Every year our President is performing a SONA to inform the Filipino people about the improvements and their projects for our country. It is important to have a SONA because it is used to be the summary of his deeds in the Philippines. On the fourth SONA of President Noynoy Aquino III, he laid out his plans and achievements for our country. The plan of PNoy for our country benefits the Filipino people. He also solved the past problems of the Philippines. The SONA 2013 lasted for 1 hour and 40 minutes, and was considered his longest address since he was elected to post in 2010. Here are a few important things that the president stressed out in his speech. Tamang daan na tinatahak, the president said that the result of the last election where 9 out of 12 of the candidates he endorsed, which he referred to as mga “kasangga” occupied the highest 9 seats in the senate, a testament that his bosses (Filipinos) agree with his “tuwid na daan”. He also states his accomplishments for the past three years of his administration. TESDA-DOLE scholarship; a total of 503,521 students have received the scholarship. An estimated six out of 10 scholars land a job.
This posed a significant increase from the employment rate among TESDA scholars in the past years. His plan on Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program increase in the number beneficiaries from 2010-present. On Education Reforms he establishes a K to 12 program and he addressed deficiencies in classrooms and text books. About on our Agricultural Reform the importation of rice decreased from 885,000 metric tons on 2010 to 350,000 metric tons in 2013 the latter already include the 187,000 metric tons as reserved buffer stocks in cases of emergency. The agricultural sector increased growth to 3.3 percent in the first 3 months of 2013, a triple increase from 1.1% of that of the same period in 2012. Enhancement of coconut farming through intercropping or the practice of growing two or more crops in proximity to produce greater yield. Initiative programs for the fishing sectors such as cold storage facility built in Bataraza, Palawan; building several fish ports in strategic places for easier access to fishermen to increase their income. Further the government is also improving roads, bridges, and other infrastructure, including services for the fishermen. He also resolved issues on Hacienda Luisita. He reported that the department of Agrarian Reform has already completed the list of qualified beneficiaries who are recipients of land titles.
On the talk about Health Programs the benefits from Phil Health increase. From 62% of health insurance enrollees in the past, the percentage increase to 81 percent. The administration is coordinating with LGUs to aim for 100 percent coverage. The improvement and rehabilitation of hospitals, rural health units and barangay health station in the country with its 33 billion pesos budget allotted for this sector in the last 3 years of his administration. He also stated that our country is ready for calamities. The government aims to finish mapping for Greater Metro Manila Area come 2014, and the other 1,138 areas by 2015. Through project NOAH, 525 automated water level monitoring stations and automated rain gauges in 18 major river basins have been deployed. The budget of 6.2 billion pesos to address flooding in metro manila which includes the budget for the Blumentritt Interceptor Catchment area, a 3.3-kilometer wide project which can catch flood waters of approximately the size of fourteen Olympic- size swimming pools swimming pools.
PNoy establish a Housing Programs Due to the joint effort of the government and private sectors, a total of 9,377 of houses have been built for Sendong victims in Mindanao. The government targets an additional 4,374 houses by next year. PNoy also asked for apologies for the seemingly slow process in providing these houses because of the complicated process of land acquisition. Pablo victims are already occupying the 53,106 houses built for them. PNoy also assured that we have a Secure and Fair Election. Secure and Fair Election through Oplan Katok, which aimed to search for guns with expired license and to make sure that only authorized persons own the licensed ones. There was a seen significant decrease of crime incidence in the past midterm polls from 189 last 2010 elections to 77 during May 2013 elections. He also said that this is the first time that the National Election and the election in ARMM. This is the first that National Election & Regional Election in ARMM done at the same time. He also includes at his SONA the Economic growth. The Philippines is now considered as the “rising tiger” by the World Bank and the “brightest spark” by the Institute of Chartered Account in England and Wales.
PNoy states that there are issues that he thinks need to be done, Like SSS Pension Scheme Modification and Fare hike in MRT and LRT decrease the subsidized fare and allot it to other government services. There are some issues PNoy also discussed. The Wilfredo Panogalinga and the recent Ricky Cadavero shooting case were also tackled by the president. He said that a thorough investigation is already underway for both cases, similar to the one done for the Atimonan rubout case. Despite on this issues that stain the reputation of the police and military forces, the president still believes for the goodness of the armed forces. He elaborated some instances where police officers showed exemplary works – on- and off-duty. Several other issues were also tackled. These were just few points that we think are important in his speech. These plans and achievements of PNoy must be supported and appreciated by the Filipinos. These can help the Philippines to improve and it may be the step for changing our country. We Filipinos must respect and obey our president plans for the Philippines. There are sayings that if you want a change don’t wait for others that will do it for you. All change starts with you.