Aquino says country has started reaping fruits of reforms

April 29, 2013 11:42 pm 

LUCENA CITY, Quezon, April 29 — President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Monday that the Philippines has started reaping the fruits of the reforms that his administration instituted as he called on the people to continue their steady march towards the realization of their collective aspiration for equitable progress.

In his speech during his meeting with local leaders and the community at the Alcala Sports Complex Grandstand, Quezon National Highschool in Barangay Iyam here on Monday, the Chief Executive said the massive investments in the people through social services, education, and health, among others, have all led to the renewal of the people’s trust in their leaders.

"Halos magtatatlong taon pa nga lang po tayo sa panunungkulan, pero talaga naman pong ang laki na ng pinagkaiba natin sa sitwasyong ating dinatnan," the President said.

President Aquino said the reforms instituted in key sectors such as agriculture, tourism, and infrastructure; and the establishment of a culture of integrity in governance have led to a resurgent economy in the face of uncertainties in the global arena.

"Sa problema sa bigas. Dati, talagang nasanay na po tayo sa pag-aangkat ng bigas na nagbaon sa atin sa utang. Dati pinaniwala tayo na ang kailangan nating angkatin na bigas para mapunan ang ating mga pangangailangan ay 1.3-million metric tons kada taon," he noted.

"Sa ating panunungkulan: halos 855,000 metric tons na lamang po ang kinailangan nating angkatin noong 2011. Kasama na po iyong buffer. Noong 2012, limandaang libong metriko tonelada na lang ang ating kinailangang angkatin. Ayon nga sa ating butihing Kalihim Procy Alcala, harinawa, ay hindi na natin kailanganin pang mag-import ng bigas. Kung papalarin pa, baka maging net exporter na rin tayo ng matataas na variety ng bigas kung makikisama ang panahon," the President said.

He said the government's electrification project is one of the major achievements during his leadership.

"Sa ngayon, umabot na sa mahigit pitonlibo at dalawang daan na sitio ang ating napailawan. Bago po mag-SONA, dadagdagan pa po natin," he assured.

Anchored on the principle of "Tuwid na Daan," the President stressed that his government was able to build on the gains of the anti-corruption campaign and reduce poverty.

"Binibigyang liwanag na rin natin ang kinabukasan ng kapus-palad nating kababayan. Kung dati, halos walondaang libo lang ang kabahayang benepisyaryo ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program; ngayon po sa ating panunungkulan, napaabot na natin sa mahigit 3.9 million ang household beneficiaries ng programa. Kabilang po rito ang halos 92,500 na kabahayang natutulungan ng Pantawid Pamilya dito sa Quezon," he said.

The President said various initiatives and development projects are now in place to boost the tourism and business sectors.

"Dumako naman po tayo sa turismo, ang target po nating domestic tourist arrival para sa 2016, ay 35.5 million. Pero 2011 pa lang po, umabot na sa 37.5 million ang naitala nating domestic tourism arrivals. Kaya naman binago na po natin ang ating target — ginawa na nating 56.1 million para sa 2016," he said.

"At alam po nating magtutuloy-tuloy pa ang pag-engganyo natin sa mga turista at paglago ng ating ekonomiya sa pagpapaunlad natin ng imprastraktura. Dito pa nga lang po sa Quezon, nariyan ang pagpapagawa natin sa susunod na taon ng limampu’t walong kilometrong South Luzon Expressway extension mula Batangas hanggang Lucena," he stressed.

"Isama na rin ang Quezon Eco-tourism Road na babaybay sa Sariaya hanggang Lucena, pati na ang pagpapaunlad natin ng mga daungan sa Lucena, San Andres, Mauban, Cotta, at Gumaca," he added.

Both the international and local communities recognized the positive changes in the Philippines as manifested by the latest Fitch rating, the President noted.

The Philippines has finally won its much-coveted investment grade status from Fitch Group, one of the three major international credit rating agencies that assess the government’s ability to pay back its debt and the chance of non-payment. (PNA)

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