State of the Nation Address 2014: When will it be, what issues will be tackled in 5th SONA?

President Benigno Aquino III will deliver his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) at Batasang Pambansa Complex on July 28, 2014.

Aquino SONA

The annual address, which will take place during a joint session of the Philippine Congress, is the Chief Executive's way to inform citizens about the status of the country, his accomplishments for the past year, as well as promises and plans for the nation's future.

Among other issues, Aquino will likely tackle the following:
  • The government's rehabilitation efforts for typhoon survivors in 'Yolanda' hit areas in Visayas and families affected by the Zamboanga City siege;
  • Successful filing of graft and plunder cases against senators and other individuals involved in the multi-billion peso Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam and their detention;
  • Accomplishments relative to the modernization program of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and how it will boost the country's defense capabilities amid a territorial dispute with China; and
  • Projects funded under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) program and the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
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