By Liezelle Soriano
MANILA — As the nation prepares for the post-pandemic economic recovery, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. called for unity and emphasized that it must be pro-environment, sustainable, and attentive to the demands of the general populace.
It is time for different sectors to collaborate to bring about an even “better normal,” Marcos said, who spoke at the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) 55th annual meeting of its board of governors
“I believe that at the heart of this goal is in the way that we must develop an economy that is green, that is sustainable, truly climate-resilient and responsive to people’s immediate needs,” he told ADB’s annual gathering.
“It is an economy that takes into account the ecosystem from which we harness our resources.”
The President said that the ADB has been a dependable organization since its founding in terms of lending money, offering technical support, and making equity investments in its members’ businesses to support social and economic growth.
He recognized and expressed gratitude to ADB for being the Philippines’ dependable partner in accomplishing its development objectives.
“We also recognize ADB for allowing us to access the CARES Program — a quick-disbursing budget-support facility to aid countries in mitigating the severe economic shocks caused by the pandemic,” he said.
“Moreover, I am pleased to note that we share the same vision of building a brighter and more resilient future.”