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Former President Benigno Aquino III Died At Age Of 61

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Many Filipinos have offered their heartfelt condolences to Former President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III who died at the age of 61 on Thursday morning (June 24, 2021) according to former Malacañang officials

According to a source who worked as a top Cabinet member during the administration of former President Corazon Aquino, Aquino died around 4:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Capitol Medical Center in Quezon City and later confirmed by CNN Philippines .

Later that day, the family members held a press conference and saying that “Be happy now with Dad and Mom” his family says. It was later told by them that Aquino has died due to renal disease.

Popularly known as “Noynoy”, he served as the Philippines’ 15th president from 2010 until 2016. Aquino, an economist by degree, worked in the family sugar company until entering politics in 1998. He was a representative in the House of Representatives for three terms until becoming a senator in 2007.

Former President Aquino was the sole child of the late Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. and former President Corazon Aquino.

The sensational assassination of Ninoy Aquino in 1983 shocked the country. He had been in exile in the United States since fleeing Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos’ martial regime. He traveled back to Manila, determined to restore democracy to his nation, only to be murdered upon arriving.

Tens of thousands of people joined the outpouring of grief, fueling a pro-democracy movement that prompted President Marcos to announce a quick election in February 1986.

Major Accomplishments

The key achievements of the Aquino administration throughout his term are the following:

  1. The shift in other nation’s perceptions of the Philippines in terms of corruption.
  2.  the 6.2 percent average annual GDP growth, the highest in the last 40 years, adding the country also strengthened consumer prices and achieved steady inflation at an average of 1.4 percent at the end of 2015.
  3. The increase employment rate from 92.7 percent in 2010 to 94.2 percent in January 2016. The unemployment rate of 5.8 percent is the lowest that the country has posted in the last several decades, according to the Palace official.
  4. Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, 7.7 million Filipinos were lifted out of poverty.
  5. The country’s investment in infrastructure was also increased from 1.8 percent of GDP in 2010 to about 5 percent of GDP this year.
  6. The government also intensified universal health care and heightened access to quality health care including the Universal Health Care program of PhilHealth that now covers 93.45 million Filipinos.
  7. In the education sector, 89,720 classrooms are constructed from 2010 to March 2016, with another 95,429 scheduled for construction. This is coming from a shortage of 66,800 classrooms in 2010 and more than double the number of classrooms built from 2005 to 2009. The 1:1 ratio of textbooks to students was also achieved. Furthermore, 170,000 additional teachers were hired, Coloma said.
  8. The provision of technical assistance to more than 10 million youths who are now properly equipped with training skills and certification to join the local and foreign workforce or put up their own business.
  9. The Aquino government also made major strides in modernizing the Armed Forces of the Philippines with approximately P60 billion allotted for military capability upgrading projects under the AFP Modernization and Capability Upgrade program, or Republic Act 10349, enacted in December 2012.
  10. Under the government watch, weather forecasting was also improved, many trees were planted through a national greening program, and projects to address flooding in different parts of the country were carried out.
  11. To address traffic decongestion, the government acquired 48 new coaches for MRT-3 with the final delivery expected in January 2017. The government also launched the LRT-1 extension project which will connect Baclaran to Niyog in Cavite through additional eight stations. Other projects include the LRT-2 extension to Masinag, which is expected to be operational by the third quarter of 2017, and MRT-7 that will run from North Avenue in Quezon City to San Juan Del Monte in Bulacan. The Skyway Stage 3 is now also being constructed. It will link NLEX and SLEX via an elevated toll road and cut travel time between Buendia in Makati and Balintawak in Quezon City from two hours to just 20 minutes. This project is scheduled for completion in April 2017, Coloma reported. At the same time, the government also launched the 12.3-kilometer Manila Bus Rapid Transit system from Quezon Memorial Circle to Manila City Hall. A similar system is being developed in Cebu.

These are just some of the few achievements but these really gave major ease to almost all Filipinos.

Mabuhay at Paalam Pangulong Noynoy Aquino. 

References:

https://pcoo.gov.ph/palace-official-sums-up-accomplishments-of-aquino-government-in-six-years/

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/06/23/asia/philippines-benigno-noynoy-aquino-dies-intl-hnk/index.html

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