It is more than 30 days since President Noynoy Aquino assumed the presidential office–more than third of the traditional 100-day honeymoon supposedly accorded a new president. It is a worrying trend that the pace has not been as fast as one would expect from a presient with a reform agenda.
One, not all key appointments, especially at the secretary, undersecretary, assistant secretary, and key director levels, are finished. This basically creates vacuums in many departments, bureaus, and specialized agencies. In addition, some of the appointments seems questionable, from the point of view of the reform agenda itself and its main subject matter, corruption in high levels of government.
Two, we have been titillated with accounts and stories of corruption or mismanagement in government but precious few action-oriented directives. The Truth Commission has not yet been constituted although it is supposed to be a key component of the anti-corruption priority.
Three, many aspects of the development framework or the program of governance are still missing or at least not known by the broad public. These were supposed to be articulated in the State of the Nation Address last July 26 but the President chose to concentrate on his most important priorities. The unspoken ones have yet to be heard such as his policy on the impending power crisis, climate change, environmental issues, land reform, human rights violations, and exploitation of mining and oil resources.
There is also the enormous problem of the various appointments, laws, executive orders, policies, and projects that the GMA administration left behind that not only eat up into the government resources but actually block his own agenda and program. These have to be address immediately and surely.
The slow pace may eat into the admittedly huge political capital that President Aquino accumulated in the last electoral contest. however, it may also encourage the political opposition to highlight the deficiencies of the administration–even if these were actually inherited from the Arroyo and earlier administrations.
The least one can expect is that President Noynoy Aquino can complete his plan, resources, and manpower in the first 100 days and may therefore be in a position to meet head-on the political landmines and the challenges of normal governance his administration face.