65 important things mentioned in Aquino's fourth SONA
Jovan Cerda (The Philippine Star) - July 22, 2013 - 8:35pm

President Benigno Aquino III mentioned at least 65 things in his fourth and longest State of the Nation Address so far, which lasted for 1 hour and 44 minutes.

1. Electrification of 8,581 sitios

2. Housing for 28,398 families which are formerly informal settlers

3. Promise of at least P40 billion yearly budget on social services

4. Out of 503,521 graduates of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and Department of Labor and Employment, six out of 10 have found jobs 

5. The expansion of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program from 700,000 household beneficiaries in 2010 to 4 million in 2013

6.The inclusion of poor families with children up to 18 years old to the conditional cash transfer program

7. Price of textbooks in public schools have been cut from P58 to P30

8. Rice imports have been reduced from 2 million metric tons in 2010 to 350,000 metric tons in 2013

9. The agriculture sector grew by 3.3 percent in the fist quarter of 2013, higher than the 1.1 percent recorded in the first half of 2012

10. The promotion of intercropping among coconut farmers to increase their earnings from P20,000 a year to a maximum of P172,400 a year; an additional of 434 intercropping sites to 90 existing locations in the country

11. The creation of a cold storage facility for fishermen in Bataraza, Palawan in addition to the construction of new roads, bridges and infrastructure for the fisherfolk

12. The turnover of Hacienda Luisita to farmer beneficiaries starting April this year; the development of a speedy distribution system for large tracts of land through the Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Land Registration Authority and Land Bank of the Philippines; fixing of the problematic land records system

13. The achievement of an expanded PhilHeath coverage from 62 percent in 2010 to 81 percent; the expansion of the benefit package to cater to patients in need of coronary bypass and corrective surgery for holes and defective blood vessels in the heart

14. Allotment of P33 billion for the improvement and modernization of 4,518 hospitals, rural health units and barangay health stations

15. Completion of the multihazard mapping of the 28 most vulnerable locations in the country

16. Installation of 525 automated water level monitoring stations and automated rain gauges in 18 major river basins throughout the country and modernization of weather detection technology

17. Preparation to relocate informal settlers along waterways through a legal team led by Justice Secretary Leila De Lima

18. A P6.2-billion flood control plan for Metro Manila, including the creation of a 3.3-kilometer Blumentritt Interceptor Catchment area

19. The creation of 9,377 houses for victims of typhoon Sendong with additional 4,374 to be created by the end of 2014

20. The plan to turn over 53,106 homes to victims of typhoon Pablo

21. Building of 26,050 homes out of 31,200 houses for soldiers

22. Increase in pension for personnel of the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines

23. Amendment of the Social Security System pension scheme to increase contributions by 0.6 percent

24. Hiring civilian personnel for the PNP to bring 30,000 policemen back to police work

25. Distribution of 74,879 units of 9 millimeter Glock 17 pistols to policemen

26. 63-percent reduction in the number of private armed groups

27. Election-related violence dropping to 77 cases in 2013 from 189 in 2010

28. Peaceful elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

29. Investigation in the killing of Ozamiz Gang members Ricky Cadavero and Wilfredo Panogalinga and the Atimonan shooting incident

30. Citation of PO3 Edlyn Arbo and PO2 Dondon Sultan for exemplary service in the PNP

31. The signing of the wealth-sharing annex of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro

32. Asking the Congress to pass the Bangsamoro basic Law by the end of 2014

33. The need to eradicate useless government projects such as the allotment of P5 billion for the Telepono sa Barangay project and the procurement of eight combat helicopters with questionable design

34. The plan to remove informal settlers in Metro Manila

35. Passage of the Sin Tax Reform Law and the Responsible Parenthood Law

36. Enumeration of priority bills that include the Cabotage Law, Fiscal Incentives Rationalization Bill, Land Administration Reform Bill, P2.268-trillion National Budget for 2014

37. Building a minimum credible defense posture while balancing the needs of society

38. Increasing the fares of the Light Rail Transit and the Metro Rail Transit so the government subsidy can be reallocated to social services

39. Completion of the Ternate-Nasugbu Road connecting Cavite, Batangas and Metro Manila which took 20 years to finish, Aluling Bridge in Ilocos Sur which started in 1978 but finished last March

40. Completion of the Laguindingan airport in Cagayan de Oro

41. Inauguration of the Advanced Device and Materials Testing Laboratory for the semiconductor industry which contributed 44 percent to 2012 exports

42. Implementation of the  Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project II in Iloilo, expected to benefit 24,000 farmers

43. Upgrading and modernization of the Tacloban Airport, the Bicol International Airport, the New Bohol Airport, the Mactan Airport and the Puerto Princesa Airport

45. Creation of the Daang Hari-North Luzon Expressway link road

46. Intention to build more power plants in other parts of the country

47. Renovation of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3

48. Creation of the Integrated Transport System to decongest traffic in Metro Manila

49. Creation of an 8-kilometer, four-lane elevated expressway that will connect C3 road to Caloocan, crossing España, up to the Polytechnic University of the Philippines in Sta. Mesa; a 14-kilometer six-lane elevated tollway extending from Balintawak to Buendia in Makati; and a 5-and-a-half kilometer, six-lane elevated common alignment expressway from PUP in Sta. Mesa, crossing Osmeña and Quirino Avenue, to Buendia in Makati.

50. P18.4 billion had been allotted to other projects from the savings of the Department of Public Works and Highways

51. Construction of the Tagumbao Bridge in Gerona, Tarlac which will save P108 million

52. A 21.4-percent in tourist arrivals from 3.1 million in 2010 to 4.3 million in 2012; a revised target on domestic tourist arrivals from 35.5 million to 56.1 million in 2016

53. The International Civil Aviation Organization's decision to remove safety concerns on the Philippines

54. Government-owned and controlled corporations like the Philippine Reclamation Authority, Local Water Utilities Administration and the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System turning over dividends after years of posting losses

55. Two consecutive 10-place jumps in the global competitiveness index of the World Economic Forum

56. Two investment grade credit ratings from two international agencies

57. Posting a 6.8-percent gross domestic product growth in 2012 and 7.8 percent in the first quarter of 2013

58. Singling out of former TESDA chief Augusto Syjuco, Jr. for overpriced procurements

59. Indictment of former Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.'s executives who embezzled P26.7 million

60. Former leaders of the PNP being made to answer allegations regarding the P131.6 million wasted on 75 defective rubber boats and the P104.99 million spent on the anomalous purchase of secondhand helicopters from 2009 to 2010.

61. Calling out the Bureau of Immigration, National Irrigation Administration, the Bureau of Customs and the Civil Service Commission for the agencies' lapses and corrupt practices

62. An audiovisual presentation on Filipinos that included a CCT beneficiary, a TESDA scholar, two policemen, a businessman, a member of the Philippine Navy

63. Citation for Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario for leading the evacuation of overseas Filipino workers in Libya

64. Citation for former Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo

65. Dedication of the State of the Nation Address to Filipinos

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