Last July 25, 2011, Pres. Benigno Aquino III made his State of the Nations Address about the great improvements that had happened for the country and about his new plans for the upcoming year.
At the start of his speech, he clearly affirmed that the stopping of the abuse in the use of “Wang-Wang” is a symbol of the Philippines’ fight against unrighteous way of leading. Living in a country wherein corruption is evident is a country that will not progress. Because of this, he demonstrated the major improvements that had happened in the country during his first year in office.
One of the biggest improvements that have happened was the number of companies that participated in the exploration and strengthening of oil and gas resources. The president proudly showed the increase of interested companies this year compared to last 2006. From 35 companies, it bursted out to 140 companies. In addition, he endorsed that a new contract was signed for a power plant to be constructed which would give us a more cheaper and reliable source of energy. As a result, the availability and reliability for people to have quality energy is very much more possible. Based from what I have observed, there were less chances of brownouts during storms this year compared to the previous years. Furthermore, It is noticeable that there are some places before that do not have electricity. But today, they enjoy and maximize its incredible use.
Another improvement that was identified by his administration is their move in terms of Agricultural matters. This year, they certainly did a good job decreasing the over-importing of rice from an estimate of 1.3 million to 660,000 metric tons. Moreover, they definitely irrigated an additional 11,611 hectares of fields which lead to the 15.6 percent increase of the country’s rice production. On this occasion, we have observed that foundations and groups were able to help people in need of food donations, such as rice. In fact, their vision of ending over-importation and of planting, harvesting, and purchasing rice here in the Philippines is eventually near. He believed that the secret to attaining this is through good governance.
In relation to good governance, he addressed the life situation of an ordinary PO1 policeman living in Metro Manila years ago. According to the president, they only receive an average salary of 13,000 pesos. Considering all of the expenses and bills that they need to prioritize, it pretty much matches their salary. In order to fix this problem, Pres. Aquino made the possibility of awarding 4,000 policemen “Certificates of Entitlement to Lot Allocation”. These fortunate policemen were given a housing promise in February by the administration. Based from what I have observed, I believe that it is important that the protectors of our country should have these benefits for their loyalty not only to the country, but also to the people. Considering all the sacrifices they make, it is clear to say that being a policeman is a very serious job indeed.
In brief, we can say that during the first year of President Aquino’s term, the Philippines is evidently improving in all aspects of fulfillment to the pledge of the administration to the nation. He definitely emphasized that good governance is the secret to a brighter future in which he claims that this is what they will continue to change in our government. His philosophy and style in leading and serving the country meets the needs of our country. Little by little, he tries his best to fix every problem the country faces. If this would continue all-throughout his term, the life here in the Philippines would be well.
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Galvez, J. (July 25, 2011). State Of The Nations Address 2011 [Photograph]. Retrieved July 30, 2011. From http://www.gmanews.tv/webpics/nation/pnoy_sona2011.jpg.