We are pleased to provide the salient points or the highlights of the 2012 SONA speech of President Benigno Aquino III delivered at the Batasang Pambansa on July 23, 2012.
These were supplied online by reliable and credible sources; netizens in social networking sites Facebook and Twitter, websites, blogs, and other online fora; but majority of the inputs come from this author.
President Aquino started to deliver his report to the nation at 4:04 pm.
Highlights and salient points of the SONA:
* President Aquino mentioned perks for GOCCs, PAGCOR ‘coffee scam’, and secondhand helicopters sold to PNP as brand-new. * Aquino cited economic achievements, including the $1 billion loan the Philippines granted to the International
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* LRT Line 1 Cavite Extension Project 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 beinstalled at 18 main river basins. * 1.5