PNoy ON 2014: LIKE CRUCIAL LAST MINUTES

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III on Monday likened the coming year to the crucial last two minutes of a basketball game, and urged the public to stop wasting time and rally behind him so that he could realize his vision for the country in his remaining three years. The Philippines was entering a “righteous journey” as “a country with a shared vision,” Mr. Aquino said. “We’ve shown remarkable strength amid overlapping challenges,” he said in Filipino in a New Year’s message. Aquino once again pointed to the economic growth under his administration and attributed this to his “unrelenting efforts” against corruption. He noted that the Philippines has moved up in the Transparency International Corruption Index from 134th in 2010 to 105th in 2013. He added that the country is about to bring “ultimate justice” to those who abused the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel.

ALSO: Aquino returns to work after short holiday break / Led Rizal Day rites in Tarlac City

Aquino took a short vacation in Baguio City at his summer residence aptly named The Mansion then went to Tarlac City on December 30 to lead the rites on the martyrdom of National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal. Until Monday, the 81-year-old Rizal monument built in 1932 through a P500 donation was just one of countless statues honoring the national hero in many parks of the country. But it became extra-special on Monday when President Aquino dropped his original schedule at Baguio City’s Rizal Park to commemorate the hero’s 117th death anniversary in his home province. Aquino’s Tarlac detour deviated from the usual official rites at the Rizal Monument at Luneta Park in Manila, the Rizal Shrine in Calamba City, Laguna province, and the Rizal Shrine in Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte province. The Tarlac rites featured a short 17-minute Rizal Day program, with the President leaving as soon as he accomplished his task. He did not deliver a speech.

ALSO: Message of the President of the Philippines For the New Year, 2014

We are once again entering another year of treading the straight path. And, to use an analogy from the sport of basketball, we are also entering the last two minutes: in the remaining chapters of our term, we will not waste a single second; every meaningful contribution of every Filipino will help us to win the fight to achieve true progress. We are also moving closer to obtaining true justice, through the cases filed against those who have committed crimes through the abuse of PDAF. And we will continue to lay down mechanisms that will ensure that the money of the people will be used only for the people. READ MORE BELOW


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PNoy on 2014: Like crucial last two minutes of a basketball game

MANILA, JANUARY 6, 2013 (MANILA STANDARD) By Ronald Reyes - PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III on Monday likened the coming year to the crucial last two minutes of a basketball game, and urged the public to stop wasting time and rally behind him so that he could realize his vision for the country in his remaining three years.

The Philippines was entering a “righteous journey” as “a country with a shared vision,” Mr. Aquino said.

“We’ve shown remarkable strength amid overlapping challenges,” he said in Filipino in a New Year’s message.

Aquino once again pointed to the economic growth under his administration and attributed this to his “unrelenting efforts” against corruption.

He noted that the Philippines has moved up in the Transparency International Corruption Index from 134th in 2010 to 105th in 2013.

He added that the country is about to bring “ultimate justice” to those who abused the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel.

“We have also continued in laying the mechanism to ensure that public money will be used for public welfare alone,” Aquino said.

Through his administration’s good governance, Aquino said, the country has posted the highest growth in gross domestic product in Southeast Asia.

“For the first time, we have achieved investment grade status from three of the top credit ratings agencies in the world. Because of this, we have achieved lower interest rates for the money borrowed and more businessmen are attracted to invest in the country,” he said.

He also cited the government’s progress toward signing a final peace accord with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front to end decades of insurrection by Muslim rebels.

Aquino also credited the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority for training more than half a million Filipinos from 2010 to 2013, and said the number of them who were able to land a job rose from only 28.5 percent in 2006 to 64.4 percent in 2012.

“Like a basketball game, we know that challenges abound until the last minute while we are nearing the goal,” Aquino said.

He appealed to the public, particularly the youth, to continue supporting the government.

“We know that there are still many forms of challenges ahead that will test the strength of our country. Let us always prove to them that our ‘Bayanihan’ will prevail.”

The Palace on Monday said the country had achieved progress despite several natural and man-made disasters this year.

“It has been a year of challenges not only for the administration but also for the Filipino people—another year where our collective commitment to persevere and to stand shoulder to shoulder enabled us to overcome the trials set before us, thus making the world admire and respect us all the more,” said deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte Saturday on a government radio.

FROM THE INQUIRER

Aquino returns to work after short holiday break By Bong Lozada 5:41 pm | Friday, January 3rd, 2014

MANILA, Philippines—After taking time off from all the hustle and bustle of leading a country, President Benigno Aquino III resumed his work on the first week of 2014, the Presidential Communications Operations Office said Friday afternoon.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said the President has been attending to paperwork and has been receiving briefing notes regarding various issues.

Aquino took a short vacation in Baguio City at his summer residence aptly named The Mansion then went to Tarlac City on December 30 to lead the rites on the martyrdom of National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal.

Aquino first President to attend Rizal Day rites in Tarlac City By Jo Martinez-Clemente Inquirer Central Luzon 3:43 am | Tuesday, December 31st, 2013


VACATION OVER Fresh from a three-day vacation in Baguio City, President Aquino leads the observance of the 117th anniversary of the execution of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal in Tarlac City on Monday. MALACAÑANG PHOTO

TARLAC CITY, Philippines—Until Monday, the 81-year-old Rizal monument built in 1932 through a P500 donation was just one of countless statues honoring the national hero in many parks of the country.

But it became extra-special on Monday when President Aquino dropped his original schedule at Baguio City’s Rizal Park to commemorate the hero’s 117th death anniversary in his home province.

Aquino’s Tarlac detour deviated from the usual official rites at the Rizal Monument at Luneta Park in Manila, the Rizal Shrine in Calamba City, Laguna province, and the Rizal Shrine in Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte province.

The Tarlac rites featured a short 17-minute Rizal Day program, with the President leaving as soon as he accomplished his task. He did not deliver a speech.

First time

It was the first time a Philippine President attended the annual Rizal Day rites at the Rizal monument here, which was built using a P500 donation from resident Alejandra Castañeda and funds raised by Tarlac community leaders.

President Aquino arrived in Tarlac on Sunday from Baguio City and spent Sunday night at his family’s house in Hacienda Luisita.

He was given military honors when he arrived at the Tarlac City Plazuela and was welcomed by Tarlac Gov. Victor Yap, National Historical Commission of the Philippines chair Maria Serena Diokno, Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista and Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima.

Officials raised the flag at 7 a.m. to approximate the time Rizal was shot at Luneta, then known as Bagumbayan, in 1896.
After the ceremony, Aquino left to meet with local leaders at a coffee shop in Hacienda Luisita.

The Rizal Day rites in Baguio City proceeded despite Aquino’s absence, with Mayor Mauricio Domogan and Chief Supt. Isagani Nerez, Cordillera police director, taking over the President’s task.

The Rizal Park in Baguio, which is maintained jointly by the city government and the Knights of Rizal, also holds the Rizal Leadership Training Conference at the Teachers’ Camp every December.

FROM PRESIDENTIAL GAZETTE


President Aquino celebrates Independence Day with Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto, Apostolic Nuncio and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps., during the Vin d’Honneur, June 12, 2013. (Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Message of His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III
President of the Philippines For the New Year, 2014

We are once again entering another year of treading the straight path. And, to use an analogy from the sport of basketball, we are also entering the last two minutes: in the remaining chapters of our term, we will not waste a single second; every meaningful contribution of every Filipino will help us to win the fight to achieve true progress.

As a people united by our collective aspirations, we indeed displayed extraordinary spirit throughout this year, despite the challenges that we endured one after the other. We are proud to have achieved so much this 2013. The world continues to have confidence in our fight against corruption, which has led to the growth of our economy: in the past three years, we have jumped 29 notches in the Transparency International Corruption Index: from being the 134th position in 2010, we are now 105th this 2013.

We are also moving closer to obtaining true justice, through the cases filed against those who have committed crimes through the abuse of PDAF. And we will continue to lay down mechanisms that will ensure that the money of the people will be used only for the people.

Also because of good governance, we now have the highest recorded GDP growth in Southeast Asia, as well as one of the highest in the whole of Asia. For the first time ever, the Philippines received investment grade status from the three most renowned credit ratings agencies in the world. Because of this, there will be lower interest on our loans, and more businesses will be encouraged to invest in our country.

This was a historic year for us, also because we successfully synchronized ARMM elections to the national elections. We proved that it is indeed possible to elect leaders safely and peacefully in regions that were, for so long, wrapped in a history of fear and violence.

Just recently, we also signed the annex on power sharing of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro between the government and the MILF. Our goal is to hasten each process, so that we will have enough time to prepare for the election of the new Bangsamoro government in 2016.

It is clear: because of efficient and principled leadership—because of good governance, we are destroying the last bastions of corruption, and at the same time, creating more opportunities for our countrymen.

The good news from TESDA: through their Training for Work Scholarship Program, we have been able to graduate 576,748 students from July 2010 to November 2013. The changes we have made are truly vast: According to the data of the Department of Budget and Management, only 28.5 percent of TESDA graduates found employment from 2006 to 2008. Let us compare this to the TESDA study in 2012 that showed that a general average of 62.4 percent of their graduates were able to find employment. When it comes to the IT-BPM industry, TESDA graduates have an employment rate of 70.9 percent, while their electronics and semiconductor program has recorded an 85 percent employment rate.

Through the cooperation of DOLE, TESDA, DepEd, CHED, and the private sector, we are finding solutions to the job-skills mismatch. Therefore, it is not surprising that the unemployment rate decreased this year. Through the continued implementation of our training and apprenticeship program, vacant jobs in the market are being filled by graduates who possess the necessary knowledge and training.

But, just as it is in basketball, we will continue to face challenges up to the very last second. We know that the dregs of the old system will not disappear easily; as we move closer to our shared triumph, they grow even more desperate, and continue in their attempts to derail our agenda. We also know that there are more calamities in our future—calamities that will again try our stability as a nation. Despite all this, we are always ready to prove: even if corrupt elements try to sow disorder and mistrust, even if we are shaken by earthquakes or battered by typhoons, what will rise above all is our solidarity and strength as a nation.

You, our Bosses, continue to be our guide and our compass. Let us continue to stand and work together arm-in-arm. From the youth, who hope to contribute and do their part in shaping a better society, to our elders, who have the obligation to leave to future generations a brighter, more progressive future—the contributions of each and every one are the key to our achieving our aspirations.

Let us always stand on the side of what is right, and on the side of our countrymen. Let us always stand with justice, honesty, and accountability; and let us always make the most of every opportunity to work for the benefit of the vast majority. After all, we are the only ones who can set our limitations. Our minds remain open, and we are always ready to listen to those with meaningful ideas and proposals that can help to expand and make permanent our reforms.

Through the guidance and love of God, we are truly moving closer and closer to the bright future we aspire to. May we all have a safe, joyful, and peaceful New Year.

[Basahin ito ayon sa pagkabigkas]

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VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZUPyyNbnaY
[This is a translation of the video message released on December 30, 2013]


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