What people expect from PBBM’s SONA

What people expect from PBBM’s SONA

President Bongbong Marcos

Many, in this country of 111 million people belonging to different cultures and persuasions as well as speaking different tongues, are eager to hear President Ferdinand Marcos’ economic agenda for the next six years in his first of six State of the Nation Address today.

Not only the ordinary man in the street. Even legislators are waiting with bated breath as they anticipate what the 64-year-old 17th President Marcos will say before members of both houses of Congress say later today.

For instance, Senator Juan Edgardo Angara is interested in knowing the specifics of the plan of the President to work hand-in-hand with the private sector as partners, saying many were pleased with his inaugural speech on June 30 when he said he wants to see the government partnering with the private sector.

Just like other Filipinos, from up north in Batanes to down south in Tawi Tawi, Angara said he wants to listen to the plans of Marcos for the recovery of the economy and addressing the various concerns of the different sectors affected by the pandemic.

The President has the goodwill and support of nearly 32 million people who chose him, in what some have called the real People Power during the May 9, 2022, national elections, to be their leader for the next six years.

Political analysts say the son of the man, skyjacked from political power on Feb 25, 1986, following the snap elections earlier that month, will be delivering his SONA before a nation facing giant challenges.

Given that backdrop, Senator Grace Poe is expecting the President will focus on the country’s agricultural production to support local farmers and fisherfolk, saying it is crucial as they bring food to the table and provide the backbone toward food security.

“Hunger punishes the children most. Its effects are irreversible. We hope that government feeding programs in schools and communities will be beefed up and expanded to cover all intended beneficiaries without fail,” Poe said.

Providing economic opportunities, she added, should be at the core of the comprehensive infrastructure plan marked by crucial and high-impact projects that are thoroughly planned and carried out without delay and wastage.

“Efficient implementation of projects will propel economic activities and allow our people to thrive in these hard times,” Poe added.

For his part, Senator Francis Tolentino wants to hear those concerning agriculture – interesting since the President will be the concurrent secretary of agriculture – as well as the plan to rightsize the government, foreign policy, the coronavirus disease 2019 response, and most importantly, the economy.

Tolentino is wondering what fiscal policies should be created by the finance cluster to mitigate the effects of the current inflation confronting the country.

Headline inflation, according to experts, say headline inflation – a measure of the total inflation within an economy, including commodities like food and energy prices which tend to be much more volatile and prone to inflationary spikes – has increased to 6.1 percent year-on-year in June from 5.4 percent in the previous month.

The President has invited his countrymen to listen to his first SONA where he will discuss his major policies and priorities as the country’s leader, 36 years after his father was ousted from political authority in 1986.

“Join me and listen to me as I talk about the state of our country and our plans and aspirations as a nation in the succeeding years,” Marcos in his Facebook post in the run-up to the July 25 SONA.

We will join him. And we will listen to how he will address the challenges confronting this nation and how his administration will carry out the programs needed to uplift the lives of the Filipinos, the subject of his call for unity during the 90-day political campaign. (ai/mtvn)

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