Senators expect Marcos to be frank, state details on economic, education plan during SONA

Senators Francis “Chiz” Escudero and Joel Villanueva on Tuesday said they are expecting President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to inform the Filipinos about the “true and current” state of the Philippines as well as his plans for the country’s economy, education, and international relations in his first State of the Nation Address (SONA).

“In every SONA that I attend, I expect that the President will state, with frankness and candidness, (1) the true and current state of our nation, (2) outline his plans and programs for the ensuing year; and (3) inform Congress about his legislative agenda for the coming year until his next SONA in 2023,” Escudero told reporters in a text message.

Meanwhile, Villanueva is anticipating Marcos to provide plans for the country’s workers, particularly the government’s job creation program and the betterment of employees’ welfare.

“Nais po nating marinig sa unang SONA ni Pangulong Bongbong Marcos ang kanyang mga plano para sa ating mga manggagawa, mula sa paglikha ng trabaho hanggang sa pagsulong ng kanilang mga kapakanan, at pagsiguro ng kanilang kabuhayan at kita,” he said.

(In his first SONA, we want to hear President Bongbong Marcos’ plans for our workers, from the creation of jobs up to the measures that will improve their welfare, and his plans to ensure the livelihood of Filipinos.)

The lawmaker is also interested in Marcos’ plans for education and training which will open more opportunities for Filipinos.

Further, Villanueva wanted Marcos to lay out the direction of the country in terms of international relations amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the soaring prices of oil products.

“Isa rin po sa mahalagang malaman natin ay ang pananaw ng Pangulo sa Pilipinas bilang bahagi ng international community. Malaking factor po ang international affairs lalo na sa isyu gaya ng pandemya at pagtaas ng presyo ng langis, at importante ang relasyon natin sa ibang bansa pagdating sa usapin ng international trade and security,” he said.

(It is also important to know the President’s view of the Philippines as a member of the international community. International affairs is a huge factor especially in the issue of the pandemic, the soaring prices of oil, and also in terms of international trade and security.)

Aside from international issues, the legislator said the President must also inform the overseas Filipino workers about his plans with the newly-created Department of Migrant Workers.

“Ilan lamang po ito sa mga nais nating marinig sa SONA sapagkat nais po nating malaman kung paano po makikipagtulungan ang lehislatura at ang ehekutibo, lalo na sa ating adbokasiya ng trabaho,” he ended.

(These are just some of the issues that we want to hear in his first SONA. We want to know how the legislative department could work with the executive, especially on our advocacy on jobs.)

Senators JV Ejercito, Nancy Binay, and Robin Padilla earlier stated that they want Marcos to lay out his plans and programs for the next six years during his first SONA on July 25.

Opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros also urged Marcos to present the true condition of the Philippines in his first SONA.

The lawmaker said she is looking forward to the promises that Marcos had mentioned in his inaugural address last June 30.–AOL, GMA News

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