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Plus, Minus of SONA 2015

Yes, it’s the 6th State of the Nation Address (SONA 2015) of President Noynoy Aquino, and his last. As expected, the reception of the SONA depends on whose side you are.  But here is a good account of important issues that are  not being addressed yet.

As for me, here are my pluses and minuses of the SONA as a cursory bystander member of the citizenry.

PLUS

  • His loud and active program of “matuwid na daan,” eliminating corruption has made people wary of committing graft and corruption. It has set the atmosphere of transparency.
  • His litany of programs/projects he has done with his cabinet members shows that he was doing something to improve the plight of Filipinos and the economy of the country. I know for a fact, that he and the relevant agency is supportive of some programs of the private sectors.
  • He actually has good and and qualified people in his ranks, who I know are working toward the “matuwid na daan.” And from a management standpoint, recognizing these people and their work is a good and inspiring thing.

MINUS

  • His loud and active program of “matuwid na daan,” however, is partial to scalawags close to him.
  • He is not telling the real status of the programs that he has embarked on. Let us take Department of Education as  an example. Despite DEPED’s claims as being ready for K+12 program, the teachers claim otherwise. Despite DEPED’s claims to have addressed the shortage of classrooms, school officials say otherwise. Despite DEPED’s claim that the teachers are ready for the K+12 programs in terms of skills, the teachers say otherwise.
  • He claims of foreign investments but still there is no proof of foreign direct investments.
  • As expected,  he cannot acknowledgment that the previous administration despite its faults, has paved the way for some, if not most, of his successful projects to date.
  • Simply put, his administration has failed to address the basic services of the country, and he did not make heads roll for that.

And for the militant groups out there, I think you are overdoing it. In this day and age of high technology, you do not need to be in the middle of the action to prove your point. Why can’t you obey the rules and launch your rally on your designated areas??? In the process, you only earn the ire of the people.

Read the full transcript of SONA 2015 here.

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Cabinet Members of President-elect Benigno C. Aquino III Named

This was the most awaited news of the day. So here you are:

Paquito Ochoa Jr., Executive Secretary
Julia Abad, Presidential Management Staff
Edwin Lacierda, Presidential Spokesperson
Eduardo de Mesa, Presidential Legal Counsel
Sec. Alberto Romulo, retained for Foreign Affairs
Cesar Purisima, Finance
Leila de Lima, Justice
Voltaire Gazmin, National Defense
Cayetano Paderanga, NEDA
Br. Armin Luistro, Education
Florencio Abad, Budget and Management
Rep. Proceso Alcala, Agriculture
Usec. Ramon Paje, Environment and Natural Resources
Jose de Jesus, Transportation and Communication
Rosalinda Baldoz, Labor and Employment
Dr. Enrique Ona, Health
Gregory Domingo, Trade and Industry
Alberto Lim, Tourism
Corazon Soliman, Social Welfare and Development
Mario Montejo, Science and Technology
Jose Almendras, Energy
Rogelio Singson, Public Works and Highways
Virgilio delos Reyes, Agrarian Reform
Teresita Deles, Adviser on the Peace Process
Patricia Licuanan, Commission on Higher Education
Kim Henares, Bureau of Internal Revenue

Former Chief Justice Hilario Davide will lead a “Truth Commission.”
Maj. Gen. Ric David will become Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff.
Gen. Jesus Verzosa is retained as Philippine National Police chief.

Source: ABS-CBSNews.com