Fruits of administration’s good governance advocacy seen in increased budgets of government agencies and approvals from international credit rating companies, Aquino says
STA. BARBARA, Iloilo, Apr 11 (Mabuhay) — President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Wednesday that the fruits of his administration’s good governance advocacy can be seen in the increased budgets of government agencies that provide basic services and in the approval ratings accorded by international credit rating companies due to the country’s progress to break free from the shackles of graft and corruption that has long bound and prevented it from taking off.
After only two years and nine months in Office implementing strict reforms to weed out graft and corruption, cut inefficient government spending and bring down the time to complete projects, the President said that the Departments of Social Welfare and Development, Education, Health and Public Works and Highways now enjoy bigger budgets which they can use for the benefit of the people.
The President said the DSWD now has a 260 percent increase in its budget with which it can use to bring more beneficiaries to the government’s pro-poor program: Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), which is now pegged at 3.85-million households; that the DepEd enjoys a 44 percent budget increase which it can now use to finally close the 66,800 classroom and books, tables and chairs deficit by the end of this year.
“Ang resulta: ang 66,800 na iniwan sa ating classroom backlog, mabubura na natin bago matapos ang taong ito; kaakibat ang pagtugon natin sa mga kakulangan sa libro, mesa at upuan ng ating mga mag-aaral,” the President said in a meeting with local leaders and the community here on Wednesday.
The President added that the DOH, whose budget has been increased by 78 percent, has been able to register 86 percent of Filipinos to the government’s health care program – Philhealth while the DPWH, long thought to be the most corrupt of government agencies, holds above board bidding processes and has cut down unnecessary spending and the time to complete projects; with its budget increase of 23 percent.
“Ang good news po: ang pinaka-kapuspalad nating mga kababayan ay makakapagpagamot na nang walang binabayaran ni isang kusing. Sa DPWH naman po, dalawampu’t tatlong porsyento na ang itinaas,” the President said.
“Dahil sa mabuting pamamahala, may tapat at patas nang bidding; natatapos natin ang proyekto nang mas mababang halaga ang ginagastos, at sa mas mabilis na panahon,” he added.
“Wala na pong tagas, wala na pong mga tongpats, wala nang mga paliko-likong transaksyon kung saan dumidiretso lang ang pondo sa bulsa ng kung sino,” he stressed.
The President further said that Fitch credit rating agency has taken notice of the government’s good governance advocacy and has recently rated the Philippines investment grade status.
“Ngayong mas may tiwala na sila sa atin, ngayong wala na silang dapat na ipagduda, mas may mataas na tayong kakayahan na pondohan ang ating mga makabuluhang serbisyong panlipunan,” the President said. (MNS)