Napaka ganda ng mga salitang binitawan ng ating pangulo sa kanyang Sona, lahat po tayo ay aasa sa malaking pag babago ng ating bansa.Sya na nga sana ang maging daan ng lahat ng pag babago ng ating lipunan.
In his first State of the Nation Address, President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III revealed
that most of the nation's funds were depleted by the Arroyo administration while some government agencies received excessive benefits.
With the budget deficit at a staggering P196.7 billion, Aquino said only 1 percent of the P1.54-trillion budget for 2010 can be spent every month for the rest of the year.
While the nation is suffering from limited funds, some government agencies are swimming in it, Aquino said.
Among them are the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), whose officials received P211.5 million in salaries and additional allowances and benefits alone.
Aquino said the MWSS's Board of Trustees only receive P14,000 salary each but they get grocery incentives that amount to P80,000 a year; mid-year bonus; productivity bonus; anniversary bonus; year-end bonus; Christmas bonus; additional Christmas package; and financial assistance.
Each MWSS Trustee receives P2.5 million a year, Aquino revealed. This does not include car benefits, technical assistance, and loans, he added.
"Kamakailan lamang, pumipila ang mga tao para lang makakuha ng tubig. Sa kabila nito, minabuti pa ng liderato ng MWSS na magbigay ng gantimpala sa sarili kahit hindi pa nababayaran ang pensyon ng mga retiradong empleyado," said Aquino.
"Pati po ang La Mesa Watershed ay hindi nila pinatawad. Para magkaroon ng tamang supply ng tubig, kailangang alagaan ang mga watershed. Sa watershed, puno ang kailangan. Pati po iyon na dapat puno ang nakatayo, tinayuan nila ng bahay para sa matataas na opisyal ng MWSS," he added.
Aquino said his government is investigating the MWSS officials involved, who cannot immediately be removed from their posts as they are among former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's "midnight appointees."
"Iniimbestigahan na natin ang lahat nang ito. Kung mayroon pa silang kahit kaunting hiya na natitira – sana kusa na lang silang magbitiw sa puwesto," he said. This statement received the first round of applause in his 36-minute speech.
Ibinunyag din po ng pangulo ang anumalyang ito sa bigas.
"Hindi po ba krimen ito, na hinahayaan nilang mabulok ang bigas, sa kabila ng apat na milyong Pilipinong hindi kumakain ng tatlong beses sa isang araw?" he said.
Aquino also revealed that out of the P2 billion Calamity Fund this year, 70 per cent has been spent even though the typhoon season has just begun. He said P108 million went to Arroyo's home province of Pampanga, which did not suffer from any calamity this year, and compared this to the P5 million given to the province of Pangasinan that was ravaged by typhoon Pepeng last year.
Arroyo is representing the second district of Pampanga in the House of Representatives.
Aquino said the Arroyo administration also instructed the government-owned Landbank and Development Bank of the Philippines to buy out the MRT after forcing the train operator to keep fares low, thereby failing to fulfill a guarantee that the train operator could recoup its investment.
"Ang pera ng taumbayan, ipinagpalit sa isang naluluging operasyon," he said.
Aquino said his government, only three weeks old so far, is hard at work at fixing the problems left behind by the Arroyo administration.
"Sa administrasyon po natin, walang kota-kota, walang tongpats, ang pera ng taumbayan ay gagastusin para sa taumbayan lamang," he vowed.
Were so proud to you President Noynoy Aquino!!! God Bless!!