by Arik Aaron C. Abu
It has been more than a month since Rodrigo "Rody" Duterte was sworn into the highest the public office in the land. His bid for the presidency was known for the promise that "change is coming". With this assurance to Filipinos, the renowned Davao City mayor won the 2016 Presidential Elections with a platform that aggresively pushes for a shift towards federalism, a stronger offensive against corruption in the government, and an all-out war against drugs across the Philippine archipelago.
In his inaugural speech, he ordered all the department secretaries and heads of agencies to reduce requirements and the processing time of all applications, from submission to releas, as well as to remove any redundant requirements and compliance that are currently in place. Among the issues called out by President Duterte is the prevalence of bureaucratic red tape in dealing with various government agencies, and that Filipinos have been accustomed to long queues and waiting times prior to the release of documents, licensees, or clearances from the government.