March 24, 2023

Reaction to the President’s SONA

The first State of the Nation Address of President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. dealt on a development agenda to enhance agricultural productivity, educational system, health care, employment destinations, economic opportunities, tourism industry, tax reforms, land use, infrastructure development, water and energy supply, calamity resilience, rightsizing of government bureaucracy, digital governance, and security measures.

But there was no mention on actions to be taken in averting graft and corruption, criminality, illegal drug abuse, insurgency, and human rights violations that maim our society.

The Philippines is wealthy in manpower and natural resources that have to be optimally used to spur sustainable development and be globally acclaimed.

Progress can be achieved when there is discipline among Filipinos in obeying rules and regulations, dedication in the performance of duties and responsibilities, respect to authorities, wholesome values, positive attitude, loyalty to country, unified efforts in community development, and above all, adherence to the Divine orders. — PERCIVAL B. ALIPIT, Baguio City

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