6. Energy Self-Reliance
Another solution to some of the pressing problems the country has back then was the use and promotion of the renewable sources of energy. With the initiative of President Marcos, the use of indigenous energy sources were developed like hydro, geothermal, dendrothermal, coal, biogas and biomass. This has put the country into a great leverage because we are not a hundred percent dependent on the oil from the Middle East unlike other countries. Moreover, because of this the extensive energy resource research and exploration and development resulted in the reduction of oil imports from 100% in 1965 to 40% in 1985 and in the same year, more than 1,400 towns and cities were fully energized.
7. Export Development
Before all these shortcoming that we have right now, let us look back to when we were one of the top exporters to the global economy. During Marcos’ regime, the Philippines has been one of the leading countries who provide the global market with multiple products. During 1985 textile and textile products like garments and embroideries, furniture and rattan products, marine products like prawns and milkfish, raw silk, shoes, dehydrated and fresh fruits were exported aside from the traditional export products like coconut, sugar, logs, lumber and veneer. These products were all from our country. Furthermore, these exported goods make the Philippine economy quite stable and in a very good condition. However, things now have changed.
8. Labor Reform
Another sector which President Marcos paid attention to is the manual labor workforce. Aside from farmers, he listened and attended to the needs of the labor force. He did this through promoting the Magna Carta of Labor to promote greater protection to labor and employment, and to further human resource development. He did this because he believed that one way to achieve growth is to care for the people who brings money into the Philippine economy. The minimum wages of the workers were boosted through the guaranteed 13th month pay and cost of living allowances. Employment potentials of Filipinos were enhanced through skills training. During that time, there were 896,000 out-of-school youths and unemployed graduated from various training centers all over the country. Stabilized employment rate thus entailed potential growth for the country’s economy.
9. Unprecedented Infrastructure Growth
If there’s one thing that the Marcos Administration should be proud of, it is the establishment of numerous world-class infrastructure in the country. Several buildings, recreational parks, and public transportation media have been built during Marcos’ regime. Not only that, telecommunications development grew big, land transportation became better through the construction of roads and irrigation in the farmlands were improved. This is all because the administration took a long-term perspective about the country’s growth. Some of the buildings constructed back then were still in use today like the Philippine International Convention Center, Center for the Culture and the Arts, Arts Center, Kidney Center, Lung Center and the ever famous San Juanico Bridge in the South.
10. Political Reform
This is probably the most controversial achievements among all these. The drastic shift from a democratic to a very authoritarian rule really shook the Philippines as a country and this all happened during Marcos regime. As a matter of fact, that shift was even dubbed as the ‘darkest days of the Philippine political system’. It posed several restrictions back then that gave rise to multiple issues that are present until now. The Martial Law did not just reform the Philippine politics, but it has absolutely changed and turned it upside down. But nonetheless, this political reform gave way to the birth of many government offices and departments which enhanced the public service of the government. Actually, all of the established Departments during the Marcos regime were retained until now.