SONA 2014 salient points for reaction paper

High school students across the country will surely be required to submit a reaction paper on the 2014 SONA. Here are the salient points.

SONA 2014 reaction paper
  • President Benigno Aquino III started to deliver his fifth State of the Nation Address at 4:03 PM.
  • recalls the past when the Philippines was still considered as the "sick man of Asia."
  • tackles the Disbursment Acceleration Program (DAP)
  • cites use of DAP funds to help TESDA scholars
  • talks about the expanded Conditional Cash Tranfer (CCT) Program, also known as Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps
  • government improved the country's economy, managed well its debt
  • cites the country's investment grade status (achievement of investor grade rating from credit rating agencies in 2013)
  • mentions the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO's) lifting of significant aviation safety concerns for the country
  • we will show the world that the Philippines is open for business
  • budget for infrastructure projects have been doubled without raising taxes
  • P28 billion savings at the Department of Public Works and Highways
  • opportunities for corruption in the DPWH have been cut
  • 2,184 kilometers of national roads were completed
  • seven Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects worth P62.6 billion were approved, awarded
  • TPLEX Expressway to reach Rosario, La Union soon
  • various infra projects enumerated including the Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Dike to help reduce flooding, ease traffic
  • mentions the Zamboanga siege, P3.5 billion alloted for infra projects, housing in Zamboanga
  • mentions rehabilitation efforts in earthquake-hit Bohol, Typhoon Yolanda affected provinces
  • thanks the international community (friends and neighboring countries) for Yolanda aid
  • 221,897 jobs created for the making of equipment, tools for livelihood of Yolanda survivors
  • discussed the purchase of aircrafts, helicopters, assault rifles, and radar system under the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) modernization program
  • mentions the achievement of the 1:1 police to pistol ratio
  • cites the Philippine National Police "Oplan: Lambat" and "Oplan: Katok" in fighting crimes, says perpetrators behind high-profile killings have been arrested
  • police operations led to improved internal security situation
  • says reforms at the Bureau of Customs (BOC) are underway; customs collection increased due to reforms, BOC "reset"
  • cites the signing of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro; pushes for passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law before year-end
  • delays in building of new power plants need to be addressed; government looking for solutions to looming power shortage
  • says government will import more rice to bring down prices in the domestic market
  • distribution of modern farming equipment has started
  • proposes for the passage of a Supplemental Budget for 2014 in congress
  • Aquino hits the administration's critics, saying that the loudest ones don't want reforms
  • says his critics are against the Filipino people
  • Basis for choosing country's next leader in 2016: Sino ang walang dudang magpapatuloy sa transpormasyong ating isinasakatuparan?
  • Aquino: The Filipino is worth living for, the Filipino is definitely worth fighting for.
  • The President's SONA ended at 5:34 pm
  • He was applauded at least 87 times during the speech
Those who want more SONA 2014 salient points may refer to the full transcript on this page.