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SONA 2013: Philippines on midterm growth

On the 22nd day of July, President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III will once again face the nation to deliver The State of the Nation Address (SONA).

The President Benigno "Noy-noy" Aquino III will be having his third SONA on Monday, July 22, 2013. (Photo courtesy of: http://iexploreqatar.info/)

The President Benigno “Noy-noy” Aquino III will be having his third SONA on Monday, July 22, 2013. (Photo courtesy of: http://iexploreqatar.info/)

Looking back at his campaign last 2010 Presidential Elections and last year’s SONA, Aquino focused his campaigns on the concept of “Daang Matuwid”.

The question is, was he able to live up to his banner?

Aquino’s supporters will definitely applaud, pointing out only the positive outcomes of his term. While the opposition will flood out disapproval or mortification saying that “Daang Matuwid” is nothing but a dead end.

It is expected that PNoy will try his best to convince the mass that the country is on its best situation.

The Philippines is currently deemed as the “Rising Tiger of Asia” in terms of having a developing economy after defeating the 6.8 percent annual growth rate. However, it is said to be only felt by the upper class, leaving those who are below the poverty line.

Informal settlers around Manila. Not part of the economic growth that the Philippines is now attaining. (Photo courtesy of: http://definitelyfilipino.com/)

Informal settlers around Manila. Not part of the economic growth that the Philippines is now attaining. (Photo courtesy of: http://definitelyfilipino.com/)

There were certain allegations saying that the country is under a pseudo economic development because the Philippines is not exactly developing.

The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) may have bloomed to 7.8% because of the remittances we receive from The Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). The economy may seem to be improving. But the truth is we are merely relying on what OFWs are earning.

The bigger problem is that they are only contractual workers. Their contract could expire any time and when they return to the Philippines, there will no longer be jobs available for them. This is the cause of the bothering increase of unemployment from 7.3% in 2010 to 7.5% this year.

The Philippines, currently, is an export-oriented and import-dependent country. The country doesn’t have its own processed product which causes the instability of the country’s economy.

The nation is hoping for PNoy to elaborate both his achievements and shortcomings.

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda also added that the Presidential Mangagement Staff (PMS) is now gathering information regarding those departments or agencies that are worthy of a commendation.

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