- Written by Tribune
- Tuesday, 24 July 2012
The concensus on President Aquino’s third State of the Nation Address (Sona) yesterday was it passed with flying colors in terms of packaging but again failed miserably in defining where his administration is heading after two years of his presidency.
Noted economist Benjamin Diokno, a former budget secretary, said “he has specific details on certain social programs but he missed the big picture.”
“Where will he get the money to finance his ambitious programs like the K+12 education program, universal health care, expanded conditional cash transfer, Armed Forces modernization, public infrastructure program, project Noah and so on,” Diokno said.
He added lacking were specifics on attracting more foreign direct investments, his administration’s position on the strengthening of the peso which is hurting both exporters and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), the government’s steps to complete the agrarian reform program and the government programt to stop the contraction of the local manufacturing sector.
For instance, in agrarian reform, “will individual titles be issued or will the titles remain collective in nature?” Diokno asked..... MORE
Source: The Daily Tribune