In his fifth state of the nation address, President BS Aquino made many claims to prove that he deserves the public’s continued “trust” and to bolster his record as Chief Executive.
Let’s take a close look at some of those claims.
The Philippines’ de facto messaging standard is still text messaging. Most Filipinos have at least one phone and could be reached by relatives, friends, schoolmates and officemates via text message.
While not all may have data subscriptions to be able check extreme weather news on Twitter or the websites of PAGASA and Project NOAH, the government knows for a fact that it could easily, cheaply and quickly send text messages to citizens.Continue reading →
The January-March 2014 issue of Budget Facts and Figures, a newsletter released by the Senate’s Legislative Budget Research and Monitoring Office, reveals that the government expects state colleges and universities (SCU) to generate an income of P7.3-billion from tuition fee collections and another P4.04-billion in “other income collected from students” for fiscal year 2014.
These two items comprise 70.5 percent of expected total SCU income of P16.08-billion for 2014. Continue reading →