by Reina Beatriz Peralta

Quezon City and Caloocan City - Comments of both contentment and disappointment arise after PNoy delivered his SONA entitled “Report Kay Boss”. 

             Even though others think of PNoy’s report as remarkable and comprehensive, negative criticisms still cropped up. Eight out of ten people residing in Quezon City and Caloocan City were satisfied with President Benigno Aquino III (PNoy) in his third State of the Nation Address at Batasang Pambansa Plenary Hall on July 23, 2012.  While the remaining two appeared to be disappointed and still not convinced about his report and actions.

                Most of them got interested with PNoy’s achievements and plans about education.  A Science high school teacher of St. Theresa School of Novaliches, Richard Peralta was happy about the increase on budget in education. He said, “Maganda. Maganda ang pag-iinvest sa edukasyon.  Hindi man ito makikita sa kasalukuyang panahon, kapag ang punla ay umusbong, kasabay nitong iaangat ang naghihirap na estado ng Pilipinas.” 

                 But he is not satisfied with PNoy’s overall performance base on his speech in his SONA.  “Hindi ko siya ire-rate from one to ten.  Ire-rate ko siya sa ganitong paraan: one meter per hour, mabagal.  Mabagal ang pag-usad ng Pilipinas.”

                 “'Yong pinakanagustuhan ko sa mga sinabi niya, 'yong tungkol sa pagtaas ng budget sa mga state universities kasi tiyak na tayo rin ang makikinabang doon.  Masaya.  Para gumanda naman 'yong facilities ng school.  Sana lang matupad para wala nang mag-ra-rally about budget cut.”  Dianne Elaine Aserit, third year BS Information Technology at Polytechnic University of the Philippines said. 

                 “Bibigyan ko siya ng 7 points, because nobody is perfect,"  she added.

                Soledad Peralta, Chief Agrarian Reform Program Officer gave her reaction about the controversial Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) which PNoy mentioned that before the end of his term, all the land under the CARP will be distributed.  She said,“Iwas pa rin siya sa isyu.  Parang ilang pa rin siya.  Sabi niya tatapusin niya ang isyu ng Agrarian Reform pero pa’no?” 

                  She also gave her reaction to the other points of PNoy in his SONA. “'Yong sa cash transfer, maigi yan tsaka 'yong sa health card, pero tingin ko dapat kailangan niyang mag-random evaluation para malaman niya kung sa mahihirap nga napupunta 'yon.  Nagtitipid siya, maging sa agency namin, nararamdaman ko 'yon.  'Yong natitipid niya ay mapupunta sa pambili ng upuan para sa mga schools.  Isa pa, siya lang ang presidente na nagsabing sa atin ang Spratlys.” 

                  Ms. Peralta gave PNoy’s SONA a passing grade.  “Good.  Sa gitna lang kasi ang iba sa mga sinabi niya kagaya nung sa DPWH, para lang siyang future scenario.  Para sa’kin mina-mind set niya lang yung DPWH dahil sila yung pinaka-corrupt.  Malinaw 'yong mga data at malinaw kung saan mapupunta yung mga pondo.”

                Project engineer of MHE Demag (P) Inc., Avel Pangilinan was not that in favor of what PNoy included in his SONA.  75% pabor.  May mga kailangan na dapat ayusin sa edukasyon para maka-recover sa back log.  Kailangan ding matutukan 'yong K + 12 program.  'Yong sa Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) dapat mapili ng mabuti 'yong beneficiaries at turuan maging self-sufficient later sa program.  'Yong territorial conflict sa Chinaok 'yong sinimulang diplomatic protest kaya lang sana makapag-warning tayo sa mga trespassers para alam nila na ipaglalaban natin ang bayan natin.”  Pangilinan said, rating PNoy six. 

               “Kailangan pa niyang tutukan ang mga actions na dapat gawin ng cabinet niya at mag-decide nang napapanahon sa mga decisions na kailangan siya," he added.

                Administrative Assistant of Barangay 172, Caloocan City, Felicidad De Villa expressed her feelings about the SONA.  “Ang ganda.  Sana nga may improvement ang Pilipinas.  Tumaas na lahat pero ang sweldo, ‘di tumataas.”  She said, pertaining to the progress of the Philippine economy.

              “Ang question, bakit magpapautang pa?  ‘Di na lang sa’tin ibigay,”  she added, as a rection with regards to the lending of money to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

            “Maganda yung report niya lalo na sa education.  Sa DSWD, hindi feel ng tao kasi marami pa rin ang nagugutom.” added De Villa.

                De Villa also commented on the way PNoy strictly implements his “Daang Matuwid”.  “Sana nga siya wala [issues about graft and corruption].  Ewan ko lang 'yong mga kasama niya.”

                PNoy indirectly mentioned the very controversial Reproductive Health (RH) bill by rather saying Responsible Parenthood.  “Pabor siya sa RH Bill pero sana diniretso niya kasi over-populated na tayo.”  De Villa said.

                “Kung ‘di ka maco-confine, ‘di mo magagamit yung Philhealth.”  De Villa reacted about the No Billing Policy wherein the medication of philhealth card owner will be for free.

                In the end of his interview, De Villa rated PNoy six.  “Six kasi ‘di pa siya very good sa’kin.  Wala pa ‘kong nakikita sa kanya.”

                Medical practitioners Maria Christina Colaway (barangay 172 health center nutritionist), Charito Corpin (barangay 172 health center midwife) and Jayson Paz (barangay 172 health center nurse) did not watch the entire SONA but they still gave their reactions to the issues they were concerned particularly about the Registered Nurses for Health Enhancement and Local Service (RN-Heals) and Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4 P’s).  RN-Heals is similar to Nurses Assigned in Rural Service (NARS), wherein the registered nurses are deployed to provinces and barrios where their services are much needed.  4 P’s is a conditional cash transfer program that provides incentives for poor families to invest in their future by ensuring that mothers and children can avail of healthcare and that children go to school. As such, it is a human development program that invests in the health and education of children.  At the same time, the cash grants alleviate current poverty by providing immediate relief from cash flow problems. Such extra cash received on a bimonthly basis is especially important for poor households that have irregular or seasonal income. 

                  “Ok naman kaya lang 'yong sa 4 P’s, medyo hindi," Corpin said.

               "’Di kasi lahat puwedeng mapasama sa 4 P’s, 'yong talagang wala lang fixed na income.  Nino-nominate yan.  Kaya lang 'yong iba nadadaan sa palakasan.  Kapag malakas ka sa barangay kahit ‘di ka naman mahirap, sa’yo napupunta yung slot.”  Colaway explained.

                  “Ang hirap kasi minsan sa tamad napupunta 'yong slot sa halip na sa mga talagang mahihirap.”  Paz added.

                   Corpin and Paz rated PNoy seven, while Colaway gave six.

                “Malaki yung naitulong sa’kin ng Philhealth sa pagpapa-opera ng anak ko pero nagdagdag pa rin kami ng 2,000 pesos.  Masaya dahil gagawin nang libre lahat.”  Vegetable vendor Leoclegao Medina said, rating the president 10.

                “Hindi ako naniniwala na maganda na 'yong ekonomiya natin ngayon pero nag-improve kung ikukumpara before.  Mikael Fidel Enriquez, a graduate of BS Psychology at San Beda College and currently taking up MA in Developmental Psychology said.

                      Talking about the budget increase in education, Enriquez said, “Dapat lang, lalo na ngayon na nagsimula na 'yong K-12.  Tsaka mas mabuti 'yong sa edukasyon siya mag-focus kesa sa RH Bill.”  

                              He gave the speech of the president 8 points. 

 


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