The 2013 State of the Nation Address Technical Report

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INTRODUCTION

We are at a critical point and the next three years will be crucial to our development agenda. With the new mandate vested by the midterm elections to our leaders at the national and local levels, we put in partners for our good governance reforms and social intervention programs to be sustained, expanded, and accelerated.

When we assumed office in mid-2010, guided by the campaign battle cry “kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap,” we committed to restore people’s trust in our public institutions, provide them wider participation in governance, and ensure that the poor and vulnerable benefit from the fruits of our development efforts.*

Our people and the international community bear witness to the national transformation that has occurred as we endeavored to deliver on our commitments the past three years. Through our good governance reforms, we created a climate of confidence and optimism that translated to economic dividends, allowing us to devote more resources to our priority programs and projects.

To achieve this, we shall continue our bias for the poor and marginalized; further sharpen our focus on their needs, cushion the impacts of economic, social, and environmental hazards on their lives, and provide them the

social protection that will allow them to break free from the cycle of poverty.

These we shall strive to achieve, as we endeavor to preserve present and future gains towards our overarching goal, making them irreversible, with our people, the President’s bosses, playing a critical role.

Despite these, we are deeply aware that we have an unfinished agenda—inclusive growth, where the poor fully share in the dividends of economic development, remains a challenge. To achieve this, we shall continue our bias for the poor and marginalized; further sharpen our focus on their needs, cushion the impacts of economic, social, and environmental hazards on their lives, and provide them the social protection that will allow them to break free from the cycle of poverty.

These we shall strive to achieve, as we endeavor to preserve present and future gains towards our overarching goal, making them irreversible, with our people, the President’s bosses, playing a critical role.

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