Another year. Another SONA.

It has been 3 years since President Noynoy assumed office as the President of the Philippines. It has also been 3 years since he started trying to fulfil his campaign promises and solve the nation’s problems…but has he?

In his 2013 SONA, President Pnoy has stated several statistics. These include the increase in GDP Growth from 6.8% to 7.8%, the 40 billion pesos allocated for education and social services, the 4 million beneficiaries of the 4Ps program, the 350,000 metric tons of imported rice, etc. All these show economic growth in one way or another.

However, despite the economic growth, most of the population is still below the poverty line. GDP, despite being a good measure of economic activity, only measures the output of a country. It does not show how this wealth is distributed among the people. This, in addition to the rising unemployment rate (highest in Southeast Asia) shows that while yes, the country is experiencing growth; it still comes at a price. Hopefully by this time next year, Pnoy would have made programs that deal with these issues AND cause the growth of the economy to be felt by the masses.

In addition, PNoy has had considerable progress in trying to fulfil his promise of stamping out corruption. He even publicly called out those who did poorly and praised those who did well.

Sure, corruption still exists; however it is much less rampant than in the Arroyo administration. In the long run, as more of the people’s money goes back to the people, more of the benefits can be reaped by a greater percentage of the masses.

This has only been PNoy’s 3rd year in office. Major changes and leaps in economic growth, employment rates, etc. rarely happen over the course of such a short period of time. In the case of China for example, it took decades for it to rise up from the landfill that it was under Mao Zedong to the global economic powerhouse that it is today…and even that isn’t enough to allow the benefits of change to reach certain people.

Sure, these changes that have been made are miniscule compared to what we want as a nation. However, we should remember that we voted for a president, not a miracle worker. What have been done are merely baby steps toward progress. At least, if the numbers and the claims are right, these steps are in the right direction.



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