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President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. delivered his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasang Pambansa Complex in Quezon City on Monday, July 25.
Directed by his staunch supporter director Paul Soriano, Marcos’ SONA lasted for one hour and 14 minutes.
Among the matters tackled in the SONA are the government's agenda on economic recovery, Covid-19 pandemic response, resumption of face-to-face classes, plans for digitalization, renewable energy, OFW’s welfare, and Agrarian reform beneficiary loans, among others.
Meanwhile, the following important matters were left out by Marcos: Human rights; War-on-drugs; ENDO or labor issues; transport and fuel crisis, and; the West Philippine Sea.
Some of the highlights
Among the most talked about parts of the president’s speech is his proposal to reinstitute the ROTC and the National Service Training Program (NSTP) as mandatory for Grade 11 and 12 students in all public and private institutions.
“The aim is to motivate, train, organize, and mobilize the students for national defense preparedness, including disaster preparedness and capacity building for risk-related situations,” said Marcos.
Another highlight of his speech is the E-Governance Act which will cover all e-government services and processes and promote the use of the internet and other Information Communication Technology to provide opportunities for Filipinos. He also emphasized the importance of the National Identification System (ID) in digital transformation.
Marcos in his speech also called for the passing of a bill creating the Department of Water Resources— an agency which will adopt integrated water resource management as the strategic framework for national water management policy-making and planning.
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