Reaction Paper- Noynoy aquino SONA 2012
“Filipinos made change possible; change comes from the citizenry.” The president if not explicitly had implied this statement several times during his State of the Nation Address last July 23, 2012 and I admire him for that. He’s not lifting his own bench. Also, considering that he had been mentioning and commending several cabinet members because of the improvements in their sects.
PNoy, delivering his speech in Filipino really had brought more impact to the citizens of the country. He was understood by most and therefore was appreciated by most. Delivering a SONA really is a serious matter but I’m really wondering how PNoy managed to make it so light. I find him funny really He himself included in his speech the responses that he had anticipated. The way he stated everything was so queer but what is important perhaps is the thought that he was trying to convey. PNoy cited economic achievements, including the $1 billion loan the Philippines granted to the International Monetary Fund(IMF). The inherited 8% unemployment rate has reduced to 6.9%. During his term, 3.1 million jobs were created. The existence of BPO’s here in the Philippines and its continuous hiring of skilled Filipinos really had made a difference. Also, more than 30,000 nurses were deployed to over 36,000 barangays. The benefit of the Old-age and disability pensioners wherein they’ll receive at least P5, 000 per month was mentioned. He also said that bonus of government workers this year will be based on achieved targets. (At last!)
The free education also was laudable. Under his administration, 4.57 million students who could not go to school before due to poverty are now able to study. State universities according to PNoy and colleges will get a 43.61% budget increase in 2013. I was really laughing in this part when he mentioned about the students who were still planning to have a protest march in Mendiola and the joke of telling the teachers to give remedial classes in Math to these students after hearing and knowing this data. Yes, some may say, “past is past; globalization is rapid so we really need to have more…etc” but PNoy is right in saying that the percent change that they’ve allocated was already a big deal. SUC’s is not the only focus of the government here. There are I think 30 major sects that the president had responsibility with. Prioritizing perhaps the lower grades does not made PNoy that bad because this will always be the building ground of each of us. The construction of classrooms, adding chairs and facilities to these institutions really could help much. He had actually stated that backlog of over 2 million chairs will be addressed by 2012 and backlog of over 66,000 classrooms will be addressed by 2013. By means of the facilities and 1 book is to 1 student ratio, an effective and more interesting learning is expected including the implementation of K+12 curriculum that will bring out world class graduates. Furthermore, TESDA Secretary Joel Villanueva was applauded for reforms and effective implementation of technical education scholarships and other vital programs.
What’s more catchy on the event was when PNoy received applause and standing ovation upon mention of responsible parenthood bill (or RH Bill). I was like “So, ano na? Will you approve?” I find this really a waste of time. This issue was debated since I was in 3rd year high school perhaps? Yeah, he was not yet the president. I was however amazed with the thought of 85% Filipinos are now Philhealth members and Philhealth extends coverage to cancer and leukemia patients. PNoy’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program really helped a lot of Filipinos. Personally, I’ve known not just a few but many residents who had been a beneficiary of this. DOH Secretary Enrique Ona was praised for the success of mosquito traps in bringing down the number of dengue cases in the country.
PNoy had also mentioned about Military...