The 2011 State of the Nation Address Technical Report
“Tuwid na Daan”
or the Straight Path is a phrase repeatedly mentioned by President Benigno S.Aquino III to pertain to his governance direction for the country.Essential to this concept of
“Tuwid na Daan”
is the battle cry
“Kung Walang Corrupt, Walang Mahirap.”
The administration believes that corruption is the root cause of the country‘s woes,
and eliminating corruption will necessarily lead to renewed investor confidence, eventual growthand development, poverty reduction, and attainment of peace.
The straight path, however, does not only pertain to the President‘s anti
-corruption campaign. Italso encompasses a way of doing things right, where the process is participatory; the programsare holistic; growth is sustained; the peace policy is comprehensive; and development issustainable. Through the living examples of our leaders, led by the President, this re-awakenedsense of right and wrong continues to be translated to economic value.It is in this light that the accomplishments of the Aquino Administration, since the first State of the Nation Address (SONA) in July 2010, are being highlighted:
A. GOOD GOVERNANCE AND ANTI-CORRUPTION
Taking the initial step in the achievement of ―
Kung Walang Corrupt, Walang Mahirap
eradicating corruption is seen as the key approach to development, President Aquino laid thefoundations for a clean, transparent, and responsive government. Key reforms continue to beinstituted to reduce red tape, enforce anti-corruption and anti-red tape laws, and penalize thosewho violate these laws. The government is also fixing the incentive structures to recognize meritand reward good performance with the aim of ensuring the sustainability of the Aquino reformagenda. These and other initiatives are presented below:1. Institutionalizing Public Accountability1.1.
Reforming the budgeting and project identification processes
1.1.1. Government‘s prudent expenditure management was a result of the use of the Zero
-BasedBudgeting (ZBB) approach in 2010. The ZBB enables the government to identify and terminateprograms that are no longer delivering intended outcomes. The savings generated from theseterminated programs were channelled to programs that are performing well and to other priorityprograms to address critical gaps in education and health. As part of the ZBB approach, theDepartment of Budget and Management (DBM) is also gradually transferring Special PurposeFunds back to the departments for greater accountability and making the Priority DevelopmentAssistance Fund (PDAF) more transparent.