President Aquino delivers 2013 State of Nation speech
Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III delivered his fourth State of the Nation address yesterday, taking nearly two hours to deliver the speech.
The president warned government agencies to work harder and gave especial attention to the Bureaus of Immigration and Customs and the National Irrigation Authority for underperforming. President Aquino also talked about the importance of education, improving infrastructure, especially for farmers and fishermen and reiterated his promise of inclusive growth.
The full speech in English is not yet available but will be available on our Philippines page when it is.. The press release as published on the Presidential website is as follows:
“President Aquino tells Filipinos to “seize chance to make change permanent”
July 22, 2013
“We did not achieve our current success by chance. Let us not allow this transformation to be temporary; let us seize this opportunity to make the change permanent.”
Thus said President Benigno S. Aquino III in his fourth State of the Nation Address delivered during the Joint Session of the 16th Congress at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on Monday, as he called on Filipinos to step up and join him and forge on towards the straight and righteous path.
“There are those who always ask: What will happen in 2016? What will happen when you step down? Will that be the end of good, honest governance? Will we have reached the end of the straight and righteous path?,” the President said.
“My Bosses, let us remember: where did we begin? If you have doubts now, compare them with the doubts we all carried in 2010. Were we not happy enough then just to see the darkness end? Was it not enough for us to be able to replace those in power?” he added.
“Now, we are experiencing change. Change that has sprung from the seeds of kindness, solidarity, and good will; change that was brought about by the millions of Filipinos who have, in their own ways, big and small, pitched in and transformed the country,” the President further said.
He said all Filipinos now have the capacity to hurdle any obstacle that blocks their way to progress and prosperity.
“The road ahead of us is long; and we never said it would be easy—or that we could tread this path free of challenges. But I do not doubt our capacity to overcome any obstacle. We did not achieve our current success by chance. Let us not allow this transformation to be temporary; let us seize this opportunity to make the change permanent,” the President said.
“This is our fourth SONA. When I was a congressman, the people of Tarlac were my strength. When I became a senator and until now, in my Presidency, the people of our country have been there. Philippines, you are my strength. As we continue doing our part—and as we continue placing faith in our fellowmen and in God—I tell you: It will still be you who will make certain that what we have begun here will continue; you will be the ones who will make sure that we will completely eradicate corruption; you will be the ones who will make sure that we will never again stray from the straight and righteous path,” he said.
“Once, I was told: ‘Noynoy, just begin the change.’ So we did, and we can all see how far we have come. Now, my countrymen, let us continue to stand arm-in-arm. Together, let us foster, accelerate, and expand the transformation of society. I am Noynoy Aquino, and I proudly say to the world: I am a Filipino. How wonderful it is to be a Filipino in these times,” he said further.”