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Manila Standard : BBM blueprint for post-COVID revival unveiled

News & Interviews
29 October 2021

By Rey E. Requejo | Manila Standard

Presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. on Friday pushed his “Tawid COVID, Beyond COVID” program, which is a comprehensive blueprint for the country’s preparedness for the reopening of the global economy, which is now starting to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

Marcos, the standard-bearer of the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas, stressed the decision of the Australian government to lift the anti-dumping measure on Philippine pineapple canned products shows that the global economy is starting to recover.

“BBM” said this is a good development not only in the agriculture sector but also to the other sectors of the country as it proves that it can also make and strengthen its position in the global economy.

“Now that the global economy starts to open up, well in this particular case, we should be able to keep up because we have a product to export to (Australia). Our positioning in the various sectors of the global economy should be the same. Once the other countries have started, we should be ready to trade, do business, partner, or supply them,” Marcos said.

“We need to plan how to keep pace with the opening of other countries. When the economy of other countries recovers, we need to be ready to keep up with their opening and their rise. We need to plan where to place the recovery of the global economy,” he added.

Marcos said such a plan is included in his “Tawid COVID, Beyond COVID” program, which aims to provide measures and strategies on how the Filipinos and the Philippine economy can improve their lives while in the midst of pandemic and even beyond it.

His plan involves strategies to address and give solutions to the problems of different sectors such as agriculture, energy, telecommunication, infrastructure, education, health, and others.

“The first thing we need to do is cross this COVID, we must be able to get out and say that it is behind us. It cannot be said that it will disappear, but we must be able to manage it, just like what we see in other countries, they have reached that point,” he said.

“All that needs to be done so that we can keep pace with the development of the global economy,” Marcos stressed.