My 2 cents on PNoy’s SONA

Posted: July 27, 2010 in government, mission, quotes
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A lot has been revealed in the first State of the Nation Address of the fifteenth president of the Philippines, Pres. Benigno Aquino III.  Corruptions, allegedly (but hopefully, all these would be proven soon and the culprits made to pay and put to jail) happened in a lot of agencies of the government.  Highlighted were the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewarage System whose members of the board allegedly received millions of pesos in bonuses while retired employees were made to wait for their benefits, the National Food authority who allegedly imported more rice than needed, the Department of Public Works and Highways and the National Power Corporation.

Part of the SONA also mentioned the fact that only 1% of the national budget is left for each of the remaining months of the year!  It makes my blood boil.  Even calamity funds were misused.  Goodness!  No wonder we are in such debt and in such state!

But the SONA was not only about exposure of the alleged wrong doings of the past administration.  PNoy made it clear that his FIRST STEP is to end corruption so the country can finally move on and help itself out of the pit the previous administration has created.  To quote:

Ang malinaw po sa ngayon: ang anumang pagbabago ay magmumula sa pagsiguro natin na magwawakas na ang pagiging maluho at pagwawaldas.

Kaya nga po mula ngayon: ititigil na natin ang paglulustay sa salapi ng bayan. Tatanggalin natin ang mga proyektong mali.

Translation (source):

This is what is clear to me now: change can only come from our determination to stamp out this extravagance and profligacy.
That is why starting now: we will stop the wasteful use of government funds. We will eradicate projects that are wrong.

A lot of critics have been concerned about the things left out of PNoy’s SONA yesterday.  I am not worried at all. With the numerous problems left by the past administration, PNoy really has to set priorities. He cannot address all the problems at the same time. If we really want his administration to accomplish something, let’s just cooperate and let them do what needs to be done. Our problems can’t all be solved in one sweep, by one person, in such a short time.

I agree with the priorities of PNoy.  First, as mentioned is to end corruption.  Just like with a pail of water that has a leak, the first thing to do is to find the leak and do something about it.   But because of the leak, there’s very little water left in the pail.  We can do 2 things to remedy this: 1) find a way to collect the leaked water back into the pail and 2) find other sources of water so we can fill the pail.  Fixing the leak = ending corruption.  That way, the remaining funds may be used for worthwhile programs. Collecting leaked water = making the corrupt pay.  But this may take a long while (crossing my fingers that it won’t) so PNoy has to simultaneously find other sources of funds for all the programs an projects needed for rehabilitation and improvement.

But there’s truth to some of the critics’ comments.  The SONA seems to establish the fact that the Philippines is at the bottom of the pit and that anything that PNoy’s administration does is an improvement (which is actually the truth).  Yes, that may seem so but it also awakens hope in a lot of us; inspires each one to continue dreaming; and hopefully it stirs everyone into action towards the ‘daang matuwid.’

So, instead of being negative, why don’t we just support the administration.  If we don’t agree with their plans or strategies, say so but don’t just comment left and right.  Be constructive.  Suggest alternatives. It wouldn’t do anyone any good to hurl insults.  Let’s be positive people.  And the most important, let’s do our part.

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Comments
  1. kath says:

    what you had post is very true 🙂

  2. ricscute says:

    correct ka dyan!

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