“Pilipinas, kayo ang aking lakas.”
Three years after he first took the Presidential seat in the year 2010, President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III has been continuing his journey in transforming the Philippines into a more productive and wealthier nation. On his recent State of the Nation Address (SONA), he shared his accomplishments and burdens to the Filipino community.
One thing remarkable about his SONA is the way he appreciates and reprimands people in their jobs. It is good to know that he is aware of what is happening around him and finds it a need to express gratitude to those who have done well in their service. To thank these people in public is to tell the Filipinos that what they do good for the Filipinos and country, even the simplest things, will never be taken for granted. When he mentioned three government agencies and expressed towards them his disappointment, I know that he has taken a brave step to shake off the strongholds of corruption.
The developments for the past year – the implementation of the Sintax Law and the K to 12 program have been products of his efforts to bring the country to a change. His projects of relocating illegal settlers, distributing portions of the Hacienda Luisita land to the farmers, and providing jobs for the unemployed are just the beginning of what lies ahead of us. Though he chose not to address the most talked about issues like the FOI bill and the RH law, I am hoping that he will deal with them in the right time.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller. Truly, it is our responsibility to take part in doing what is good and what is right for our country. One man cannot do everything. It will always be a joint effort. Someone may step up and lead, but he cannot be his only follower. We, as Filipinos should learn how to share each other’s rewards and carry another’s burden. The road to change may not be smooth and straight, but as we continue walking together, the end will not be as far as it seems.