MAP urges Marcos to implement health, education and agriculture policies

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MANILA, Philippines – The Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) is urging the Marcos administration to implement a number of policies that focus on health, nutrition, education, as well as increasing land productivity agricultural and coastal areas, among others.

In a document dated June 29, MAP submitted policy recommendations to President Marcos in line with the goal of achieving and sustaining a vibrant economy with the widest participation and benefits for Filipinos, covering all socio-classes. -economic, economic sectors, geographical areas and ethnic affiliations.

“As the country emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic and the deep contraction it has caused in our economy, policy and program support and public investment must prioritize the two most important assets, but also the most difficult in the country: its people and its land,” the MAP said.

To address the education crisis in the country, MAP recommended the immediate mobilization of the Second Education Committee created by the new Congressional Second Committee on the Education Act and its multi-sector advisory council, to develop a clear roadmap out of the learning crisis that will pursue fundamental reforms, ensure public-private complementarity, institutionalize lifelong learning/upskilling and build on the best international practices and new knowledge in neuroscience.

He also called for the return of face-to-face lessons in all schools that are not in high-risk areas, as well as prioritizing connectivity and teacher development in the 2023 budget.

The group also recommended the establishment of a program of cooperation between educational institutions to improve the quality of education and the adoption of international best practices, in particular to improve the quality of learning in English. , math, and science, as well as leveraging industry associations, large corporations, or agencies to provide input and oversight in the curriculum and method of instruction in K-12 streams.

To make quality health care accessible to all Filipinos, MAP recommended modernizing the public health system, reducing malnutrition as a public health policy, and establishing a National Council for Rehabilitation and resilience and a Health Security Council.

The MAP called for the overhaul of the direction and management of PhilHealth, including investment in technology-based management systems and the private outsourcing of certain functions, increasing the bed capacity of hospitals and manpower, the guarantee of a regular supply of vaccines and drugs throughout the country, the improvement of the remuneration of public officials doctors and nurses at all levels in the public and private sectors, and l expanding the role of clinics nationwide to bring medical services closer to rural populations.

To achieve high productivity and international competitiveness in the agriculture and agribusiness sectors, the MAP pushes for the consolidation of farms, the strengthening of food systems and the establishment of policies and programs aimed at to maximize the productive use of indigenous community lands.

MAP also urged the reaffirmation of the primary mandates of the Land Bank of the Philippines and the Development Bank of the Philippines to finance small farms and businesses by phasing out deposits from private depositors to eliminate banks’ fiduciary responsibility to private depositors; applying appropriate regulatory parameters distinct from those applied to commercial banks and phasing out all non-agricultural, local government and infrastructure lending.

He also cited the need to ensure a business and industry policy environment that promotes level competition, lowers the costs of doing business.

“We need an investment-friendly environment if we are to succeed in attracting greater and more diverse job-creating investment so that more Filipinos are profitably and productively employed, so that employment in the abroad is only a choice for our workers, rather than a necessity, said MAP.

Furthermore, MAP urged the Marcos administration to immediately ratify and actively participate in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement and other trade agreements to tap into broader market opportunities that will diversify the country’s exports. country in terms of products/services and destinations, and enhance the country’s attractiveness for foreign investment.

He also pushed for the formulation of an aggressive new Philippine export development plan aimed at closing the country’s wide export gap with its ASEAN peers, which will examine and address the whole export ecosystem spanning macroeconomic policy and governance environment to sector and commodities. level-level strategies and programs.

The MAP also stressed the need to resume the active pursuit of public-private partnerships in infrastructure development.

“Sustaining the gains of the Build, Build, Build program will be tested by much tighter budget constraints that have been brought about by the huge costs of managing the pandemic and its impact on jobs and livelihoods. . Thus, it will be necessary to prioritize infrastructure of the highest strategic importance and resume the active pursuit of PPPs in infrastructure development,” MAP said.

The group also stressed the need to uphold justice and the rule of law so that business confidence is maintained and the general population lives in an atmosphere of peace and security.

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