[Blogger] PNoy’s 2nd SONA, So what’s new? – Carpe Diem

by Darwin Mendiola

President Benigno S. Aquino III’s first State of the Nation Address (SONA) for many of his critics was nothing but a mouthful of litany without a substance.

Will his second SONA be different?

I bet to the last cents that PNoy’s second SONA will not be any dissimilar from his first.
If I sense it right, it is just about two things: those that he will say with conviction and those that he will not dare to say in order not to bite his own tongue.

There is nothing in his first SONA that showed any forward-looking solutions that his government is proposing to address the country’s endemic problems.

In fact, PNOy has become strangely passive in office for his first year, acting as if his only task is to discredit the Arroyos and to let the government do its work in a business as usual manner.

But he can’t keep dodging the bullet when there are many critical issues that posed great challenges to his administration.

On corruption

PNOY will surely throw out the baby with the bath water. To show that he is keen in moving his campaign slogan, “kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap”, he will not miss this chance to expose new anomalies and irregularities of the previous administration that his government has unearthed. He will brandish that his war on corruption is gaining ground.

It is no longer new and surprising to know the extent and magnitude of the PGMA’s misdeeds but what is good in barking without biting. it will best serve the interest of the public if this will lead to prosecution and punishment and not just mere public exposition.

On economy

Pnoy will certainly blow his own horn by announcing that his economic blueprint, known as “Social contract with the Filipino people” is on the right track as the economy is fast growing. The Philippine Development Plan or the six-year economic blueprint sums up the administration’s economic direction with its defined strategies and goals for the next six years.

The economists believed that PDP is straightforward. It means – keeping the economy afloat in the globalized free trade while intensifying privatization through Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), and implementing social support programs like conditional cash transfers (CCTs) and fuel subsidies.

If economy is indeed improving, do we feel better off? Pnoy’s second SONA may play with figures. But translating it to poverty alleviation will be the biggest question that Pnoy needs to answer.

On peace and security

Pnoy will definitely claim that peace efforts are now in place in the resumption of the peace talks with Muslim and communist rebels.

But human rights groups have repeatedly recommended to the Philippine government to fully observe its legal obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law. The continuing attack against the perceived legal fronts of the communist rebels through harassment, intimidation and criminalization of political offense will only squander the opportunity to address the root causes of insurgency.

On human rights

PNoy’s first SONA never said anything about human rights and his government’s commitment for its promotion and better protection except perhaps a passing mention of his administration’s effort to solve the six extrajudicial killings that happened during the first few months after assuming office.

The lack of a clear human rights agenda is believed to be the reason why human rights violations continue unabated.

On land reform

Despite having been the centerpiece program of her mother, the late President Corazon Aquino the agrarian reform program was completely left out from his first SONA. Although, Pnoy mentioned his plan to build grains terminals, refrigeration facilities, road networks and post-harvest facilities for agriculture. But the highly controversial Hacienda Luisita is one issue that he will not dare dip his finger in.

The uneven ownership of land continues to magnifies the uneven social gaps in the society.
The Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Programs despite claims of its success has not able significantly to redistribute wealth and liberate the vast majority of agricultural lands under the principle of “land to the tillers”.

On OFW, labor and employment

Despite assurance that wage hike is imminent, PNoy will not go far in his second SONA to commit his government in complying with its constitutional mandate to provide workers a family living wage.

The labor sector has been assailing ever since the big mismatch between the actual needs of workers and their level of income as the wage system is based more on the ‘capacity to pay’ of an employer rather than the ‘capacity to buy’ of a worker.

While a small wage increase will only benefit a reducing number of regular workers due to outsourcing, retrenchment and contractualization, at least three million Filipinos are expected to be completely out of work due to the exodus of returning OFWs. PNoy has no other way but focus on local job generation rather than extending the “labor export policy.”

Whatever are the hypes and promises that Pnoy will say in his second SONA, what we are expecting more to hear is for Pnoy to declare that his government will work not only to improve governance but also to make the economy a foundation for humane and decent living with respect and protection of our fundamental human rights.

That will be music to our ears.

Advertisements

5 thoughts on “[Blogger] PNoy’s 2nd SONA, So what’s new? – Carpe Diem

  1. Pingback: [From the web] Heredero by Ang Manggagawa | Human Rights Online Philippines

  2. Pingback: [Press Release] IP women to PNoy; Bagsak (FAILED) – LRC-KSK-FOE | Human Rights Online Philippines

  3. ALAB KATIPUNAN: 211 SONA “TUWID na DAAN ni P-NOY PARA KANINO at SAAN PATUNGO?

    Matapos ang siyam na taong pagtitiis sa pambubusabos, pagpapasasa sa kapangyarihan at pagpapahirap sa mamamamayan ng rehimeng GMA. Ano na ang kinabukasan ng bayan at mamamayan sa bagong administrasyon? Isang taon na si P-NOY bilang pangulo ng Pilipinas. Saan naman niya tayo dadalhin?”

    “Bilang paunang pagpapakita ng gilas ni PINOY sa bayan, agaran niyang pinatupad ang Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) na diumano tawid gutom program sa mamamayan subalit malinaw na ito’y doll-out at band aid solution lamang sa palala at palawak na kagutuman sa ating bansa. Ang pondong ginagamit sa CCT ay loan mula sa World Bank at ADB, ito ay katumbas na dagdag utang panlabas at tiyak ang mamamayan na naman ang papasan ng pagbabayad nito sa porma ng buwis at iba pa. Kasama na ang programang SMART Pantawid pasada para sa mga tsuper at pagpapalakas ng Public-Private Partnership na sa kabuuan ay mga kapitalista pa rin ang higit na nakikinabang. Milyong milyong tubo para sa mga dambuhalang kapitalista kapalit ng barya para sa masa.“

    “Sa kasalukuyan, walang malinaw na programa ang gobyerno sa pagresolba sa mga lumalalang isyu ng ibat ibang mga sektor sa ating bansa. Demolisyon noon, demolisyon pa rin ngayon. Ang programang pabahay ng gobyerno ay hindi tumutugon sa pamantayan ng Adequate Housing ng U.N. Patuloy ang migration ng mga nasa probinsiya patungo sa kamaynilaan dahil sa kawalan ng oportunidad sa pag-unlad mula sa kanayunan (pagkalugi ng produksyon sa agrikultura dahil sa pagpasuk ng kapitalismo sa kanayunan) na nagpapalobo ng pupulasyon sa National Capital Region.”

    “Tuloy tuloy ang pagsara ng mga pabrika sa bansa dahil sa epekto ng globalisasyon na nagluwal ng mga batas sa kontraktualisasyon, privization at deregulasyon. Walong pung porsyento (80%) na sa kabuuan ng labor force ay Kontraktuwal, sa humigit kumulang na 90 milyong Pilipino, 5.9 milyon na rito ang walang trabaho at 4.8 milyon ang may trabaho subalit hindi tugma ang kanilang natapos na kurso at karamihan ay hindi nakakatanggap ng kahit minimum wage. Sa ngayon, ang living wage na kailangan sa NCR sa pamilya na may limang membro ay P1,000 bawat araw samantala ang minimum wage ay nasa P404/day kung saan ang actual na halaga nito ay nasa P224 lamang dahil sa walang tigil na pagtaas ng mga bilihin at linggo-linggong pagtaas ng presyo ng langis at sa bandang likod ang net income ng Top 1,000 corporations sa bansa lumubo mula P116.4 billion noong 2001 sa average na P416.7 billion taon-taon mula ng 2002-2008 at sa taong 2009 P756 billion ang kanilang profit. Alam na alam natin lahat na ang profit na ito ay mula sa hindi pagbayad ng kapitalista sa mga oras na pinagtrabahohan ng manggagawa (unpaid labor power or surplus value).”

    “Simula Enero hanggang Abril 2011 ay labing isang beses na tumaas ang presyo ng langis na nagresulta ng pagtaas ng pamasahe at presyo ng mga pangunahing bilihin. Dulot ng patuloy na pagpapatupad ng Oil Deregulation Law, inutil ang gobyerno para mapigilan ang epekto nito sa mamamayan.”

    “Nagiging walang kaugnayan na ang sistemang edukasyon sa ating bansa dahil pinaubaya ng gobyerno sa pribadong may-ari ng paaralan ang pasya sa taon-taon pagtaas ng tuition bunga ng deregulasyon sa edukasyon. Idagdag pa rito ang mas matinding komersyalisasyon at ang malaking pagkaltas sa pondo ng edukasyon kapalit ng pagbabayad ng utang panlabas.”

    “Kaya ang mga nagsisipagtapos sa kolehiyo mula sa iba’t ibang kurso ay dagdag sa paglobo ng bilang ng walang hanapbuhay dahil hindi tugma ang mga kurso sa demand ng ating lipunan at sanhi ito ng colonial, profit-oriented at unscientific na sistema sa edukasyon at ang nagiging solusyon na lamang ay maghanap ng magandang kinabukasan sa ibang bansa.”

    “Sa kanayunan ay batbat pa din ng kahirapan,patuloy ang dislokasyon ng magsasaka sa lupa na pangunahin na kanyang pinagkukunan ng kabuhayan. Malawakan ang konbersyon ng mga lupang sakahin,mataas pa din ang halaga ng mga abono at pestesidyo, at walang kakayahan ang magsasaka na magtakda ng halaga para sa kanilang sariling produkto na hanggang sa ngayon ay kontrolado pa rin ng mga mamimili(traders) at ang pagkainutil ng rehimeng Pnoy na ipatupad ang sosyalisado na pamamahagi ng lupain.”

    “Hindi natin makita kung saan patungo ang tuwid na daan ni P-NOY. Tama lamang na labanan ang korapsyon pero hindi ito ang lunas sa kahirapan. Hangga’t namamayagpag at patuloy na umiiral ang sistemang kapitalismo sa ating bansa, lalala ang kahirapan at lalaganap ang kagutuman.”

    “Wakasan ang sistemang Kapitalismo tungo sa pagkakamit ng Makatao at Makatarungang Pamumuhay! Isulong ang makataong programa sa pabahay! Aksesibol na serbisyong Pangkalusugan! Seguridad sa Hanapbuhay ng Manggagawa! Sapat na Pagkain sa Hapag-kainan!”

    Like

  4. Pingback: [People] TALKING POINTS on HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATIONER 2011 By Dr. Renato Mabunga | Human Rights Online Philippines

  5. Pingback: [Letter to the Editor] Reaction to DTI’s opposition to two labor legislation – CTUHR | Human Rights Online Philippines

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s