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The outgoing Duterte administration will highlight its “legacy” in a two-day summit scheduled a month before the end of President Rodrigo Duterte’s term on 30 June.

The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) will mount the Duterte Legacy Summit from 30 to 31 May at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City to cite the government’s achievements.

“The two-day event will be our last act of thanking and recognizing the ‘Tapang at Malasakit’ governance of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, his Cabinet members, and all public servants who have brought impactful changes and meaningful developments to the Filipino people,” presidential spokesperson and PCOO chief Secretary Martin Andanar said in a statement.

President Duterte will share a personal message via video. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea will deliver the keynote speech, and Cabinet Secretary Melvin Matibag will give the closing remarks.

Memorandum Order 61

Cabinet officials will report to the public their accomplishments, policies, and projects, according to the PCOO. Beneficiaries of government projects will also share the impact of the said programs in their lives.

“It is our final report. This will leave a lasting and remarkable mark to the public on how the Duterte administration did its job in the name of public service,” Andanar said.

Officials will hold a media briefing after the summit.

Meanwhile, President Duterte has approved the country’s first list of economic activities that can avail of tax incentives under the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises Act (CREATE) Law.

Dubbed the 2022 Strategic Investment Priorities Plan, the list was contained in Memorandum Order 61 signed by Medialdea last Tuesday on behalf of the President.

Included in the list of priority activities eligible for government tax and fiscal incentives were those related to pandemic response, like manufacturing medical supplies and tools, as well as essential services like quarantine and test facilities, health waste treatment, and crematoriums.

Activities related to employment opportunities can also avail of tax perks like the creation of industrial goods and processing of agricultural and fishery products, as well as strategic services like integrated circuits design, creative and knowledge-based services, maintenance, repair and overhaul of aircraft, charging and refueling stations for alternative energy vehicles, industrial waste treatment, telecommunications, and state-of-the-art engineering, procurement, and construction.

Other items included in the plan were healthcare and disaster risk reduction management services like the establishment of hospitals, drug rehabilitation, and evacuation centers; mass housing; infrastructure and logistics including public-private partnerships implemented by local governments; inclusive business models like the activities of medium and large enterprises in agribusiness and tourism sectors.

Also eligible for tax perks were activities related to the creation of environmentally-friendly products, support for vaccine self-reliance programs, defense, and food security. Research and development activities seen to attract technology investments may also avail incentives.

The items under research and development activities include the adoption of advanced digital production technologies such as robotics, data analytics, and artificial intelligence; highly technical manufacturing and production of innovative products, and commercialization of intellectual property.

Tax perks

It also includes activities related to aerospace, Internet of things devices and systems, full-scale water fabrication, and advanced materials; and the establishment of innovation support families like research and development hubs and science and technology parks.

The CREATE Act signed by Duterte in 2021 mandates agencies administering tax perks and the private sector to formulate the strategic investment priority plan and submit it to the President for approval.

Duterte directed all agencies to issue the necessary regulations to ensure the implementation of the plan.

He also instructed investment promotion agencies to facilitate and expedite the setting up and conduct of registered projects or activities through a one-stop action center.

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