E D I T O R I A L
A Time for Assessment and Reckoning
t’s the time of the year whenthe incumbent administration makesa reckoning of its performance in steering
this nation and the entire Filipino peopletowards the much desired progress and
It is also the time when the nation’sassessment is sought in evaluating theperformance of the administration and
the effects of the government programs inimproving the socio-economic condition of our people.
H.E. President Benigno S. Aquino, III
delivers his third State of the Nation Address
this July, and will appraise the nation of thevarious programs being undertaken.
This administration’s pre-election promise
of progress and social transformation for its
people was anchored in transparency andgood governance.
Thus, all programs and initiatives that are
aimed to improve this nation and its people
will be measured not only by –
any better off today than yesterday?”
more importantly, if all of these programsare being implemented well within the
parameters and the ambit of the promisedtransparency and good governance.
Effective governance has so manyintricate complex details in itself. Makingfaces in accomplishing its tasks, theselimitations are not seen as an obstruction
but instead as a challenge to nd the legally
proper and appropriate solution.
President Aquino has clearly demonstrated
his serious and sincere intent to make the
country able and capable to defend itself against any threats from internal and
external forces.The current initiatives sanctioned by thePresident have brought much hope to thetroops, whose ability to serve and functionproperly was stunted in the past.
It can be said at this point, ‘to serve in themilitary nowadays can be best described as
entering very interesting dynamic times.’
No stone will be left unturned in nding
the legally appropriate solution(s) to make
the defense of this nation’s people, territory,
resources and patrimony current, relevantand respectable.
As the Department presents itsaccomplishments for the past year, wealso await the invaluable comments and
suggestions of our people. In these times,it is not just a moment to pat our own backswith rhetoric of achievements, but also, it is
the time to hear from the public on what elseis needed to fully and effectively accomplish
every initiative work for the benet of the
majority, notwithstanding the countless day-
to-day problems that we all encounter, is atough task to accomplish.
More so, in our kind of democratic
system, every leadership is not spared from
the harsh criticisms from those who refuseto see any good or potential good from theprograms being undertaken. For them, anyprograms not theirs is not good for them.Each administration faces the rigors of
balancing available resources and priorities
amidst the interconnected symbiosis of economics, politics and social issues. In
the six years given to any elected national
leadership, every day counts to institutethe reforms and programs needed to
accomplish the goal set at the beginning.
Every leadership must thread carefully in
its dealings and ensure that every cent thetaxpayer pays is worth every program thatcomes to action.
In the case of the Department of National
Defense, its own programs and initiativeswill also be assessed if they run paralleland in synch with the administration’s set
objectives.Much has been done already and yet
much is still needed to be done. Despite
the resource limitations that the Department
No Hype, Just the Facts
July is the time of the year when weaccount for the accomplishments of thepast year. It also the time to proclaim whatother things will be done for the comingyear.Under the leadership of H.E. PresidentBenigno S. Aquino, III, the “boss,” needsto be informed of the state of affairs, toknow and better understand where our humble nation will course through in thecoming months.Like among the multiple stakeholders inthe affairs of government, the Departmentis one among the many moving anddynamic components that churn thewheels of this nation.We’ve made our report and we leave itto the general public to assess whether or not much has improved since last year.One thing is for certain, there is still muchto be done. There are many things thatneeds to be resolved and institutionalizeprograms that will lead to the optimumcompliance to the mandate given tothe Department, and in the process,
sufciently and substantially perform its
duties to the general public, and to thepeople it directly serves – our soldiers andour veterans/retirees.Let our performance speak for itself as the country’s defense establishmententers into a more interesting period in itsentire history. We stand before the generalpublic and let the records show of wherewe are and where we are going.
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