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The Philippines 2022: Expanding the middle class

First, it envisions the Philippines to be an upper-middle-income country by 2022 which translates to an “economy expanding by about 50 percent and per capita income increasing from USD 3,550 in 2015 to at least USD 5,000 in 2022.”

IN this series of columns I wanted to focus on the cornerstone of the Duterte administration’s development plan. If he promised change during the electoral campaign, the Philippine Development Plan of 2017-2022 shows us what that change would look like.

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Looking at the discussions – some of them very vicious – in social media, you would think that we are still in the middle of the campaign period. Well, some people seem to have been stuck in that period but the fact is that, the elections are over and our people have given President Rodrigo Roa Duterte the mandate to steer our country in the right direction.

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Several news outlets have reported President Roa Rodrigo’s vow to buy brand new military equipment for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). He was quoted as saying that instead of relying on second-hand weapons from the United States, he wanted to make sure that the military is best equipped to protect our republic.

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This is the imperative that came to my mind as we begin another school year of educating young Filipinos to become future leaders of the country.

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As I write this piece, the country is gripped in a series of events that threaten our peace and security. Our armed forces are engaged the Maute Group – a local terrorist group that pledged loyalty to ISIS, an international terrorist organization – in a deadly gun battle in the city of Marawi in Lanao del Sur.

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