Hopeful President! Duterte's New Year message: 'time to do better and aim higher in 2020'

A day before the country welcomes 2020, President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday encouraged all Filipinos to seek improvements and aim for a better life this year.

This statement from the President came as he celebrates with the entire nation and the global community in welcoming the New Year.

"We celebrate this occasion with our loved ones, filled with gratitude for blessings received in the past and with much optimism for the wonderful possibilities ahead,” the President said

“While the New Year is indeed a time to reflect on lessons learned, it is also an opportune time to do better and aim higher,” he added.

Duterte also believed that “with the guidance and grace of the Almighty and the enduring spirit of bayanihan (teamwork) and malasakit (compassion), Filipinos will enjoy a “stronger and brighter future.”

The Chief Executive has renewed the commitment that his administration would double its efforts to reach its goal of bringing a comfortable life to the people.

“As this administration enters its fourth year, I am hopeful that all our policies and programs for the improved welfare of our citizens and the continued progress of the Philippines will be realized with the active participation of everyone,” he said.

“Let us begin anew with a stronger commitment in our shared task of nation-building and ensure that all our development efforts will be made sustainable and inclusive,” Duterte added.

Earlier, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo also said that the public can expect a more productive and progressive changes this 2020 under the Duterte administration.

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