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Duterte most-traveled but also most productive — Palace

MANILA, June 27 -- Malacañang on Tuesday said that while President Rodrigo Duterte may be the most-traveled president in his first year in office, it could not be denied that his foreign trips have also won the country a record-breaking sum in terms of trade and investment pledges as well as stronger diplomatic ties.
"Totoo naman na most traveled at totoo rin naman na ang nagastos ay nasa mga PHP300 million na sa mahigit 21 biyahe. Pero siguro ang mahalaga dito tingnan natin iyong cost benefits analysis natin, iyong ROI (return on investment)," Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in a radio interview aired over DZMM.

"Kasi kung ikaw ay may negosyo, kung ang isang piso mo, eh ang palit naman ay isang libo eh siguro nagtatalon ka na sa tuwa. At iyon naman ang nangyari sa lahat ng biyahe ng Pangulo, nakapag-uwi siya ng more than USD 35 billion. Kumbaga, bukod doon sa investment na nakuha ng Pangulo, talagang napakataas naman talaga itong one year, record-breaking," he said.

Part of the said amount will fund the various big-ticket infrastructure projects of the government that includes the Manila-Clark railway, the NAIA-Quezon City subway and the Mindanao Railway Project among others.

"For every infrastructure project, may trabahong siguradong maibibigay sa Pilipino at iikot ang ekonomiya, mas lalago, mas tataas ang GDP (gross domestic product)," Andanar pointed out.

At the same time, the Palace official said the foreign visits have allowed President Duterte to strengthen bilateral ties with other countries.

"Hindi mo malalagyan ng halaga iyong relationship na na-build mo doon sa mga bansa na napuntahan mo. Iyon relationship na iyon hindi mo mabayaran, iyong people-to-people relationship. Nailagay muli ang bansa natin sa mapa, sa international stage na tayo ay pinapansin muli," Andanar said.

Earlier media reports have said that the government spent PHP386.2 million on Duterte's foreign trips, excluding the cost of his last 4 trips to Cambodia, Hong Kong, China and Russia.

Andanar said the government welcomed the media scrutiny of government's expenses, saying this is provided under the Freedom of Information order that Duterte signed last year.

"Let me remind everyone, ang publiko na dahil doon sa Freedom of Information na pinirmahan ni President, kaya lumalabas ito, nakukuha ng media, nakukuha ng ordinaryong Pilipino kung ano iyong mga gusto nilang malaman tungkol sa gobyerno," he said.

He added that President Duterte signed Executive Order No. 2 to promote transparency.

"Transparency po talaga ay isa sa mga sandata ng ating mamamayan para mas mulat ang ating bansa. Mas gusto nga namin maraming gumamit niyang Freedom of Information na iyan, para lahat ng impormasyon na lumabas at walang pagdududa. At kung meron mang mga anomalya na makita diyan eh kasuhan agad at tanggalin agad kung sinuman iyong mga opisyal na in charge diyan," Andanar said. (Cielito M. Reganit/PNA)

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