PGMA’s last SONA a scorecard of accomplishments — Palace

July 11, 2009 7:26 pm 

MANILA, July 11 — President Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo’s last State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) will be a scorecard of her accomplishments from the time she first took office in 2001 to July this year.

Presidential Management Staff (PMS) Chief Secretary Hermogenes Esperon, who handles the technical reports of the Office of the President, said in a radio interview that the President will also discuss her ongoing projects due for completion before her term ends June 30 next year.

“We do not know the exact content of the SONA since the President herself is the one preparing it. She is still doing it now. We can only guess what will be the final content of her SONA,” Esperon said. “But this is not her final goodbye since she still has nine more months to complete her term.”

As co-chair of the pro-performance team created by the President, Esperon has for members among others Donald Ty and Anton Pascual of Caritas Manila, who have inspected the SONA promises of the President in terms of infrastructure, the economy and concern for the overseas Filipino workers.

Five infrastructure projects of national scope and 149 others which are individual in nature have been completed among them in the area of irrigation, the 13,000-kilometer farm-to-market roads, housing, hospitals, and barangay electrification which is now 98 percent complete.

As of 2007, 39 projects have been finished with 26 more expected to be completed by December this year. Around 67 more will be finished at the end of her term, according to Esperon.

Among the completed projects are the SCTEX (Subic, Clark, Tarlac Expressway) amounting to P28 billion; the upgrading of Poro Point International Airport, P477 million; Dingalan Port, P96 million; Caticlan Multipurpose Project, P7.4 billion; EDSA Rehabilitation, P200 million; Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR) in Batangas, P2.5 billion; Subic Bay Ports Development Project, P8 billion; Batangas Port, P6.8 billion; New Bacolod Silay Airport, P4 billion and the Iloilo Airport.

Esperon said the economy, in terms of the current global economic crisis, will be discussed in the SONA, which like the previous ones, is expected to use symbols or examples like the three Payatas children. (PNA)

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