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MANILA, Philippines -- Aurora Representative Juan Edgardo Angara praised the gains in education cited by President Benigno Aquino III in his State of the Nation Address on Monday.
Angara acknowledged that, "we've got a lot of catching up to do and gaps to fill when it comes to our educational system," but said “Aquino touched on some things that point to how we as a country are moving in the right direction and making improvements in the right places."
In the SONA, Aquino sought a larger budget for education next year -- P292.7 billion -- or an increase of around 60 percent over 2010’s P177 billion.
He also acknowledged the backlogs in chairs and textbooks that he said would be answered by the Department of Education by the end of the year, and the classroom shortage that will be addressed next year.
Angara also said the SONA gave people “the feeling that your government is working for your interests and that your taxes are finally going where they should be going - to better public services, better roads, healthier kids, better-equipped schools, and more job opportunities."
"There is so much momentum for change to capitalize. All the more should we work doubly hard to enact the reforms we seek," he said.