PNoy: My gov't didn't focus on just one problem

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 14 2016 02:56 PM

MANILA – President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday once again trumpeted the gains achieved under his leadership, saying his administration took a holistic approach in governance.

Aquino, who will step down in about two weeks, said his government did everything to cater to the needs of almost all sectors, especially the impoverished ones.

''Sa ating termino, tinupad ng gobyerno ang tunay na mandato - ang pagsilbihan at bigyang lakas ang taumbayan. Tumutok tayo hindi lang sa iisang sektor o problema, kung 'di sa ibat ibang mga pangangailangan at mga nangangailangan,'' Aquino said during the Trainees' Day of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Aquino cited his administration's efforts in overhauling the basic education system, widening the reach of the national health insurance program, improving the conditional cash transfer program, and getting rid of government projects' backlogs.

''Malinaw po na ang nakamit nating tagumpay ay bahagi ng malawakang pagsisikap na tuparin ang ating panatang iwan ang ating bansa sa mas magandang sitwasyon kaysa sa ating dinatnan,'' he said.

''Sa Daang Matuwid, ginagawa natin ang tama at makatwiran, sinasagad ang pagkakataong makapaglingkod at tinututok ang serbisyo sa kapakanan ng mas nakararami."

Aquino also chided election victors who overpromise but have not yet proven anything.

''Hindi kayang gawin ng gobyerno na isang dikta lang - ngayon mahirap ka, bukas mayaman ka. Pero kayang gawin ng gobyerno na tulungan ka para maisagad lahat ng oportunidad na nandyan naman para mapagsamantalahan ng ating mga kababayan, at iyan ang pinilit natin,'' he said.

''Alam niyo, katatapos lang ng eleksyon, napakaraming nagsasabing may malasakit sila at tutulong silang solusyonan ang kahirapan. Madali pong sabihin iyon, pero matanong nga lang natin, ano po ba ang nagawa nila o balak nilang gawin?"

Aquino was jovial during entire speech, even cracking a joke once made by Senator-elect Joel Villanueva, who led the TESDA under his administration.

The bachelor president is set to be replaced by long-time Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who won on a campaign of stamping out criminality and corruption.