Today, President Marcos Jr. is set to deliver his State of the Nation Address (SONA) at Batasang Pambansa, in Quezon city, this 4pm.
Since 1986, the Philippine president has been delivering the annual State of the Nation Address (SONA) every fourth Monday of July, as mandated by the Constitution.
The main speech, however, is only a part of a full-day ceremony that is part of the tradition of Philippine politics.
This will be Marcos’ second SONA in his six-year term in office. The president is expected to bear his accomplishments in the past year and his priorities in the near future.
Marcos, meanwhile, described his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) that will be delivered today as “very simple.”
The president will then cover the significant progress his administration has achieved in this first year of office.
During the nationwide launch of the Kadiwa ng Pangulo program, Marcos disclosed that he has yet to finish his writing speech.
“It’s really very simple. It’s just a performance report for Filipinos to see – on the many pronouncements, on the many words we said, if these were really significant or mere lip service,” he said partly in Filipino.?“That’s what I want to explain to the people: that we have made significant progress. We can see the difference now, not only in terms of how the systems work, how the government works; it is also how we are seen or judged in the international community. That’s equally important,” he added.
In addition, the Chief Executive also revealed that he will be presenting projects that are currently ongoing and other planned projects.
The Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council, which Marcos chairs, on July 5 approved 20 measures to be prioritized and passed within the year. Among these measures are the proposed amendments to the Build-Operate-Transfer Law or the Public-Private Partnership Act, National Disease Prevention Management Authority, Internet Transactions Act/E-Commerce Law, Health Emergency Auxiliary Reinforcement Team or HEART Act (formerly Medical Reserve Corps), Virology Institute of the Philippines, Mandatory Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and National Service Training Program, Revitalizing the Salt Industry, Valuation Reform, E-Government/E-Governance and Ease of Paying Taxes.
Also targeted to be passed later this year are the proposed National Government Rightsizing Program, Unified System of Separation/Retirement and Pension of Military and Uniformed Personnel, Local Government Unit Income Classification, Waste-to-Energy Act, New Philippine Passport Act, Magna Carta for Filipino Seafarers, National Employment Action Plan, amendments to the Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas-endorsed Bank Deposit Secrecy and Anti-Financial Account Scamming Act.
Furthermore, SONA invitations for the VIPs have been sent, and about 90 percent will be attending.
Meanwhile, Malacañang suspended work in government offices and classes in all levels in Metro Manila Marcos’ due to typhoon ‘Egay’ and to alleviate the effects of the scheduled transport strike.
In addition, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte announced that classes in Quezon City are suspended on July 24 to give way to the second State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Ferdinand Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
Marcos delivered his first State of the Nation Address on July 25, 2022, and emphasized his focus on the economy, food crisis, farm-to-market roads, moratorium on land amortization, agrarian reform beneficiaries’ loans, tourism, calamity response, violence vs women and children, health (COVID-19 pandemic), more health centers and hospital, cheap medicines, full face-to-face classes, K to 12.
Moreover, he also covered digitalization, infrastructure, public-private partnership, rail transport system, cheap and reliable energy, nuclear power plants, renewable energy, disaster resiliency, fresh water supply, OFWs welfare, foreign policy, legislation, and sound, which Marcos appealed to Filipinos to “endure”, stressing the government has “assembled the best Filipino minds to help navigate us through this time of global crisis that we are now facing.” – WhatALife!/Val