Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines Tuesday, July 24, 2012
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PNoy bares
nation’s gains

President Benigno Aquino III yesterday said the Philippines that was once the sick man of Asia now brims with vitality, pointing out that in the first quarter of 2012, it registered the highest growth rate in the Southeast Asian region.

Aquino, in his third State of the Nation Address yesterday afternoon that lasted over an hour and a half, and was interrupted by applause more than 100 times, said “We have cut wasteful spending, held offenders accountable for their actions, and showed the world that the Philippines is now open for business under new management.”

He pointed out that in the first quarter of 2012, the Philippines’ GDP grew by 6.4 percent, “much higher than projected, the highest growth in the Southeast Asian region, and the second only to China in the whole of Asia.”moremoremore

Landowners seek
CARP due process


Sugar leaders yesterday said they respect President Benigno Aquino’s need to enforce the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program because it is a law, but asked him to ensure that due process is observed in its implementation.

Aquino, in his third State of the Nation Address yesterday, said “My mother initiated the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program. It is only just that this program sees its conclusion during my term.”

“We are improving the system, so that we can more swiftly and more efficiently realize agrarian reform. The government is doing everything in its power to ensure that our farmers can claim as their own the land they have tilled and nurtured with their sweat,” he also said.

Negrense leaders
laud SONA

Negrense and Bacolod government and private sector leaders yesterday  hailed  the State of the Nation Address of President Benigno Aquino III for the gains made by his administration in the past year, while others  said there  was some aspects lacking.

Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) said the president’s SONA  had “more detailed directions. More clear cut targets”.

Bacolod Rep. Anthony Golez said he was glad with the progress that the current administration has brought to the country and  promised to support the various projects of the president  that will further improve the lives of Filipinos.moremoremore

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