This is the second instalment to 6-Years of Noynoy Series.
Just like that, the six-year term of President Benigno S. Aquino III is coming to an end.
Two days before President Benigno Aquino officially steps down from Malacanang, we invite everyone to look back at the achievements of his administration in the past six years.
While his term started promising, set on a pedestal due to the passionate remembrance of the heroics of his parents, the last six years did not sail as smoothly as we all expected it to be. Regardless, it is worthy to note the achievements the current administration will be leaving with us at the dawn of the new one.
The ‘Rising Tiger’
What makes the country alive and well known around the globe? The economy. The world is a large business, and nothing talks louder than rich, free market trade and overflowing produce.
The Philippines was noticed internationally specifically because of that character, and earned nicknames such as “Asia’s Rising Tiger,” “Asia’s Rising Star,” and “Asia’s Bright Spot.” Our country also grabbed the 85th spot in the World Economic Forum for economic expertise and rank 70th for economic freedom in The Heritage Foundation Index of Economic Freedom.
The gross domestic product (GDP) growth skyrocketed in the past six years. From 1.19% in 2009, it dramatically rose to 5.8 percent in 2015, the fastest six-year growth in almost six decades.
And while we’re all dying because of large cuts in our wages because of tax, the tax revenue rose to P8.73 trillion. At the end-term report of Aquino, many government offices were allocated a much higher budget than before, opening opportunities for better and wider projects. Education, for one, received large additional budget this year.
Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and PH Education
It is timely that the Department of Education received a much bigger budget of P410.4 billion to fund the K-12 program. With more classrooms needed and new books to be printed, the amassed fund will be absolutely necessary. TESDA also saw great improvement, as its graduates are experiencing 71.9 percent employment rate.
Students from the poorest families are supported by the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4P’s, one of the most successful projects of the Aquino government, albeit inherited from the Arroyo administration. Today, the 4P’s is given 36.8 percent of the national budget in order to sustain its growing 4.4 million beneficiaries nationwide.
President Aquino highlighted the incredible feat of his administration when it comes to creating jobs, providing long-term solutions. The employment rate is now 94.2 percent from 92.7 percent in 2010, and the unemployment rate falling to 5.8 percent in the first quarter of 2016 from 7.3 percent back in 2010.
The Philippines also retained its name as the call center capital of the world, raising P22 billion in 2015.
Infrastructure, Technology, and the Military
Seeing towering buildings and sturdy bridges being accomplished sends a strong message to the tax-paying people. The Aquino administration, inspired by their motto “Daang Matuwid,” constructed a total of 18, 547 kilometers of national road network. The Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway and the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) are now in operations. The incoming administration is left with the development of Cavite-Laguna Expressway, C-6, Metro Manila Skyway Stage 4, NLEX-SLEX Connector, and the North-South Railway Project.
Nine new airports are now being constructed all over the country, with the Laguindingan International Airport in Misamis Oriental the latest to be completed in 2012.
The AFP modernization project brought us two new FA-50 fighter jets from the Republic of Korea, and new naval ships including the BRP Tarlac, the largest vessel in the Navy fleet.
Many are left to be accomplished, but the six years of the Aquino administration saw the fulfillment of many projects and groundbreaking improvements that are expected to flourish for the years to come. (Luke Godoy)
To read the full summary of the achievements of the Aquino administration, visit http://www.gov.ph/featured/daang-matuwid.