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"We are public servants," Aquino told CNN on Tuesday. "You're the public, you're the masters, you're the one with wants and needs that should be wanted and delivered. And we'll bring it back to that point."
That meant making it possible for people to improve their lives, he said.
"You want to level the playing field, giving everyone the chance to advance their status in life, the opportunities to improve their lot," he said.
Aquino has vowed to put the country's interests over any political motivations.
"I have the freedom to be able to decide what is best and good for our country rather to embark in political considerations," he said.
One of his priorities, he says, is fighting corruption in a country where most people, according to a recent survey by Transparency International, feel the previous government failed.