Upon the invitation of the Philippine Congress, local Government officials led by Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo witnessed the Joint Congressional Session for the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte this afternoon carried live through videoconferencing.
President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his SONA at exactly 4:00PM and reported the gains of his administration in building important infrastructure projects and in fighting to contain the spread of COVID-19 making special mention of the laudable efforts of medical frontliners, local officials and the barangays who for months have been implementing the measures and policies designed to combat coronavirus in their own localities. He also presented his administration’s agenda for the coming year including proposed legislative measures.
Vice-Mayor Alan Gel Cordova, Councilors Karissa Tolentino-Maxino, Michael Bandal, Joe Kenneth Arbas, Nelson Patrimonio, Liga ng mga Barangay President Dionie Amores, SK Federation President Lei Marie Danielle Tolentino, City DILG Officer Christopher Pastor, SK Fed Vice-President Renz Macion and several Punong Barangays joined the videoconference with Mayor Remollo.
In his remarks, President Duterte made it clear that he will not allow classes requiring physical face-to-face interaction unless a vaccine against COVID-19 is developed and available in the market.
The President also criticized the heavy concentration of power and resources in the hands of oligarchs particularly in the energy, water and communication sectors. He warned the giant telecom companies to improve their services by the end of the year.
Recognizing the threat of illegal drugs trade to the nation’s prosperity and well-being, President Duterte is pushing for the enactment of law imposing death penalty to those engaged in the trade.
The House of Representatives used videoconferencing technology to comply with the government’s strict health and safety protocols, which significantly reduced to only fifty (50) persons those who are allowed to physically enter the plenary session for President Duterte’s 5th SONA.