Even before President Benigno Aquino III delivers his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, the Office of the President has created a website where netizens can post their own SONAs.
The page, Ang SONA ko, has a message board where users can answer this question: Ano ang SONA mo?
"Kasama ka sa pagbabago. May saysay ang SONA ng bawat Pilipino," the website says.
Users have already taken the opportunity to leave messages for the President. "Good Morning, Sir. Have you eaten your breakfast already? If you have, good for you. Some 15.3 million Filipinos (or half of our country’s poor population) wake up every morning without food on the table," Valli Faith Estacion Bibit, who says she is a consultant at the House of Representatives, posted on the site.
Edwin Oliveros, an engineer with Saudi Aramco, wrote a post reminding Aquino that he was elected to also serve the interests of Overseas Filipino Workers. He said that raising Philippine Health Insurance Corp. premiums for OFWs seemed to contradict this. "Isang malaking suliranin na ang pagtaas ng Philhealth premiums na hindi naman talaga nagagamit ng nasa 80 percent ng mga OFW," he said.
Alaine Pernecita Allanigue, who identified herself as a writer for government-run People's Television Network, meanwhile said the entire country should contribute to Aquino's campaign of good governance.
The Office of the President said that although the SONA is an opportunity for the President to tell the country about the national situation and about his plans for the Philippines, it should also be a chance for people to come up with their own plans and ways to help out.
"Ang bawat Pilipino ay pinagkalooban ng sarili nating mga SONA dahil tayong lahat ay may kapangyarihang magbigay ng pag-asa at pagbabago—kaya nating kumilos para sa ikabubuti ng ating mga komunidad," it said.
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