My Google Page Rank

Lawmakers give P-Noy 'excellent' mark in his 1st year as president


Amid criticisms and dipping survey ratings, majority of lawmakers gave President Benigno S. Aquino III an "excellent" mark in his first year into the presidency due to his focused commitment of getting rid of graft and corruption in the government.

The lawmakers pointed out that while public relations may not be the President's strongest suit, "his honesty and dedication to serve public good is really beyond question."

"The President might need some adjustments with respect to his public relations skills and his communications people might need to work harder to bring across the message of reform which is the core foundation of the Aquino administration, but, overall, the President has done excellently well in achieving much of his campaign commitments," said Iloilo Rep. Jerry Trenas, chair of the Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability of the House of Representatives.

Trenas noted, in particular, the positive reforms that is now taking place in the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), which now ensures the judicious use of funds in various public works projects nationwide.

He said that the Aquino government's policy on the judicious use of public funds without compromising his (President Aquino) commitment to uplift the lives of the country's poorest of the poor through the expansion of the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program "is the best proof of the government's improving fiscal discipline, transparency and accountability."

House Deputy Speaker and Quezon Rep. Lorenzo "Erin" Tanada III said the President should be rated first on how he has delivered based on his 2010 State-of-the-Nation-Address (SoNA) and not on the fulfillment of the promises he made during the campaign in last year’s election.

"Let us be fair. P-Noy (President Aquino) should be measured based on what he set out in his first SoNA," said Tanada, spokesman of the ruling Liberal Party (LP).

He said people rating President Aquino also ought to place themselves in his shoes.

"P-Noy inherited the biggest budget deficit, the 'land mines' in the different departments and line agencies, the corruption that was embedded," he noted.

"We can check what (Aquino) promised to do in the 2010 SoNA, and what we accomplished together, and look forward at what he plans in the 2011 SoNA," he added.

Tanada said the first SoNA of the President is basically a "where we are, what do we have, how can we address the land mines."

He said President Aquino should be bolder now in his second SoNA in laying down the road map.

"P-Noy can start making the bold moves on his second year. He can spell out the road maps showing what kind of economic paradigm does he believe in. He should come out with his economic beliefs or visions," he said.

The Quezon solon said one cannot use as basis the promises made during the campaign in only one year.

"The promise during the campaign is for his whole administration from 2010 to 2016... whether his administration succeeded or not, is for history to judge," he said.

Tanada also lauded the President's "Ulat sa Bayan" as it shows the difference on how he views governance and accountability as compared to former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in the fight against corruption.

He said President Aquino "laid out what he has accomplished despite the difficulties he had to encounter when he assumed office."

"Ito ay nagpapatunay na kayang makuha ang tiwala ng sambayanan at abutin ang ating mga pangarap basta malinis ang pamahalaan. Nakikiisa ako kay P-Noy sa mga sinabi niya, marami pa rin ang dapat gawin at malayo pa ang tatahakin nating tuwid na daan pero kung tayo ay magtutulungan, mabilis nating magagawa ito," he said.

For his part, Western Samar Rep. Mel Senen Sarmiento believes that the President has done extremely well in his first year into the presidency and has remained true to his commitment of his administration's pursuit for a "tuwid na daan" (righteous path) in running the government.

"The President has done extremely both as President and as an icon of good governance. I think that, despite all the criticisms thrown at his administration, nobody, not even the opposition, can dispute the fact that things are getting better for our country and for our people," he said.

Sarmiento noted that the President's success in eliminating leakages in the use of government funds "has won the country a series of credit ratings upgrade and has helped a lot in improving the level of investment confidence in the country."

The Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD), The Forum for Family Planning and the Philippine NGO Council for Population, Health and Welfare also thanked President Aquino "for his unflinching support to defend maternal and child health and build strong future for Filipino families."

"By consistently and persistently supporting Responsible Parenthood and the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill, the country has seen in the last 12 months how a determined and courageous leadership shapes and hastens the policy debate on this important measure. By lending support to the efforts of civil society advocates and legislators championing the RH Bill inside and outside of Congress, President Aquino has shown his commitment to promote human development," the group said in a statement.

The Associated Labor Unions (ALU), for its part, said they would like to see the President succeed in all his policies and priorities which will enhance the Filipino workers' rights and their capability to cope with the ever rising costs of basic commodities and services.

"Despite of the distractions and adjustments that highlighted his first year in office, the ALU desires for President Aquino to be now more vigorous in pursuing his labor and employment policy agenda in creating the full, productive, and decent employment that the entire Filipinos are expecting from his leadership," said ALU national vice president Gerard Seno.

Meanwhile, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. reported that four of the identified 10 priority measures by Malacanang were signed into law by the President.

This include the Government owned and controlled corporations (GOCC) bill which limits the salaries and benefits of its officials; Postponement of Elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM); amendments in the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA); and one which relaxes the ban on night shift work for women.

"We are a working Congress. Naging productive ang first regular session ng 15th Congress (The first regular session of the 15th Congress was productive). We were able to pass important laws. More (bills) are already approved at the committee level," he said.

Aside from their legislative duties, the 285 members of the House of Representatives also managed to vote on the impeachment of former Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez, who was accused of betrayal of public trust, among others.

Belmonte said he was proud the House "did not avoid its constitutional duty no matter how difficult, controversial, contentious" the impeachment process was.

However, Gutierrez resigned before she could be brought to trial at the Senate.

The Speaker also lauded the attendance rate of congressmen, which, he said, averaged 94.2 percent for every session day and was the "most robust" and "unparalleled in the history of the Chamber." (PNA)

Related news items:
Newer news items:
Older news items:

Add comment

Security code

Beng welcomes Litlit’s appointment as SP member

15 Feb 2018 Hits:187 Be the first to comment!

President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed San Roque Barangay Chairman Joselito “Litlit” Macrohom as member of the Sangguniang Panlungsod or City council replacing Charlie Mariano who stepped down from office last November 2017. As this developed, Mayor Beng Climaco congratulated Macrohon on his appointment and wished him luck in all his endeavors. With the complete set of councilors for both Districts I and II and the sectoral representatives, the Sangguniang Panlungsod can maximize its potentials and come up with quality legislations that are in line with the priority thrust of the local government on Security Health and Education, the mayor said. Macrohon ran for Councilor under District I during the May 2016 local elections and landed 9th place. Macrohon’s appointment, along with other new appointments [...] Read more

Prev Next Page:

City Registrar observes Civil Reg Month

15 Feb 2018 Hits:103 Be the first to comment!

The city, through the Office of the City Civil Registrar,is observing the Civil Registration Month this February with several activities highlighting the importance of civil registration. The month-long observance is punctuated [...] Read more

CHO stresses need for measles vaccination

14 Feb 2018 Hits:158 Be the first to comment!

The City Health Office (CHO) yesterday appealed to parents to submit their children for measles vaccination. This after a seven-month baby died last February 6, 2018 allegedly due to measles, five [...] Read more


11 Jan 2018 Hits:303 Be the first to comment!

Este el Istoria del Jong Cariaga Mindanao Cup 2018 que ya hace na Golden Boys gym anoche. Ya sale Champion el Myeisha Jolo kay completo todo departamento del juego especialmente [...] Read more

BFP personnel to undergo fire suppression activities

10 Jan 2018 Hits:262 Be the first to comment!

Personnel of the Bureau of Fire Protection in Zamboanga City will undergo fire suppression trainings in the days to come in a bid to keep them abreast of the firefighting [...] Read more


10 Jan 2018 Hits:249 Be the first to comment!

Del Domingo pasao ya mira kita con el Resto Del Mundo FC contra Red Corals United donde ya sale Tabla el juego na Soccer Football. Amo quel el ultimo juego [...] Read more

TFZ gets 10 motorcycles from City Government

09 Jan 2018 Hits:282 Be the first to comment!

Task Force Zamboanga (TFZ) on Monday received from the local government 10 units of XRM motorcycles for security patrols in the outskirts of the city. Mayor Beng Climaco together with Councilor [...] Read more

Beng leads destruction of seized items

09 Jan 2018 Hits:305 Be the first to comment!

To show the Local Government’s firm commitment to public safety and security, Mayor Beng Climaco on Monday personally maneuvered a road roller and led the destruction of seized items such [...] Read more

Warring clans arm cache seized by gov't troops in Lanao del Sur

09 Jan 2018 Hits:328 Be the first to comment!

The military on Saturday seized a cached of high-powered firearms from warring clans, following a clearing operation in Lanao del Sur province. Capt. Jo-Ann Petinglay, spokesperson of the Western Mindanao Command, [...] Read more


09 Jan 2018 Hits:265 Be the first to comment!

MINDANAO LEAGUE 2018 BY JONG CARIAGA: Boalan Agm  nuevo star athlete Kaiwa Sabdulla y si Neil Jumao-as ya dale mira kay puede sila gana con el maga mapuersa team como el [...] Read more


08 Jan 2018 Hits:201 Be the first to comment!

JONG CARIAGA BASKETBALL MINDANAO CUP ‘18. Que el juego ta ase na golden boys gym ta principia 7:00 del noche. Fritz Vesagas amo el ya ase gana con el disuyu [...] Read more


07 Jan 2018 Hits:237 Be the first to comment!

JONG CARIAGA MINDANAO CUP Este el un torneo que debe kita mira kay el team del Myiesha Jolo tiene 5 ex PBA athleta y el losdemas puru mga star players de [...] Read more

Climaco reiterates appeal to Customs: Stop smuggling

06 Jan 2018 Hits:821 Be the first to comment!

Mayor Beng Climaco has once again appealed to the Bureau of Customs to clean up Zamboanga City against smuggling, and it can only be done if the agency will deputize [...] Read more

Escapee recaptured in Isabela

06 Jan 2018 Hits:254 Be the first to comment!

An inmate who escaped last Tuesday night from his cell in Isbela City was recaptured by the Isabela City Police on Wednesday afternoon in one of the islands in Maluso, [...] Read more

Beng orders intensified drive vs illegal quarrying

06 Jan 2018 Hits:234 Be the first to comment!

Mayor Beng Climaco has ordered a renewed campaign against illegal quarrying activities as she cited the city’s firm advocacy on environmental protection. Mayor Climaco Thursday has directed City Police Director PSSupt. [...] Read more

Four hurt in motorcycle collision

06 Jan 2018 Hits:245 Be the first to comment!

Four people were injured when two motorcycles accidentally collided in Zone 3, Barangay Guisao, Zamboanga City, on Thursday. Injured were Ryan Pantaleon y Atilano, 27, single, driver of the XRM motorcycle [...] Read more

Old man, old woman found dead in different barangays

05 Jan 2018 Hits:243 Be the first to comment!

Two elders were found dead inside their house in two separate places in Sitio Parkas, Barangay Boalan and Zone 2, Barangay Lumbangan, both in this city last Wednesday. Reports showed that [...] Read more


05 Jan 2018 Hits:203 Be the first to comment!

Este si Bryan Ray Mangaser Siglos, su palayao “Bry”, 17 años de edad, anak di Severino Ledesma Siglos y Maria Ruzen Ramos Mangaser. Su hermano si Bennett Jhordany hermana si [...] Read more

CDRRMC okeys P3M cash aid for Vinta-stricken towns

04 Jan 2018 Hits:306 Be the first to comment!

The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) has approved a resolution recommending the allocation of some P3 million from the city’s quick response fund, for financial assistance to [...] Read more