State of the Nation Address or commonly known as SONA is the annual address of the President and delivered every 4th Monday of July at the Batasang Pambansa. It is a way of the President to inform its countrymen or the nation about the country’s economic, social, and political condition. It is also the President’s way to share his contributions or accomplishments and his plans for the growth and for the betterment of the country.
President Benigno “Noynoy” S. Aquino just delivered his fifth State of the Nation Address last July 28, 2014. It took almost two hours for the President to broadcast his speech. Charts, figures, and videos were provided to aid his accomplishments under his administration. PNoy also recognized the people who contributed so much and lend a hand to accomplish all his projects and programs.
Some of the highlighted topics in PNoy’s fifth SONA are the following:
- Upgrade in investment-grade ratings
- Benefits of DAP for the scholars of TESDA
- The Expanded Conditional Cash Transfer Program
- Poverty rate went down
- Tax collections
- Recapitalization of the Central Bank of the Philippines
- International Civil Aviation Organization
- Budget for Infrastructure
- Rehabilitation efforts
- AFP modernization
The Philippines was upgraded to investment grade status. This will give the government to borrow funds for projects and programs at a lower interest rates. Investors will be attracted in our country and with this, there will be more businesses that will open in our country. Then the countrymen will be benefited with this.
DAP has been so controversial after the Supreme Court declared some portions of it as unconstitutional. The executive department defended the DAP through its contribution for the economic growth and insisted that it was done in good faith. However, some critics said that ‘good faith’ doesn’t make the DAP correct. Some of the scholars of TESDA has been interviewed and said that the program helped them to have a work. TESDA’s Training-for-Work Scholarship Program was funded by the DAP.
Lots of poor people are complaining about their situations. They said that life has been so tough to them and the government should give more attention and help them to abscond to their uncomfortable life. But according to National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), the poverty rate of the country went down and millions of Filipinos have been lifted out of poverty.
I won’t be tackling more about the other topics discussed by PNoy in his SONA, for I know that everyone had already watched his broadcasted annual address.
Comments were spilled after PNoy’s fifth SONA. Both positive and negative feedbacks were lashed online and offline. The comments were not only focusing on the speech delivered by PNoy but also to the ones who attended the event. The netizens have different takeaways about the occasion. And I think some of their statements don’t even have anything to do with SONA per se. Some criticized the outfit of the government officials who attended the said event. I don’t think there’s a problem in showcasing their best attires or best dresses. For me, it’s just a way to show their respect to the grand event and also to the President. Do people want the government officials wear a baggy jeans in the event? A t-shirt? Short pants? Mini-skirts? Skorts? or whatever-outfit-there. Senator Binay was bashed due to her unfortunate-outfit-choice. Yeah, her outfit is somewhat like an upside-down hot air balloon. So what? Does it affect the SONA or the economy of the country? I don’t get it why people need to be mean just to grab an attention in social media or whatever. So absurd, yknow. To the netizens, just promote love instead of hating people.
Back to President Noynoy’s address. Okay, I’m not an anti nor pro-administration here. PNoy is not a magician that he can turn the lives of his countrymen to a mega-cozy-life in just a single snap. Of course, it will take time to fix everything and to correct all the flaws of the government. I can see the effort of the President for the amelioration of our country. And yes, there are positive and negative sides of its programs and projects. But we know that his only main goal or the core of his term is to help alleviate the country’s problems and to put into effect his promises to the Filipinos. “Hindi na ipapamana pa sa susunod…" This line is referring to his projects. Does this mean that his projects will be accomplished before his term ends or what? This is somewhat implies that his plans should be accomplished before he leaves the position. It makes also sense that he won’t run for the next election when he gave an advice to the Filipino voters that they should elect the right one who will continue his "tuwid na daan” legacy.
President Noynoy’s fifth State of the Nation Address became emotional when he discussed about his parents and the obligation given to him. All in all, he has delivered his message properly and cited all his contributions and his officials for the improvement of the country. He said that he’s already contented with the accomplishments of his administration. Well, I’m just hoping that his present/future projects and programs are/will be implemented accordingly. And the corrupt officials will be exposed anytime soon and face the consequences for their wrongdoings.
The thing that I won’t forget in his fifth SONA is when he said, "Hangga’t buo ang ating pananalig at tiwala, mapapatunayang “The Filipino is worth dying for, the Filipino is worth living for. Idadagdag ko naman po, the Filipino is definitely worth fighting for.” Hoping that the last line will move the Filipinos and will prove to the President that they are indeed worth fighting for. As Filipinos, we should not depend only to the President. We should also strive on our own and do our best to help improve ourselves so as our country.
P.S. I do not own the photos.