“Parang kailan lang nang sabay-sabay tayong nagpasyang tahakin ang tuwid na daan.
” This was one of President Benigno “PNoy” Aquino III’s opening statements during his third State of the Nation Address (SONA). This statement embodies all his promises to the Filipino people, who he calls his bosses – promises like to part from corruption, poverty, unemployment, faulty systems and so on. His assumption to the Office of the President sparked a hope for all Filipinos to root for – a hope for a change, a hope for a better nation. Now that we have entered the third year of his administration, we listen to his news about the state of our country. He started his speech by mentioning his experience during the Martial Law, an experience which led to forming his principles and goals to fight for the ill-treated, to fight the abuser and to correct what is wrong. In line with this, he started comparing and contrasting states and conditions before and during his administration. These included excessive bonuses in some GOCCs, the coffee scam in PAGCOR, backlogs in classrooms, chairs, and books, PhilHealth membership, modernization of the Armed Forces and the lack of budget to answer for all these. What did he do to answer these problems? What solutions did he initiate? Did something really change? Were the lives of the Filipino people improved? Let’s try to answer that by looking at the content of his SONA. President Aquino first bragged that changes for the better have now become common. And one thing that first caught my attention was when he said that the Philippines is now open for business under new management. What was formerly known as the Sick Man of Asia is now robust and active. Moreover he reported that for the first quarter of 2012, Philippines had the highest GDP growth of 6.4% in Southeast Asia and second to China in whole of Asia. This is actually good news for everyone because this means that the Philippine economy is growing. This may imply more output, more employment, and the like. PNoy even cited some prominent
800 nurses and midwives are now deployed to over 36. Economic development is not only characterized by mere increase in GDP but a sustained economic growth with improvements in the economic welfare. not with all the obsolete and dysfunctional medical facilities and equipment. PNoy also highlighted their efforts and achievements in relation to Health and Education sectors of the country. if we look at our current situation. The government still needs to give more
. what do we see? There still are people who cannot access free medication. PNoy pointed out their efforts to eliminate the shortage in classrooms.000 barangays in the country. the so-called brand new machines already need repair. Authorities say they buy brand new equipment when in fact such are secondhand and after a few days of use. This means that Majority of Filipinos now have access to free health services. A proposed increase budget for State Colleges and Universities was also reported by PNoy. He stated that 85% of the Filipinos are now members of PhilHealth and more than 30. The government’s attention to health and education is also beneficial for the country as this is for economic welfare. there is still apparent shortage in classrooms and teaching materials. not only in terms of financial figures. Even the number of teachers is not sufficient. chairs and books for education which they plan to achieve before the Aquino Administration is terminated.” But the Filipino people in general are yet to feel this growth in the economy because what is more felt is the grip of poverty in many Filipinos. These are things are the apparent and easily seen evidence that we still cannot feel what changes has been brought. Also.personalities and institutions saying that the Philippines could possibly be “Asia’s Next Tiger. that is. Similarly in the education sector. and that already includes even incompetent teachers. However. Some teachers lack proper training and experience and many children still cannot afford going to school.
must also give our president the chance to prove himself. Studies suggest that before any country becomes industrialized it must first able to develop and utilize its agriculture. However. That is why we.attention to these sectors because these sectors can contribute a lot to the economic development of our country. only manifested in figures and not in the actual or physical sense. who advocates change.1 million jobs) and the decrease in the unemployment rate (now only 6. I understand that being a leader is not an easy thing. too. to promote sufficiency and so on. a country will change. There is also the construction of new and adequate infrastructure which generates jobs and employment. reduction of crime rate and improvisation of our national security. such developments are. to haul the people form poverty.”
. But it is also worth noting and PNoy also deserves appreciation for his struggle and determination to change the government for the better. we must also do our part to support him as our leader. There will be no rallies and no protests if only the people experience the benefit of a growing economy. right now. He. A quote from the anime One Piece goes.5 million increase in tourists. In line with this. And to top it all is the flourishing of our Agriculture. That is why the Aquino administration must also give attention to agriculture. people of the Philippines. “When the leader changes. is already doing his job to shoulder the problem of the whole country. As an agricultural country we really have to focus more on our agriculture. The things mentioned greatly contribute to the economic development of the Philippines. energizing many barangays without electricity. We also have a 1. There are the increase in employment (3.9%). Many other things have been said regarding development in our nation. to eliminate corruption. Now. the Aquino Administration must exert more effort in bringing these developments to the senses of the Filipino people.
University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College Tacloban City
State of the Nation Address 2012 A Reaction Paper
Submitted to Dr. Cular
By Marc Joseph T. Loyola
On July 26. 2012
. Anita G.