Tuesday, 24 July 2012

PNoy SONA 2012 highlight points for Reaction Paper

The President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III delivered his third State of the Nation Address (Philippines) to all Filipino nationwide. And for sure, some of the students need to do a Reaction Paper on the recently held SONA. He started to report at exactly 4:04 pm and ended at 5:30 pm.

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State of the Nation Address is an annual address by the President of the Philippines to the Congress of the Philippines.

Here's the highlight points on SONA 2012 listed as follows.

Pres. Aquino III. pointed out about the perks for GOCCs, PAGCOR ‘coffee scam’, and secondhand helicopters sold to PNP as brand-new.

Free education for 4.57 million students.

He cited economic achievements, including the $1 billion loan the Philippines granted to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Philhealth members as of now are 85 percent of the Filipinos.
   
PhilHealth extends coverage to cancer and leukemia patients.

Nurses deployed to over 36,000 barangays.

Congress urged to pass sin tax reform bill to raise taxes on cigarettes and liquor.

DOST and DOH lauded for the success of mosquito traps in bringing down the number of dengue cases in the country.

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.

Percentage of unemployment rate has reduced to 6.9%.

In his 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.

Cavite Extension Project for LRT Line 1 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 be installed 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.

He said, “Forgive and forget ang lahat ng atraso ng mga naglubog sa atin sa bulok na estado? Ang magpatawad, maaari; ang makalimot, hindi.”

Pres. Aquino III 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.

PNoy lauded Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales for fighting graft.

Congress urged to pass amendments to the Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA).

He talks about the electoral reforms for the 2013 polls.

Filipinos made change possible; change comes from the citizenry, according to PNoy.

I hope that with this highlights on SONA 2012 could help you in your reaction paper assignment. And please share this to your friends in Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites that you used.

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