Independence Day speech: PNoy says his administration generated more jobs, is achieving "freedom from hunger"-SWS contradicts claims

( President Noynoy Aquino listed the results of a year’s worth of efforts to improve the country in his Independence Day speech at the Quirino Grandstand yesterday, June 12, reports GMA News. Included in his list are: the creation of new jobs for Filipinos and gains in rice production. The speech is said to be a preview of the President’s State of the Nation Address in July.

Aquino announced that his administration has been successful in generating more jobs and for improving rice production, decreasing the country’s need to import rice to only 800,000 metric tons."Ito na nga po ang kalayaang hangad ng aking ama: ang makamit ang unang kalayaan-ang kalayaan ng mga Pilipino mula sa gutom (This is the freedom my father wanted: to achieve the first type of freedom-the freedom of Filipinos from hunger).

However, previous Social Weather Stations (SWS) surveys contradicted some of the president’s claims. In a survey last month, SWS reported that unemployed Filipinos rose from 9.9 million in November 2010 to 11.3 million in March this year. Critics also spurned the claim, saying that the only available jobs were in call centers. Despite gains in rice production, an April survey also revealed that the number of hungry Filipinos rose to 20.5 percent this year compared to the 18.1 percent in November 2010.

Aquino also disclosed some of his plans, including the use of environment-friendly e-tricycles, as well as some key points of his upcoming SONA like the postponement of elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, limiting the perks of government officials, and the pocket open skies policy, reports a separate GMA story.  

In his speech, the President also carped on his predecessor, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, declaring that he is still fixing the corruption from the last decade.

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The country celebrating Independence Day seen on 24 Oras yesterday.

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