Pnoy Sona 2012 Highlights, Reaction Paper Points

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PNoy hinted on the Martial Law, in which he said he became a victim of the abuse of power. He said the democracy was reclaimed peacefully and we brought light to a dark chapter in our history. He bashed the North Rail contract, which induced higher cost but came with fewer public benefits. GOCCs handed out unwarranted bonuses. Billions were wasted by PAGCOR due to the "coffee scam." The PNP involved ignoring the need to arm the remaining 45 percent of police force to collect kickbacks on rundown helicopters purchased at brand-new prices. He said his administration was left with a long list of obligations to fulfill: A backlog of 66,800 classrooms (P53.44 billion), a backlog of 2,573,212 classroom chairs (P2.31 billion). He said nothing is impossible to a united Filipino nation.

Roads are now straight level and properly paved. Relief goods became ready before storms come. Rescue services are always standby. There are no more sirens (wang-wang) from government officials. He said the government that once abused its power is finally using that power for their benefit. Noynoy said he reforms were established as we cut wasteful spending. Offenders were held accountable for their actions. The Philippines showed the world for new business opportunities under his management. The GDP (gross domestic product) grew by 6.4 percent in the first quarter of 2012, much higher than projected. It was the highest growth in the Southeast Asian region. The Philippines is now the creditor, and no more the debtor. Noynoy said investors are flocking to the Philippines.

Business organizations of the world said "The Philippines is no longer a joke" and that it may become as "Asia's Next Tiger." There were 3 million household-beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilya program. The target it 3.8 million next year. Based on data from the DSWD: 1,672,977 mothers now get regular checkups; 1,672,814 children have been vaccinated against diarrhea, polio, measles, and various other diseases; 4.57 million students no longer need to miss school because of poverty. On PNoy's first term of office, only 62 percent of Filipinos were enrolled in PhilHealth. Now, 85 percent of Filipinos are members. 23.31 million more Filipinos have access to PhilHealth’s array of benefits and services. 5.2 million poorest households identified by our National Household Targeting System will now fully benefit from PhilHealth’s programs, free of charge. To date, 30,801 nurses and midwives have been deployed under the RNHeals Program. Over 11,000 Community Health Teams tasked to strengthen the links between doctors and nurses, and the communities they serve. Health professionals were deployed to 1,021 localities covered by the Pantawid Pamilya, and to the 609 poorest cities and municipalities, as identified by the National Anti-Poverty Commission. The government want a true, universal, and holistic health care. Each household was eyed for increased consciousness, routine inoculation, and regular checkups necessary to keep sickness at bay. Dengue cases in the country decreased number. DOH Secretary Enrique "Ike" Ona and DOST Secretary Mario Montejo were lauded. PNoy urged for the passing of the Sin Tax Bill, a bill which makes vice more expensive while at the same time raising more money for health. Before the next year ends, the government will have built the 66,800 classrooms. One-to-one ratio of books to students will be achieved this year. A 43.61 percent increase in budget was proposed for state colleges and universities. The DepEd budget proposal for 2013 is 292.7 billion pesos.

PNoy said there were those who belittled the government's performance. TESDA trained 434,676 individuals under the Training for Work Scholarship Program. Each of the 5,240 certified Specialistas are earning 562 pesos a day, or 11,240 pesos a month, which PNoy said higher than the minimum wage. He lauded TESDA chief Joel Villanueva. The jobs produced within the past two years total almost 3.1 million. In...
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