Pulong completes 1st term in Congress with high esteem, valuable achievements

Davao City First District Rep. Paolo ‘Pulong’ Duterte will end his first term in the House of Representatives with great pride and honor. In his first three years as a lawmaker, Pulong authored 62 House Bills (HBs) and facilitated the release and implementation of millions worth of infrastructure, development, and livelihood projects to the constituencies of Davao’s first district.

Sixteen of the 62 HBs he authored were enacted into laws, 21 were already sent and received by the Senate, and the other 25 are still pending in the different committees in the House of Representatives.

“As we near the end of my first term as your congressman for the first district of Davao City, allow me again to share my acts of gratitude for the overwhelming trust and support that you have bestowed upon me and my family – garbo namo nga magahinan sa inyung bilinhun nga pagsalig kanamo,” Pulong said.

Two of the HBs authored by Duterte are still in the period of sponsorship, another two with copies distributed to the House members, and one recommitted.

Pulong authored HB 5712 that was enacted into law on January 8, 2020, as Republic Act (RA) 11466 or the Salary Standardization Law.

The HB 6756 he filed on May 18, 2020, was also enacted into law as RA 11509, otherwise known as the Medical Scholarship and Return Service Program Act.

Duterte is also the author, through HB 6312, of RA 11470 that established the National Academy of Sports in the country.

His HB 4157 was also enacted into law on March 26, 2021, as RA 11534 known as the CREATE Law that reformed the corporate income tax and incentive system in the country.

The HB 6421 or the Anti-Bulk Cash Smuggling of 2020 is still pending in the Committee on Banks and Financial Intermediaries since March 4, 2020, while the HB 5623 or the National Single-Use Plastic Ban Act was already approved in the Lower House and was already transmitted to the Senate on July 29, 2021.

“My main plan is to promote meaningful development and positive change for the people, especially the Dabawenyos, and has vowed to develop laws that will positively impact the people, usher in livelihood, generate jobs, improve infrastructures, provide education opportunities to less fortunate children and the youth, and bring sustainable development,” Duterte added.

In response to the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, Duterte filed a bill establishing a Covid-19 unemployment reduction economic stimulus (CURES) fund and an act establishing policies, regulations, and public health safeguards for the better normal in the workplace, public places, and communities toward a sustainable recovery from the pandemic.

He has also funded efforts for sports and emergency response, as well as relief assistance.

“While these projects may have greatly helped my beloved Dabawenyos, I personally feel that there is still a lot to be done. And with your help, we will make that happen,” the lawmaker said.

More accomplishments 

The lawmaker, who has a proven track record of leading a government office, has been active in his duties and partnered with various government agencies to effectively and efficiently deliver the programs and services for his constituents in the First District of Davao and people needing help in Davao City.

In 2019, during his stint as a first-time congressman, Pulong continued the barangay caravan program that he spearheaded when he was still the vice mayor of Davao City — the ‘Pulongpulong ni Pulong.’

Through the program, various services were offered to residents of 54 barangays in the First District of Davao.

These services included dental health assistance, medical and eye check-up with free reading glasses, livelihood programs for solo parents, legal services related to violence against women and children, anti-drug abuse lectures, basketball clinics (3-on-3 competition), food pack distributions, and giveaway of vitamins maintenance medicine to indigents.

To respond to the needs of his constituents for medical assistance once confined in private hospitals, Duterte collaborated with the Department of Social and Welfare Development Office (DSWD).

The presidential son also provided the financially incapacitated patients at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) through the Patients Assistance Desk (PAD) Office. The said medical aid was not limited to indigents from the First Congressional District alone but has catered to all Dabawenyos regardless of their district.

He also worked with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and DSWD to provide educational scholarship grants to 1,622 deserving students.

Duterte also initiated an emergency response program to give food packs and financial assistance to fire, flood, earthquake, and landslide victims in his District. Similar aid was also given to calamity victims in the Second and Third Districts of Davao.

His office also regularly accepted and approved requests for financial assistance, medical help, equipment, livelihood, and other forms of aid from his constituents, sectoral organizations, and barangay officials.

Pandemic time

During the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the young lawmaker initiated a “caravan” in collaboration with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and DSWD, providing relief assistance to his constituents under the First Congressional District.

Among the interventions provided were Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged at Displaced Workers (TUPAD) of DOLE and DSWD’s Crisis Intervention and Livelihood Programs.

Some 23,553 individuals were assisted through the TUPAD program of DOLE. Beneficiaries comprised of displaced workers, barbers, salon employees, massage therapists, musicians, blind masseurs, hotel and restaurant workers, department store employees, supermarket employees, janitorial staff, and guest relations employees.

The DSWD Crisis Interventions Program covered 3,520 beneficiaries from the sectors of solo parents, tricycle/trisikad drivers, and indigent Muslim communities.

Meanwhile, 3,573 individuals comprising fisherfolk and the street vendors, including small sari-sari store owners, benefited from the DSWD Livelihood Program.

In addition to the financial assistance, Pulong also provided food packs to residents of coastal areas, riversides, and impoverished Muslim communities.

When the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) was implemented in early 2020, the young Duterte initiated the Cluster Music Video War and the PuLong Distance Duet Competition to encourage people to stay at home and to lessen the anxiety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. He provided cash awards to winners.

His office also provided food packs to families affected by lockdowns. But his help was not only exclusive to Davao City as he distributed 100 sacks of rice to the Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS), Carmen, Panabo City, Tagum City, and Sto. Tomas in Davao del Norte, and Mati City in Davao Oriental.

Food packs containing rice, choco milk powder, and noodles were also given to Antipolo, Muntinlupa, and San Pedro.

Cash assistance was also given to law enforcers, traffic enforcers, and other Covid-19 front-liners. At the same time, packed meals were also distributed to the front-liners assigned at SPMC, Philippine National Police (PNP), Task Force Davao (TFD), and the Davao City Highway Patrol Group.

To further protect the public from the threat of Covid-19, Rep. Duterte conducted mass distribution of face masks and face shields in Davao City through the barangay captains. In addition, the same protective items were made accessible for free at the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal, Davao International Airport, Davao Public Markets, and some streets of Davao.

Face masks and face shields were also distributed to the five provinces of the Davao Region, Maguindanao, and Ormoc.

Thermal guns and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) were also distributed to SPMC and some private hospitals in the city.

Apart from these, SPMC also received medical goggles, N95 masks, gloves, aerosol boxes, PC kits, CPAP machines, and Disinfection Station with Scanners from Rep. Duterte.

Several Disinfection Stations with scanners were also donated through the lawmaker’s office, which was immediately deployed at entry and exit points of Davao, including the airport.

All 182 barangays in Davao City were provided with thermal guns and disinfectants to ensure the safety of the Dabawenyos.

Peace and Order

For his peace and order campaign, Rep. Duterte provided all 54 barangays under his District with motorcycles and tricycle mobile patrols.

And to protect the Dabawenyos from the threat of criminality driven by illegal drugs, he integrated the voluntary drug-testing program in the barangays, strengthening their Anti-Drug Campaign with the help of the personnel from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 11 (PDEA-11).

Last year as Congressman

As the pandemic persists to give challenges to the Dabawenyos in 2021, Duterte continues to assist various sectors in dire need of help from the government.

In collaboration with the DSWD’s Crisis Intervention Program, Rep. Duterte assisted 16,375 individuals composed of street vendors, bakery employees, gasoline station employees, trisikad drivers, tricycle drivers, jeepney drivers, persons with disabilities, solo parents, and informal settlers.

Through DOLE’s TUPAD, the lawmaker’s office assisted 7,153 workers of salons, vulcanizing shops, small internet cafes, inland resorts, amusement centers, dive shops, hotels, restaurants, cockpit, and small-time freelance photographers and street food vendors.

Pulong also coordinated with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to train 3,135 individuals from the three Districts of Davao. As a result, the beneficiaries received training on computer systems servicing, visual graphic design, automotive servicing, plumbing, HEO (bulldozer, hydraulic excavator, forklift), contact center services, bread and pastry making, housekeeping, healthcare services, and shield metal arc welding.

After the TESDA training, Rep. Duterte worked with DOLE and the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) to connect the beneficiaries to possible employers through a virtual job fair.

In other support services, Rep. Duterte’s office distributed 1000 wheelchairs to indigent persons with disabilities (PWD) and with severe medical conditions. This is an ongoing program that is not limited to the residents of the First District of Davao.

Rep. Duterte’s collaboration with DSWD’s Kalahi cash for work program benefited 6, 313 individuals. For a 10-day work, each beneficiary received P3,960. Here is the breakdown: Langub, 252; Magtuod, 378; Brgy. 18-B, 252; Dumoy, 505; Bucana, 1,673; Brgy. 22-C, 378; Brgy. 21-C , 378; Brgy. 36-D, 252; Matina Aplaya, 505; Brgy. 8-A, 378; Talomo, 1,362.

In the last quarter of 2021, the office of Rep. Duterte received 12 vehicles that could be used to transport patients from barangays to the hospitals — along with ten ambulance tricycles equipped with oxygen tanks. The vehicles will be given to barangays with denser populations compared to others.

Infrastructure

For infrastructure development, Rep. Duterte has embarked on the construction and rehabilitation of multipurpose buildings, flood control and drainage works, road widening and maintenance, construction and reconstruction of roads and bridges, and construction of water supply systems and preventive care — in all barangays of Davao City.

These projects are essential to comply with the directive of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the City District Engineering Office (DEO) to clear roads of obstructions and address problems in areas prone to flood.