make sure that all the processes are fair and transparent. Kasi our belief is that inclusivity should always be the driving force for real growth, pero ang commitment ko din that your voice will always be heard as we work for the common good.”

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    Posted in Transcripts on Jan 21, 2022