Aquino ready for 2014
After taking a respite during the recent holiday season, President Benigno S. Aquino III is ready to buckle down to work and carry out the “great effort in 2014.”
Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma revealed the President’s “must-do list” this new year, including supervising the massive rebuilding plan in disaster-hit areas as well as promoting economic growth felt by all sectors.
“The President spent a quiet and private New Year, taking a much needed rest and preparing for the great effort in 2014: the reconstruction of Zamboanga, Central Luzon, Bohol and Yolanda-affected provinces,” Coloma said.
“Also in his must-do list is attaining the goal of inclusive economic growth that he considers to be the pivotal factor in transforming Philippine society,” the Palace official added.
Taking the advice of Health Secretary Enrique Ona to find time to relax from his hectic work, the President recently spent a three-day vacation in Baguio City. He was accompanied by some cabinet members and their families in the city of pines.
The President was back in public sight when he led the commemoration of Rizal Day in his home province of Tarlac last December 30. Coloma however did not say if the President welcomed the New Year in Tarlac or in Manila.
Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda, meanwhile, assured that the President and the cabinet do not make New Year’s resolutions but remain “committed to serve the Filipino people this coming year.”
Lacierda said they are also determined “to push for inclusive growth, and to continue the work of rehabilitation and recovery in areas affected by the calamities wrought in 2013.”
The President, in his recent New Year message, paid tribute to Filipinos for showing resilience amid the calamities and challenges in 2013. Aquino likewise called on Filipinos to stay on the straight path to sustain the the country’s growth and overcome challenges.
In describing the “last two minutes” of his term, Aquino also took the opportunity to reaffirm resolve to fight corruption and attain peace in Mindanao.
“Just as it is in basketball, we will continue to face challenges up to the very last second. We know that the dregs of the old system will not disappear easily; as we move closer to our shared triumph, they grow even more desperate, and continue in their attempts to derail our agenda,” the President said.
“We also know that there are more calamities in our future—calamities that will again try our stability as a nation. Despite all this, we are always ready to prove: even if corrupt elements try to sow disorder and mistrust, even if we are shaken by earthquakes or battered by typhoons, what will rise above all is our solidarity and strength as a nation,” he added.