Every last Monday of July, the Philippine Constitution obliges the incumbent president to ‘open’ the other branch of governance, which is the Congress.
President Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III, who dubbed himself PNoy, delivered his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) four days after the mandate. He unfolded a current investigation [on the corruption in some offices in the government] instead of his legislative agenda, which former presidents traditionally do.
His SONA was dutifully aired by the ABS-CBN in their coverage entitled Boses ng Bayan: Ang Unang SONA ni Pangulong Aquino. The network also reported what some of their audience think and feel on PNoy’s speech that it has collated from the Wireless Audience Response System (WARS) and online polls.
A total of 160 volunteers from Metro Manila, Naga, Cebu, and Cagayan de Oro participated in the network’s quest to know how Pnoy’s SONA affected the nation. The Boses Ng Bayan (Voice of the People) was represented by students, educators, office workers, government employees, and private businessmen. They answered some four questions while the SONA was ongoing.
Did they believe that Pnoy’s administration could stop the "quota-quota" and "tong-pats" system? About 81.6% responded positively through the WARS while 85% also agreed in the online polls.
Did they believe that Pnoy’s administration would not overspend and refrain from engaging itself in anomalous projects? About 84.7% using the WARS thought so too, as well as 80% following online.
Did they believe that Pnoy’s administration would probe onto the major anomalies the last administration was accused of? About 79.6% respondents equipped with WARS held onto that while 75% adhered on it in the online polls.
Did they believe that Pnoy’s administration would consider job creation its topmost priority, cutting red tape so that key industries and businesses could easily set up and operate in the country? About 90.8% surveyed through WARS remarked confidently on that while 85% concurred in the online polls.
The network’s website also arranged a 12-hour live chat (from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.) participated in by 23,147 people during the SONA. Two weeks before PNoy’s report, Bayan Mo, iPatrol Mo: Ako ang Simula (BMPM), a citizen journalism project of the ABS-CBN, learned that there are people craving for a corruption-free government and poverty-free nation under his administration.
Aside from poverty and corruption, the respondents also wished for improved healthcare, disciplined and efficient state workers, equal opportunity for education, pro-environment programs, peace and order, upgrade of infrastructures and facilities, financial aid and security for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and agricultural reform.
Pilipina Ako honors PNoy for instilling optimism in every Filipino. Those who used to blame the government for every misfortune they have were now goaded to work on themselves and succeed. Hopefully, these people would eventually work on their dreams. Hopefully too, the PNoy’s administration would not just be about goals and visions.
Pilipina Ako Jost noted that the OFWs were not particularly mentioned in PNoy’s SONA. The OFWs who braved foreign lands to work and earn. The OFWs who kept saving the national treasury from deficit. The OFWs who would prefer being with their families back home if only the economical situation in the country is favorable.