Palace: Aquino to continue reforms during last 2 years of term

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Monday, June 30, 2014

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III's administration will continue to remain focused in fulfilling its social contract with the Filipino people as it marked its fourth year in office, Malacanang said Monday.

"Throughout these past years, we have remained focused on the commitments we outlined in our social contract with Filipinos," said Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda in a regular press briefing.

In the remaining two years of the administration, he said the President and his team will continue the active pursuit of a Philippines "where no one is left behind, capitalizing on the many significant gains we have collectively achieved."

The Presidential Spokesperson said that inclusive growth for all means sharing the responsibility of nation building.

"We are all reminded that the task of nation building is not left to government alone, and that each of us must put our country above ourselves as we work toward realizing our shared aspiration: a truly just and equitable society," he added.

Asked to rate the performance of the current government for the past four years, Lacierda refused to do so, noting that it could be self-serving.

"If I will give you a number, it's something that some people will say will be self-serving. But I think what you would like to see is that whether we are—we continue to pursue a policy of governance that would benefit all. A set of policies that would truly strive to reduce poverty, increase its social safety nets, improve its social programs, giving access to the poorest of the poor in terms of education, health. These are the main concerns, basic concerns of the people, and we continue to pursue all these goals, making sure that we alleviate poverty, and all the other concerns that most Filipinos and every Filipino would be concerned with," he explained.

Meanwhile, Aquino will grace the celebration of the 67th anniversary of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) in Clark Field, Pampanga on Tuesday.

"The Commander-in-Chief will give thanks to the men and women of the Philippine Air Force, and will speak about additional capability enhancements that the administration is undertaking to enable our uniformed services to effectively meet the challenges of their responsibilities," Lacierda said.

Part of the PAF modernization is the acquisition of 12 FA-50 lead-in fighter trainer jets from South Korea, he said.

Lacierda said the Department of Budget and Management has released a Special Allotment Release Order for the P18.9-billion project.

"With this, we can only expect the PAF to further improve its capacity to carry out its mandate as the 'First Force,' not only in times of calamity but also in times of stability," he said.

Aquino will step down from office on noon of June 30, 2016 after a six-year term. (SDR/Sunnex)

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