These are the things President Bongbong Marcos tackled at SONA 2023. Here are some of the highlights.
President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. delivered his speech at SONA 2023 and here are some of the things he has tackled.
The second State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has been delivered at the Batasang Pambansa complex, on July 24, 2023, commencing at 4 p.m.
The 17th president of the Philippines tackled a lot of things in his SONA. He talked about matters such as economy and business, agriculture, social issues, and among others.
Here are some of the pressing matters the president included in his speech:
- On economy
- He noted the 7.6% growth in 2022 which is accordingly the highest in 46 years.
- He believes, “Our road network plans must link not only our 3 major islands, but all prospective sites of economic development.”
- As for the Maharlika Fund, he assured the people that this will be free from political interference.
- On tourism, he shared that the country has already reached 62% of the 4.8-million target of international visitors for this year. He’s eyeing the PH to become an ‘investment destination’.
- On economy and agriculture
- To boost local agricultural production, “consolidation, modernization, mechanization, and improvement of value chains” is needed.
- He also mentioned the New Agrarian Emancipation Act and the passing of the Department of Water Resource Management is still in process.
- On social issues
- For the shortage of classrooms, he assured that this is already being addressed. The institutions are being worked on to become steady for hybrid and high-tech learning and rooms to be climate-ready and disaster-proof.
- BBM’s educational agenda: “We will not let a student’s financial constraints be a hindrance to his or her education. We have activated social safety nets, such as skills development training and youth employment programs. Deserving and talented students without the financial capacity to attend school, will not be left behind in this education agenda.”
- For PH seafarers, the problems regarding the European Union’s standard training have finally been resolved.
- He promised to give back to the sacrifices of health workers, public and private, during the pandemic by giving them a COVID health emergency allowance.
- As for the OFW deployment to Saudi Arabia, the issue has been resolved and 70,000 OFWs have already been deployed for employment.
- Marcos on the Bangsamoro transition noted that “former adversaries are now partners in peace”.
According to his speech, he discussed other issues such as the military pension, foreign policy, amnesty to rebel returnees, health care, Food Stamp Program, learning recovery in schools, smugglers and hoarders, Kadiwa, housing, internet in the country, and many others.
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