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As a young entrepreneur, my ambition was straightforward – to build the most houses in the Philippines. After my first real estate venture – which began in 1975 after I resigned from my job and armed with a capital of P10,000 – yielded success, I told myself, “God probably meant me to build houses for others.”

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Congratulations to Congress and the executive branch for the passage of the law providing free education in all state universities and colleges (SUCs). While lawmakers still need to scour the national budget to fund this law, there is no doubt that it would have a tremendous impact on the future of our country.

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I spent more than two decades as a legislator. In the years I spent at the Senate and the House of Representatives, I have seen many laws debated and enacted. There were laws that were very technical and complicated like the E-VAT law and the Anti-Money Laundering Law. But there were also laws that were so simple and its impact to society so significant.

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte ignited a controversial but very important historical debate during his second State of the Nation Address last July 24 before the joint session of Congress.

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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.”

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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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