Coloma underscores initiatives of Aquino administration that are anchored on social contract with Filipino people

March 17, 2012 1:06 am 

MANILA, March 16 — Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio “Sonny” B. Coloma Jr. underscored the initiatives of President Benigno S. Aquino III and the developmental programs being implemented under his watch anchored on his social contract with the Filipino people.

In an interview following his attendance at the Regional Forum on Effective Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in Greater Metro Manila Area (GMMA) held Friday morning at the Quezon City Hall's Bulwagang Amoranto, Coloma said the claims of some groups in their protest actions is contrary to the reality of what the government has been focusing and working on to serve the people and to achieve sustainable development in the nation.

“We take exception, first of all, to the use of the term ‘noynoying’… para namang masyadong derogatory 'yan sa katauhan ng ating Pangulo bilang leader ng Republika dahil para bang sinasabi nila na his entire person has to be embodied in a protest action, para bang lahatan na walang ginagawang mabuti, sa palagay namin ay highly inappropriate yun… Nararapat ay suriin nila kung ito ba ay tamang behavior on their part sapagkat ito rin ay nakade-degrade sa dignidad ng ating Republika,” Coloma said.

“Taliwas naman po diyan ang sentimyento at saloobin ng mga mamamayang Pilipino, almost two years into this administration our President enjoys unprecedented levels of performance approval and high trust ratings never before seen… kaya hindi po siguro tama yung paggamit ng terminong iyan at hindi po naaayon sa realidad na ating nakikita, lalong-lalo na dito sa disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation and risk mitigation… napaka-sigla po ng mga programa na isinasagawa ng pamahalaan tungkol dito at hindi masasabi ng sinuman na nagpapabaya po ang ating administrasyon,” he added.

He also noted the upswing mode of the country’s economy as characterized by the increase in numbers of the economic performance of the country in the first months of the year.

“Para namang ironic yun na ang ating kabuhayan ay napaka-sigla, stock market’s record is at high levels, yung investment rating natin napakataas, yung inflow ng foreign direct investments has increased by almost fifty percent, we have created more jobs tapos ay mayroon mga element sa ating lipunan na para bang nagbubulag-bulagan…parang ngayon lang sila nagising at nakikita lamang ay iyong nandun sa mga bahagi na taliwas naman sa katotohanan,” Coloma said.

“We live in a democracy, this is part of the dynamics of democracy, kailangan po siguro yung ibang mga mamamayan na hindi rin sumasang-ayon diyan at hindi rin naniniwala doon sa ganung ideya ay mag-register po ng kanilang saloobin para malaman ng mga gumagawa niyan na hindi tama yung kanilang ginagawa,” he added.

A recent report of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) bared that the Philippine exports finally ended an eight-month slump by growing three percent year-on-year.

The same report also showed the Philippines was the strongest performer among its East and Southeast Asian neighbors in terms of export growth in January this year.

Such developments were achieved despite the international economic unease and still more encouraging reports on the Philippine economy continue to pour in.

The Makati Business Club, for its part, expressed optimism on the prospects for the country’s economy. In a poll conducted in the second half of February this year, a convincing majority of respondents (79.6%) said that economic growth for 2012 would be higher than last year’s 3.7 percent. (PNA)

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