Educational System and Current Issues
On July 23, 2012, President Benigno Simeon Cojuanco Aquino III gave his State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Batasang Pambansa in Commonwealth, Quezon City. The State of the Nation Address is an annual event, where the current president gives a speech about the government’s achievements, problems, and projects which would benefit the Philippines. Most of the people look forward to this important event because they would want to hear the good, or bad news that the president would say in his speech.
The highlights of President Benigno Aquino III’s State of the Nation Address this year are: that children get free education, 85% of Filipinos became Philhealth members, more budgets on education and renovations on roads and public facilities. More airports are also being constructed in remote areas to make transportation easier, available anywhere and anytime to commuters. Rice will be exported rather than imported from other countries and more jobs will be created and available both abroad and local employment. Advancement in the Military facilities and equipment, modernization of PAGASA’s weather forecasting and disaster preparedness equipment called “Project NOAH”. The government will also monitor the Scarborough Shoal and the Spratly Islands, and control the corruption in the government. The president mentioned about the future projects which shouldn’t have been mentioned, because it might not even be addressed. He should have only mentioned the projects that the government will surely do, and that it should be for the good of all and not only for the good of the few. I think that the president should have mentioned about the health problems in the country and what diseases cause the most deaths and what should be done to prevent rather than its cure. He should have also acknowledged the Overseas Filipino Workers who continuously sacrificed to be away from the country and their families but who contribute to the economy through their remittances whom we also called the “Mga Bagong Bayani”.
As a Filipino, I really appreciate his effort to fulfill some of his promises may it be half baked or well done and I can see that his works last year especially in the field of education were sincerely taken cared of. Today, as he stated his promises for this year, I’m looking forward for these especially in the increase of budget for education field. There has a sustained budget increases for primary and tertiary education from school year 2010-2012 according to PNOY, I can sense that he has the desire to make all these possible and to really double his effort in this field where the future of the youth are involved. He also pointed out his promise last year about the implementation of K to 12 program in response to the need to improve the competitiveness of the country’s graduates as the ten-year basic education cycle is seen as inadequate for work and higher education of the Department of Education (DepEd). Fortunately, it actually done and approved today because the program seeks to provide more time for mastery of concepts and skills, to develop lifelong learners, and to prepare graduates for tertiary education, middle-level skills development, employment, and entrepreneurship. Also, the approval of Republic Act 10157, an act institutionalizing the kindergarten education into the basic education system and appropriating funds signed on January 20, 2012. Grades 1 and 7 or incoming first year high school will be the first to undergo the K to 12 elementary and junior high school curriculum.
PNOY promised that by the start of classes in 2013, the Department of Education (DepEd) would have erased the 66,800 classroom backlog that was inherited from past Administrations, with the help of partners from the public and private sectors. The estimated cost for this is P53.44 billion. The private sector will assist in erasing the classroom backlog, PNOY said. School seat shortage decreased from 2,573,212 in school year 2010-2011 to 1.29 million in school year 2011-2012. Students are expected to have the completion within 2012.