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PNoy’s 4th SONA focuses on Economy and Education

The State of the Nation 2013 was held at the Batasang Pambansa last July 22, 2013.

The State of the Nation 2013 was held at the Batasang Pambansa last July 22, 2013. (Photo courtesy of: http://www.randelltiongson.com/reflections-on-the-sona-2013/)

President Benigno Aquino III welcomed his “bosses” on the opening of the 16th congress with his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA).

The SONA 2013 focused on the role of education in the Philippines’ economic growth. His excellency compared these opportunities to a seed which must be watered with diligence, nourished with determination, and cultivated with dedication.

The President cited statistics to validate his stand on the function of Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) to alleviate unemployment.

“Let us take a look at our TESDA-DOLE scholars. Of the 503,521 people who have graduated from their programs, an estimated six out of ten have found jobs,” the President reiterated.

According to Department of Budget and Management (DBM), the employment rate of the graduates of TESDA soared by 42.4 percent.

BBC News reported that the growth of the economy in the Philippines is evident in the start of the year, especially on how it outgrew Asia’s Sleeping Giant.

President Benigno Simeon Aquino III delivers his 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA) on the opening of the 16th Congress at the Batasang Pambansa, Monday July 22, 2013. In the photo are Senate President Franklin Drilon and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. (Photo courtesy by: http://ph.news.yahoo.com).

President Benigno Simeon Aquino III delivers his 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA) on the opening of the 16th Congress at the Batasang Pambansa, Monday July 22, 2013. In the photo are Senate President Franklin Drilon and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. (Photo courtesy by: http://ph.news.yahoo.com).

“You are the ones who will shape this growth, you are the ones who will determine whether the fruits of our labors become sweet and ripe for the picking, or if you will let them rot away and waste the chances that this new chapter in our history has given us,” PNoy continued.

Aquino also amplified accomplishments on raising the quality of education in the Philippines, boasting the current developments in the Department of Education (DepEd).

He also commended DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro by highlighting the elimination of backlogs in books and classrooms believing that this would be a good start, especially now that they’re preparing to implement the K to 12 program.

With these improvements in both the economic and educational sectors the President continues to believe that the problems that plagued both sectors, and the country itself, may not be solved in a blink of an eye but if you just begin, change–improvement will be cultivated.

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