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CLARK FREEPORT—The Duterte administration has delivered on several key recommendations two years ago by the private sector to help the government supercharge the economy and fulfill its goal of inclusive growth, notably on improving the ease of doing business, implementing a national identification (ID) system and instituting tax reform, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said here Monday.
Dominguez said the government also responded to the call of the business sector to modernize the country’s infrastructure and logistics network with its ambitious “Build, Build, Build” program that is now powering the economy and providing a strong base for sustained high growth.
These recommendations, Dominguez recalled, were fleshed out by leaders of the business community during the first-ever “SulongPilipinas” consultative conference held on June 2016 in Davao City in the midst of preparations for the then-transition to the new presidency of Rodrigo Duterte.
Such consultations with the private sector were also held in 2017 in Manila and has been expanded this year to include regional forums across the country.
“We responded to several key recommendations from the first Sulong meeting. We delivered on the Ease of Doing Business Act intending to streamline government frontline operations, making it easier to apply for and renew business permits and licenses. We have likewise delivered on the recommendation to establish a national ID system, which will allow us to more efficiently deliver social services to our citizens,” said Dominguez at the opening of the SulongPilipinas-Philippine Development Forum (PDF) here this morning.
Some 500 participants, including representatives from small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs), have gathered at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Convention Center to take part in the event, which will now adopt a new town hall format in which delegates will be able to directly take part in shaping policies meant to benefit them and the rest of the stakeholders in the economy.