President Rodrigo Roa Duterte sworn in newly appointed government officials on Monday, renewing his call to help him eliminate corruption in the bureaucracy, which he said is the major stumbling block for the country’s progress along with the proliferation of illegal drugs and lack of law and order.
In the event held in Malacañan Palace, President Duterte said he is confident that the newly designated officials will serve with sincere commitment to attain positive change in the government.
Congratulating the new officials, he reminded them that they are called to perform their duties with the highest degree of moral integrity.
“The values of transparency, accountability, and efficiency are pillars that will continue to guide us in our quest for good governance across all levels of government,” President Duterte said.
The President then rallied for their support in his fight against corruption to uphold an untainted administration that puts high regard on people’s welfare.
“The advancement of their lives remains the most important indicator of our overall progress as a nation,” he said. “I trust that you will continue to put the people’s common good over our own personal interests and use your position to rally behind every Filipino’s aspiration for a better life.”
He also called for a reliable public service by preserving the people’s faith and trust in government.
“Rest assured that I am with you in your shared quest for conscientious and responsive government. We will continue working together in order to realize our goal to eliminate the ills that weaken social institutions, especially as we now move into the second half of my term,” he said.
At the same time, the President expects the new government officials to work tirelessly in carrying out effective programs and initiatives to achieve lasting reforms in the bureaucracy.