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POLSCI
101
POLSCI
101
State of the Nation Adress
Submitted by: Merryl Angelic C. Borja
An annual address by the President of the Philippines to the Congress of the Philippines. State of the Nation Adress
Submitted by: Merryl Angelic C. Borja
An annual address by the President of the Philippines to the Congress of the Philippines. 08
Fall
08
Fall

Colegio de San Juan de Letran
Colegio de San Juan de Letran

Vice President Jejomar Binay; Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile; Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.; Former Presidents Fidel Valdez Ramos and Joseph Ejercito Estrada; Honorable Justices of the Supreme Court; Honorable members of the diplomatic corps; Members of the House of Representatives and the Senate; Local Government Officials; Members of the Cabinet; Members of the Armed Forces and the Philippine National Police; Excellencies, Friends and to my fellow servants of the Filipino people, my beloved countrymen. This country needs heroes, not political saviors. The saviors might never come, after all, and we have been waiting for more than 400 years now for those who will lead the overhauling of this society. As what Barrack Obama have said We should believe that in a country where every race and faith and point of view can be found, we are still bound together as one people; that we share common hopes and a common creed; And I do believe in that also. I also believe that congress is the “seat of reason” and executive is the “seat of will.” As your president, we are indispensable to each other. Reason without the power of will is impotent, and will unaided by reason degenerates into brute and force. Thus it is that you and I are bound to each other and crisis strengthens this inter­dependence. And we are in crisis. And so I come to you not as a partyman, for it is my fervent hope that I shall always conduct myself as a President of all the people. Our Administration has crafted a proposed 2013 Budget that supports rapid, inclusive and sustained economic growth by increasing the share of Economic Services to 25.5 percent or P511.1 billion. The growth of this allocation—by 16.4 percent than the P439.0-billion allocation in 2012—is the highest growth among other budgetary sectors (Annex A). Budget and Management Secretary Florencio B. Abad also announced that the allocation for Capital Outlays—including subsidies for government firms that are specific to infrastructure—has been increased by a whopping 20.8 percent to P409.8 billion or 20.4 percent of the 2013 Budget. Against other expense classes, Capital Outlays are expected to grow fastest (Annex B). “Malinaw po ang Atas ng Taumbayan: igugol nang matuwid ang bawat piso upang gawing mas mayabong, matibay at patas ang lokal na ekonomiya, tungo sa paglikha ng mas maraming trabaho at iba pang oportunidad para sa kanila (The People’s Instruction is clear: spend every government peso properly to create a robust, resilient and inclusive economy that creates jobs and other opportunities for them)” “These budgetary allocations will boost investments in strategic centers of growth, such as transport and other public infrastructure; agriculture, fisheries and agrarian reform; tourism development; and business process outsourcing (BPO),” Towards the paving of all primary national roads by 2014 and all-secondary roads by 2016, the Department of public works and Highways will receive P106.5-billion for the construction and maintenance of roads and bridges. The Department of Transportation and Communication will also implement P22.1-billion worth of airport, seaport and railway development projects. The 2013 Budget supports the attainment of food self-sufficiency in rice by next year by investing a total of P15.3 billion in the banner rice, corn, fisheries and coconut programs of the Department of Agriculture; P27.3 billion for the generation, restoration or rehabilitation of irrigation systems in a total of 216,163 hectares of farm land; almost P7 billion for the...
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