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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Pres.Aquino State of the Nation Address (SONA 2012)

Courtesy of GMANetwork


  • President Aquino mentioned perks for GOCCs, PAGCOR ‘coffee scam’, and secondhand helicopters sold to PNP as brand-new.
  • Aquino cited economic achievements, including the $1 billion loan the Philippines granted to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
  • Free education - 4.57 million students who could not go to school before due to poverty are now able to study.
  • 85% of Filipinos are now Philhealth members.
  • Government expanding health services; PhilHealth extends coverage to cancer and leukemia patients.
  • More than 30,000 nurses deployed to over 36,000 barangays.
  • DOST Secretary Mario Montejo and DOH Secretary Enrique Ona lauded for the success of mosquito traps in bringing down the number of dengue cases in the country.
  • Congress urged to to pass sin tax reform bill to raise taxes on cigarettes and liquor.
  • Backlog of over 2 million chairs to be addressed by 2012; backlog of over 66,000 classrooms to be addressed by 2013.
  • The president received applause, standing ovation upon mention of responsible parenthood bill (or RH Bill).
  • State universities and colleges will get a 43.61% budget increase in 2013.
  • TESDA Secretary Joel Villanueva commended for reforms and effective implementation of technical education scholarships and other vital programs.
  • Inherited 8% unemployment rate has reduced to 6.9%.
  • During Aquino’s term, 3.1 million jobs were created.
  • Construction of Bohol airport in Panglao, Legaspi airport in Daraga, and Laguindingan airport in Misamis Oriental in 2016 mentioned.
  • LRT Line 1 Cavite Extension Project has started in June 2012.
  • NAIA-3 structural defects to be addressed.
  • SLEX-NLEX connector to be completed by 2015.
  • Better implementation of bidding process at DPWH cited; infrastructure being improved without raising taxes.
  • Target of 4.6 million tourists for 2012 set.
  • DOT’s “It’s More Fun In The Philippines” tourism campaign lauded.
  • Pres. Aquino hopes that country can export rice in 2013.
  • Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program cited.
  • 1,520 sitios have been provided with electricity within 90 days.
  • When he assumed office, 45% of policemen had no guns; 74,600 new guns to be added for the police force.
  • On the AFP modernization: Hi-tech and better quality patrol and war ships; new helicopters, radio and communication equipment, frigates, light aircraft will be acquired.
  • VTRs of housing and Conditional Cash Tranfer (CCT) beneficiaries shown during the SONA.
  • No more cash advances allowed in government agencies.
  • Voters list cleaned up; no more ghosts voters; officer-in-charge Governor Mujiv Hataman commended for reforms in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
  • DOST/PAGASA’s Project NOAH cited, disaster preparedness in the country has improved.
  • By 2013, 600 rain gauges and 422 water level sensors will beinstalled at 18 main river basins.
  • 1.5 million hectares of trees to be planted by 2016.
  • Executive Order on mining cited.
  • Illegal loggers warned: “Kayong mga isinusugal ang buhay ng kapwa Pilipino: maghanda na kayo. Tapos na ang maliligayang araw ninyo.”
  • Pres. Aquino assures government workers of provision of benefits; unveils ‘performance based incentives’ for state workers.
  • Bonus of goverment workers this year will be based on achieved targets.
  • Old-age and disability pensioners will receive at least P5,000 per month.
  • Progress will continue with fairness, consistency in governance.
  • Territorial dispute with China particularly in the West Philippine Sea mentioned.
  • Aquino said Philippines will protect and uphold its national sovereignty and territorial authority.
  • “Forgive and forget ang lahat ng atraso ng mga naglubog sa atin sa bulok na estado? Ang magpatawad, maaari; ang makalimot, hindi.”
  • PNoy also mentioned the filing of plunder charges against former-president Gloria Arroyo, the impeachment of Renato Corona as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and the search for the latter’s replacement.
  • Pres. Aquino likewise lauded Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales for fighting graft.
  • PNoy called on Congress to pass amendments to the Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA).
  • President Aquino tackled electoral reforms for the 2013 polls.
  • Aquino: Filipinos made change possible; change comes from the citizenry.
The SONA and joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives ended at 5:30 pm.


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