Local News: What’s the Marching Order? PNoy Urged: ‘State Roadmap’
Several lawmakers, including allies of President Benigno Aquino III, are urging him to include his short-term and long-term development roadmaps in his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) which he will deliver today.
Iloilo Rep. Jerry Treñas said, "I suggest that he should highlight his development goals. It’s very important that the people and government have one vision and one direction."
Sen. Gregorio Honasan, during his visit to Bacolod last week, said, "I’m hoping to hear from him in his SONA the national direction, his marching orders, (and) his priority in the national government so we will know what to do."
Ang Kasangga Rep. Teodorico Haresco encouraged Filipinos to listen carefully to the President’s SONA today because he is expected to reveal his programs for the remainder of his term.
For his part, Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said last week he is giving President Aquino a rating of 87, because he managed to steer the country to attaining a growth rate of 7 percent, despite the fact that economies of other nations have gone down.
Marañon said that President Aquino has many projects in Negros Occidental, like roads and bridges, and funding came easy.
Treñas added that Aquino’s core policies on transparency, good governance and accountability have restored the people’s trust in government and investors’ confidence in the economy.
Western Samar Rep. Mel Senen Sarmiento said the unflinching public support for Aquino "is a solid testament to the success of his leadership."
"This unprecedented public support for a president only shows that President Aquino is on the right track in pursuing his reform programs. Now the people are beginning to trust their government," Sarmiento said.
"When people support their leader, they are willing to give their share in the efforts to push development. They are willing to sacrifice for the general welfare because they know that government is sincere," he added.
Haresco said Aquino "has gone a long way in laying the groundwork for infrastructure development programs that promote efficiency and economy in transportation, communications, education, job generation, and enhance domestic and international trade."
"President Noy should ride on the crest of the people’s newfound trust in government to spell out his leadership’s actions and programs that would further strengthen their confidence in themselves as a people,"he added.
Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said President Aquino was committed to fulfill all his promises, including land reform and many others during the presidential campaign.*(DBDangcalan/with reports from The Philippine Star)