• Aquino: Social services, infrastructure projects benefit more Filipinos


    President Benigno Aquino 3rd said his administration has been delivering substantial vital social and basic services and infrastructure projects that benefit more Filipinos without raising taxes.


    “We didn’t raise taxes except for sin tax. We improve what they call the tax collection—or tax administration, the collection efficiencies from 12 (percent) to 13.6 (percent),” he said in an interview on ANC aired on Tuesday night.


    President Aquino bared his administration aims to increase the enrollment coverage of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) and build more classrooms during the remaining months of its term.


    “We started out with 66,000 as a backlog. I think we will finish something like 180,000 classrooms to take care of the old, (those) damaged by all of the disasters, the K-12 (Basic Education Program) requirements and so on and so forth,” he said.


    The Chief Executive noted that family-beneficiaries of the government’s anti-poverty initiative, the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program, have already reached 4.4 million.


    “CCT… (from) 780,000 households to 4.4 million households then expanding it to high school. We had the first batch graduate last year. Over 300,000 (graduates) and over 13,000 ‘yung honor students,” he said.


    Further, President Aquino cited the country’s irrigation infrastructures which were also funded without raising taxes.


    “For repair and maintenance, they (National Irrigation Administration) would do it 200 percent of target. Actually, more than 200 percent,” he added. PNA


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