Politics Watch in the Philippines - Achievements of President Noynoy Aquino for 2010-2011

June 30th, 2011 marked the first year of President Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino III as the 15th President of the Philippines.His much-anticipated first State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) or Ulat sa Bayan had been positively received by the masses.

His "Daang Matuwid" or Straight Road battle-cry in order to combat graft and corruption in government agencies made results as he reported the initial positive achievements of his administration.

Although, he inherited huge anomalies from the past administration of former president-now congresswoman, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, he didn't lose hope to uplift the present situation of ordinary Filipinos. He was able to start the following:

  1. 4 PS - Pantawid-Pangkabuhayan sa Pamilyang Pilipino being given by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to less fortunate households. Parent-beneficiaries are given P500 pesos plus three children -recipients of P300 pesos each for education stipends.
  2. Pantawid Pampasada - for public utility vehicle drivers through ATM cards with amount of P1, 500 to support them for their daily 'pasada'. This means additional stipend to buy their fuel for a certain period as oil prices increases or drops suddenly.
  3. Additional budget for the Education sector as new curriculum started. K12 is patterned from the US Educational System that has its middle school (additional 2 years) for the students to graduate.
  4. Steadfast decision over Spratly disputes.

President Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino III of the Philippines
President Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino III of the Philippines | Source

Criticisms and all

President Noynoy have spoken his reports in our Filipino language, not the usual English language where most ordinary people cannot comprehend that much.

His administration is steadfast in pursuing the liabilities left by the past administration especially the:

1. suspension of big bonuses for the directors of Philippine National Construction Corporation
2. the P3 billion-peso debt of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Corporation (PCSO)
3. The P18.3 billion-peso debt of National Food administration (NFA)
4. The P78 million-peso fertilizer fund scam where involved personages of Department of Agriculture (DA) are being grilled at the high court

As usual, the Labor groups like, the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) or May 1st Movement is not satisfied with the president's performance. But the business sector gave a nod or approval of the initial P-noy's performance.

Most of the people graded him passed although his popularity is declining.

Too many contradicting comments and opinions from people in all walks of life, but I can see a bright future with his administration.

If he can settle disputes between tenants and landlords, like their Hacienda Luisita and the like, I can now assure that development is at the doorstep for every Filipino household.

Meanwhile, his sisters or famously known as Aquino sisters (Balsy, Pinky and multi-media actress Kris) are continuing to help their brother. They were able to provide buildings and school materials for preschool in the entire archipelago.

Quick Assessment of President Noynoy Aquino c/o PhilippineNews1

Filipino-Americans still grasp the latest news and happenings about the country through live cable networks provided by the national television station in the archipelago.

Philippine News1 at their YouTube channel provided some of the criticisms made by Filipinos in all walks of life to defend the president's performance, along with his cabinet members.

Positive and negative comments can be found at various sites of famous social media (Facebook and Twitter) for better understanding regarding the true situation of politics in the country.

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thesailor 5 years ago from Seven Seas

Thanks for publishing this, travel man. At least Filipinos from all over the world will have an overview on his first-year achievements.

Thanks for sharing!


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earthbound1974 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

I'm so into this. I was a third member of COMELEC during the first automated election. He is a good man, and a bachelor, too!


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Lita C. Malicdem 5 years ago from Philippines

The average Filipinos had become paranoid as far as their clamor for good governance is the issue. And for that, they have allowed themselves to become pawns by the unscrupulous to downside all that Noynoy is trying to do and prove.

I'm for Noynoy through and through. He can be stern and firm in decision-making and can be sincerely flexible when need be. Only one year and if we, Filipinos, open our eyes and minds wide, we will see that he is sincere in his pursuit of that elusive Filipino dream. Let's travel along with our president toward the straight path rather than join the unfeeling bystanders by the roadside. Travel_man, nice job!


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@thesailor: You're welcome, sailor. As a Filipino, we must be concern about the plight of our leaders, especially Pres. Noynoy. He's true to his words that he'll fight graft and corruption during his administration. Slowly but surely, he'll get through.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@earthbound1974: Thanks for the first-hand information. President Noynoy comes from a political plan. His intentions are good but his opponents continue to ruin him. The system goes on and on.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Lita c. Malicdem; Thanks, Madam for your broad understanding on the issue.

The opposition continue their mudslinging tactics to derail President Noynoy's plan on DAANG MATUWID.

They must thank this administration because those families belonging at the marginal line of living are able to receive monetary aid from the government as well as stipend for their kids whoa re studying.


Carla Fabe 5 years ago

Can you add other more articles on this site? We had an activity in which we need to write our reflections about this. Uhm, I'm not really good at explaining, I'll just show you the format that my teacher gave. Anyway, the deadline is on Tuesday (August 25, 2011) I hope you would be able to reply before that upcoming date. Here is it;

"This coming Monday (July 25, 2011) will be the the State of the Nation Address by President Aquino. In relation to this, I want you to give me your reaction about his SONA, i know you can't witness it live but you have many resources to know what his SONA is all about.

Follow the format below for your output...

*First will be the highlights of his administration in the office for the year 2010-2011

*Second is his aims for the year 2011-2012

*Third is your reaction on his administration for the year 2010-2012 and your reaction for his aims for the year 2011-2012

The title of this activity is "the SONA 2011"

Deadline: August 2, 2011

Good luck for your first activity."

Please reply! Or please help me to have a perfect score by helping me answer those questions, thanks. Please help me! I beg you, especially the answers on the third option my reflections. Please & Thank You :)


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

I just published another installment on Politics Watch regarding P-noy's SONA. I hope you can use it as reference.

Please follow this link and thanks for your confidence in me.

http://hubpages.com/politics/Politics-Watch-2011-S...

P.S. I witnessed it live on television.


secret 4 years ago

weh?


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@secret: Please reveal yourself.


secret 4 years ago

weh?


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@secret: Why the 'short' reaction? You can elaborate it, so that, fellow readers will know your real sentiment about the present government of the Philippines.


CHRISTIAN 4 years ago

GOOD JOB PRESIDENT OUR COUNTRY IS NOW IMPROVING


michael 4 years ago

idol ko si pnoy binigyan niya ako ng 1million pesos noong ikama niya ako bakla pala si pnoty


jessai otayde 4 years ago

President Aquino is doing very well para sa kapakanan ng mamamayang pilipino. He is doing evrything para sa tao. Pero ang pag unlad ng bansa ay hindi lamang nakasalalay sa isang tao o sa iilang tao lamang. Bawat mamamayan ay may malaking responsibilidad at contribusyon sa pag unlad ng bansa., let us continue supporting President Aquino sa mga programs nya para sa mga Pilipino.


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@CHRISTIAN: Thanks for believing in our new leader, P-noy. He's really true to his promise that he'll make this country a better place to live in through his advocacy on "MATUWID na DAAN" or STRAIGHT PATH.


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@jessai otayde: You're right. P-noy and his cabinet officials will never be successful if the Filipino people will not help this government to be progressive.

Based from what I've read, the Philippine government is now able to help Spain and Italy with their debt problems by giving those two European countries a monetary loan of 500 million pesos each.

Isn't it nice to hear this new development in this administration?

With more than 800 billion pesos in the reserved account at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, truly, this administration is right on their target to have a stable economy.


Webhead 4 years ago

I think President "Noy-Noy" Aquino should focus his attention on those corrupt officials in the Government. As far as I am concerned, This is the root of all the problems of our country.


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Webhead: That's what he's doing right now. The Corona Impeachment Trial is just an example.

Thanks for dropping by.:D


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Nick Hanlon 4 years ago from Chiang Mai

Seems he's getting good reviews because he is serious about tackling corruption.Wish we had such a leader in Thailand.


Nomad 4 years ago

Atleast, Noynoy is showing that he is not favoring such corrupt religion with bad-3colors which the former corrupt-Pres favored so much.

Pnoy knows how to follow the 'Dating Daan na Matuwid na nilakaran ng kanyang mga Magulang'

We Salute you our Pres!


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Nick Hanlon: Thanks for appreciating the works of our president. Surely, the leader of Thailand is also doing his best to make your country financially stable.


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Nomad: Thank you for gracing my hub. How have you been, my friend?

Yes, you're right. P-noy is following the footsteps of his parents (Benigno Sr and Madam Pres. Cory).

His bloodline is showing goodness that is spreading slowly in the hearts of many Filipinos.


paul 4 years ago

the administration of noynoy want's to improve our country and to clean our liabilities in other country like the products.


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@paul: The political will of this administration is true to its promise. P-noy recently declared that illegal settlers be transferred to safer grounds in order to prevent massive flooding in Metro Manila.

Aside from that, his goal to lead us to 'DAANG MATUWID' is now being realized.


zaboo12 3 years ago

First 3 items you mentioned were started by PGMA. 4th item does not have any discernable advantage. It is the quality of education that needs to be improved and not the number of years in school. 5th item, steadfast decision? i do not see how that is an accomplishment. In other words, your article has shown that noynoy has not accomplished anything...zilch...nanda...zero. Anyway, thanks for trying.


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travel_man1971 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@zaboo12: FYI, you are misled or maybe you are still hurting with what happened with PGMA. She reaped what she sow, right?

Items that I presented here were based from P-noy's speech on his SONA, so why doubt him. Aside from the fact that he's a former student of PGMA, it's not also known to the public that he authored many specials powers and bills under his teacher's admin.

So, I guess you now know the 'brain' behind PGMA's success.

Hmnnnn?????

And it's not nanda, it's nada,,,nyit!!!!


zaboo12 3 years ago

Hi there, first of all, i'm not pro-GMA. I'm just surprised that you pro-noynoy folks associate criticisms with being pro-GMA. Please do not be so shallow. Noynoy authored many bills...hmmm...i wonder what they are... Are they in the Senate's records? Or did you just make this up? Please enumerate then. Thanks for being pedantic though...Catcha!!


zab0012 3 years ago

I'm waiting for the list of bills you mentioned.....or will i be waiting in vain? If you can't provide any, then that would put your credibility in question. Proof, or it did not happen, and this post will be nothing but yellow propaganda, out to mislead people. Thanks!


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travel_man1971 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@zab0012: I'm not a pro-Pnoy either. I am also surprised that you accused me of being one of his allies, when in fact, I just presented this report through his SONA.

I think you are misleading the people because of your rhetoric.

Talking about credibility, why not write your own rebuttal regarding this issue and let's see your sentiments about the tirades of the present admin.

Why not look at his Wiki-bio and there, you can start appraising P-noy's portfolio?

This post is not a propaganda per se and you know that.

By the way, did you work in a local government unit before. I happened to work as a casual employee.

I can see the struggle of our leaders, but criticism always put them in a bad light.

I'm a media man and I don't take sides. It's my duty to present whatever event that highlights our government and this hub is one of it.

If I were you, you can join Filipino writers here @ HubPages to feature the major events that occur in our country, especially in our government and the people.

You can also make a BIG change on the ordinary people's perception about our leaders.

Positivism brings more good things than being negative all the time.


zabu12 3 years ago

You started by insinuating me to be pro-PGMA. I simply responded and i deem you to be getting emotional about this, considering the fact that you entered your same response four times. I'm also surprised that you are with media considering the subjective statements you have made, like, "he didn't lose hope to uplift the present situation of ordinary Filipinos", "if he can settle disputes between tenants and landlords, like their Hacienda Luisita and the like, I can now assure that development is at the doorstep for every Filipino household". You mentioned that you were just taking excerpts from the SONA, but you failed to mention that 2/4 were initiated by the previous administration. In that regard, the article is not factual but subjective. How can a "tough stance" on the Spratly's be considered an achievement, when there is no result at hand? How can you accuse me of misleading people if i am just asking for proof? Let me educate you that wikipedia is not a good source of information because of the subjectivity of the contributors therein, that is why i am asking for official documents regarding the items you pointed out. As a journalist, you should be well aware of the importance of the integrity of the source of information. Good day!


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travel_man1971 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@zabu12: And now you're changing your moniker (huh?), insteadof zaboo12.

What's wrong with the statement I added as my personal opinion that:"he (P-noy) didn't lose hope to uplift the present situation of ordinary Filipinos."

How could I mention the past administration when I just excerpted what the president mentioned during his SONA (common sense, huh!).

Of course, there will be biases to those statements but you should believe that it is being fulfilled by the present administration.

Spratly issue is being broadcasted all over social media and trimedia as well. The term, "achievement " was mentioned because it happened in his term, right?

If you compare the SONA of PGMA and Pnoy, the former always presented virtual presentation but Pnoy delivered his speech in our language (Filipino).

How can you educate me about Wikipedia when you're not a member of the site. Are you willing to write on that site.

I will also educate you about it, it is an online encyclopedia that you can also edit, if you have fresh facts that are viable inputs that will boost the collated information about a certain subject.

So, why single me out about integrity, when in fact, you are not yet publishing yours.

Or I may say, that you have a personal grudge on this hubber, that's why you cannot put an end to a debate you just started here.

Am I right, zab0012 and now zabu12?

(Okay, keep on writing comments. It will only boost the score of this article, and I'm still earning. And THANK YOU for that. IKAW NA TALAGA!!!)


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travel_man1971 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@zabu12 (former zab0012) You like to be spoon-fed , huh?

Okay, here's the bills you've been asking for to be displayed here. Although, it's not included on the subject being tackled on this hub, it will serve as refresher to questioning minds, like you.

The source (Wikipedia feat. Benigno Aquino III).

As a member of the House of Representatives, Aquino passed numerous house bills and resolutions:

1. House Bill No. 4251, granting annual productivity incentives to all workers in the private sector.

2. House Bill No. 4397, strengthening the regulatory power of the Department of Trade and Industry to effectively enforce consumer laws.

3. House Bill No. 4252, increasing the penalties for non-compliance of the prescribed increases and adjustments in the wage rates of workers.

4. House Bill No. 3616, extending the reglementary period for the educational qualification for the Philippine National Police.

5. House Bill No. 1842, providing for the codification of criminal laws.

6. House Resolution No. 65, inquiry in aid of legislation into the policies and processes of the Energy Regulatory Commission in granting rate increases to electric utilities.

7. House Resolution No. 788, a house bill Aquino is reportedly proudest of, which created a Congressional Oversight Committee to check and study the use of intelligence funds by government agencies, thus ensuring that allocated funds are actually used for the purposes they were originally intended for.

Senate bills? Here are his achievements.

The Budget Impoundment and Control Act (SB 3121), wherein "impoundment" refers to the power of the President to refuse the release of funds appropriated by the Congress of the Philippines, is another bill Aquino is proud of;[16] he regretted, however, that such power has been used and abused by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, a result of which abuse has been the significant emasculation of Congress' ability to check the President's authority.

Another bill against corruption is Senate Bill 2035, which is the Preservation of Public Infrastructures bill, seeking to raise standards in the construction of all public infrastructures by penalizing contractors of defective infrastructures.

Aquino also pushed for the passage of the Amending the Government Procurement Act (SB 2160), which applies to all government procurement activities regardless of source of funds whether local or foreign; only treaties or international/executive agreements entered into by the government prior to its enactment shall be exempt from coverage. The bill was filed in light of the Department of Justice declaration regarding the validity of the controversial NBN-ZTE scandal, wherein its international aspect, as well as the fact that it was an executive agreement, was cited as one reason for its exemption from the procurement process stipulated in Republic Act 9184.

So, if those facts are not credible, where do we go from here.

The truth is now before your eyes, but you're not yet satisfied.

Any addendum to it?


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travel_man1971 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@zabu12: By the way , if you want the pertinent papers, you can go to the Senate or Congress hall and inquire about the bills that were authored and sponsored by P-noy, as simple as that.

I think you are familiar with the terrain of the two houses, right?

By the way, I just copied and pasted it here, because of its subjectivity.

The title of this hub is Politics Watch in the Philippines and it has no identified color in it (yellow, as you've mentioned).

I'm urging you, rant me with your article and let's see who's credible.

Start now with your hub and reveal yourself.

You don't even have a personal photo, so, I don't believe you have an integrity with what you're lambasting about.

I am using an alias but you can email me with my true name (Ireno A. Alcala, ireno_alcala1971@yahoo.com, and I'm proud of it).


zab0012 3 years ago

Thanks for the info! Here is what i got based on congress and senate records:

HBO4251- Status: Pending with the Committee on LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT since 2005-05

HBO4397- could not be found in congressional records

HBO4251-Status: Substituted by HB05506

Status: Approved by the House on 2007-01-31, transmitted to on 2007-02-06 and received by the Senate on 2007-02-06

HBO3616- could not be found in congressional records

HBO1842 (?)- AN ACT REGULATING THE CONSTRUCTION, INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE OF BILLBOARDS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

Principal Author: TEODORO, MARCELINO REYES

Main Referral: PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS

Status: Under study by the Technical Working Group(TWG) on 2011-03-02

House Resolution No. 65- not considered a law

House Resolution No. 788- not considered a law

SB3121- Legislative status: Pending in the Committee (4/13/2009)

SB2035- Legislative status: Pending in the Committee (1/30/2008)

SB2160- Legislative status: Pending in the Committee (4/22/2008)

(sources: http://www.senate.gov.ph/ and www.congress.gov.ph/)

Not so sure about 4397 or 3616 though, i probably missed out on those =) Judging from the information i got NO laws were enacted. Only bills were passed, most of which are still in limbo. As a taxpayer i demand the politicians whose salaries i pay, to enact laws that serve the country. Bills are only the first step...in that regard, Lito Lapid is probably better off. I can't demand any less from politicians, and simply tolerating mediocre performance is synonymous to tolerating mediocrity. I feel sorry that you are getting emotional, there is hope. Who knows, i just might bring up the ratings of your article and i'd be glad to do that =) . As a journalist, please do your research and do not just copy/ paste from some website. Go straight to the source of information and assess the information. That's journalism 101 for you. By the way, i was actually just searching for information on Noynoy's accomplishments (bills enacted into laws) as part of my research on socio-political alignments in the philippines, until i stumbled on your article. Have a great day!


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travel_man1971 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@zab0012: Hahaha! What a clown you are! At least you've done your research from the two government site, too.

Look who's talking with this phrases: As a journalist, please do your research and do not just copy/ paste from some website. Go straight to the source of information and assess the information. That's journalism 101 for you.

Go straight to P-noy if your literally mean that. That' journalism 102 for you.

Now, you can enjoy assessing information at/in any government agency because the FOI (Freedom on Information) Bill was enacted into law.

I'm through with journalism, you're just starting.

And my present job? You just have to research for that (huh?).

You don't even reveal your name. That's Journalism 103 for you.


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travel_man1971 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@zab0012: Your phrase: NO LAWS were enacted...how can you enact a law when it is already a LAW???

Bills (approved by both houses) are to be enacted into laws (if that's what you mean). Hahahaha! I got you there.

Better return to technical writing or English 101.

You know how Senator Lito Lapid fare in the Senate. His simplicity is admirable but as a lawmaker, you can also research with his staff.

Am I emotional? Of course, I do. And you too, huh!?

You don't just have to pry on an article (such as this) and debate its authenticity (credibility) when you don't even introduce your nature of work and identity.

I will call you coward for that because you don't have courtesy to the work of other people.

Have you read the Ethics on Journalism? Maybe not, because you're just a stumbler (not a researcher).

A researcher has all the respect with other works and will not put the person in a bad light just to gain personal accolade.


Angela 3 years ago

Good writer :D


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travel_man1971 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Angela: Thank you for appreciating my work.


hello 3 years ago

hi @travel_man1971 I see the way you reacted to bad comments are unprofessional. Get real and hello if you are really a real journalist as you said you are, you should know that these things are normal and you should have some decency to not actually show how unprofessional you are.


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travel_man1971 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@hello: Thanks for tagging me as 'unprofessional' when you're not. Who am I to argue one's sentiment when you're not even brave and decent enough to reveal your true identity.

You don't know the life of this unprofessional risking his life just to get even with local politicians who can't complete their projects in my hometown.


ok 2 years ago

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program...


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travel_man1971 2 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@ok:Thank you for recognizing his achievements.

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