Saturday, November 3, 2012


PRESIDENT Aquino III says that building a modern infrastructure network linking Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao is among his immediate priorities. Travelling Pinoys will agree with P-Noy. No more "hirap-biyahe." *** To propel the Philippines to becoming a new tiger economy in the region, the President vows in recent foreign business forums that his administration will upgrade the light rail system in Metro Manila and build more airports and expand nautical highways. Yes to more speedy mass transport, less traffic, and more connectivity. *** The President adds that the government is hoping to attract 10 million tourists a year before he steps down in 2016 from the present three million tourists a year. Higher tourism figure as neighboring countries enjoy. *** On agriculture, Aquino says the country will become self-sufficient in rice next year after decades of importing the staple. Let's eat and be merry. More production, less importation. *** Aquino adds that his government will continue to make investments in people through improved education and healthcare services as well as distribution of cash subsidies to poor families. Yes to more social intervention and welfare services. *** The government, in cooperation with the private sector, will also set up automated weather systems (AWS), particularly in Petron gas terminals and depots, Globe, and Smart cell stations. Yes to AWS. Ayos, Walang Sablay! *** Malacanang and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) affirm the "inclusive" scope of the framework peace accord that they signed, saying the fresh deal would not allow any sector, such as Muslims, Christians, and Lumad in the proposed Bangsamoro region, to be left out from the peace process. Yes to peace! Make it peace for all! *** P-Noys tells new LP recruits from other parties to tread the straight path and not wade into corruption or meddle in government contracts. Translation: Join us but don't infect us, He-he! *** Former Pres. Fidel V. Ramos expresses support for P-Noy's reform programs but says his vision of "daang matuwid" should be expanded and take into consideration "tamang daan." Let's find the better or the best way. And cover more distance.