Philipppines President's State of the Nation Address (SONA): Brief historical overview
Alfredo B. Ancheta
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In accordance with tradition, the president’s state of the nation address (SONA) coincides with the opening of the Joint Session of the First Regular Session Congress of the Philippines which is the 16th Congress for this year. It’s a significant event wherein the Chief Executive reports to the nation about the political and economic well-being of the country.
In view of historical references, this year’s SONA is the 26th since 1986 in which democracy was restored as provided for in the 1987 Constitution which specifically prescribes that it shall take place on the fourth Monday of July of each year. And the 73rd since 1936 during the Commonwealth period as provided for in the Jones Law of 1916.
SONA is a comprehensive reference point to measure a president's performance and accomplishments for the year just ended as well as the check point of what the chief executive is going to do for the current.year. It is a task the president has to do informing his master (the people) about the things he has already done and those things still to be done for the betterment of their welfare.