Duterte to present PH COVID-19 ‘roadmap to recovery’ in next week’s SONA — Palace

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 22)— President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to unveil the detailed COVID-19 recovery plan for the Philippines during his State of the Nation Address slated next week, Malacañang said Wednesday.

Speaking to CNN Philippines, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque noted Duterte will discuss the coronavirus pandemic and the government’s response to the crisis “in much detail” when the latter addresses the nation for the fifth time.

“I think you can imagine that the President will summarize the effects of the COVID pandemic as well as the responses of government and the way forward,” Roque said in an interview with The Source.

“But I think the difference will be, he will be presenting now a roadmap for recovery, which actually, if you’ve noticed, the economic team has not unveiled yet. And I think the reason is they want to unveil it in the SONA itself, and in many fora after the SONA,” he added.

The chief executive is set to show up at the Batasang Pambansa on Monday for this year’s SONA, despite concerns on his physical attendance amid the pandemic.

Only a limited number of Cabinet members and lawmakers will join him in Batasan, Roque earlier said, in line with strict health protocols to avoid mass gatherings. Previous SONAs were jampacked with high-profile guests, making them a red carpet event featuring a display of lavish outfits.

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In May, the National Economic and Development Authority unveiled its proposed recovery plan for the country— a three-phased approach to restart the economy which includes providing access to more bank loans and reviving infrastructure projects, among others.

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