With charm and determination, she longs to impress the Queen by winning a spelling contest, but she studies to the point of exhaustion. And better than ever. The rascal first unleashed in No, David! The exaggerated shapes and slightly cartoonish poses of an array of students in all-too-familiar situations will have youngsters crowding together over the book at recess.
It was an accident! In this boisterous exploration of naughtiness, Shannon lobs one visual zinger after another as David, a little dickens, careens from one unruly deed to the next — coloring on the walls, tracking mud all over the carpet, jumping on the bed in red cowboy boots. Readers of all ages will vividly remember trying to peek at hidden gift packages; writing scrolls of wish lists to Santa; and struggling to behave at formal Christmas dinner parties. Always in the background, we know Santa Claus is watching, soon to decide if David deserves a shiny new fire truck or a lump of coal under the tree.
A surefire hit that is destined to be an annual classic. Camilla Cream loves lima beans, but she never eats them. And Camilla Cream is very, very worried about what other people think of her. One day down on the farm, Duck got a wild idea. He waddled over to where the boy parked his bike, climbed on and began to ride. At first he rode slowly and he wobbled a lot, but it was fun! Duck rode past Cow and waved to her. And so Duck rides past sheep, horse, and all the other barnyard animals.
Suddenly, a group of kids ride by on their bikes and run into the farmhouse, leaving the bikes outside. Now ALL the animals can ride bikes, just like Duck!
Spencer has too many toys! His father trips over them, his mother falls over them, and the house is overflowing with junk. Now its time to give some of the mountain of goodies away, but Spencer finds it hard. She has a magic wand, fairy wings, and a blanket, all of which she uses to disappear, to fly, to transform her dad into a horse, and to turn his cookies into her own! Follow Fergus as he experiences the perfect doggy day—well, except for his bath, of course!
Bestselling storyteller David Shannon instantly hooks readers with this stunning, highly entertaining tour-de-force! Breathtaking oil paintings bursting with energy pull readers along into Big Lake, the home of Jangles, the biggest fish anyone has seen. Fishing alone at dusk, a boy feels a tug on his line and comes face-to-face with the gigantic trout—whose enormous jaw is covered with so many lures and fish hooks that he jingles and jangles when he swims. Terrified by the sight, the boy is shocked when Jangles befriends him and takes him on an adventure to the bottom of the lake. A surprise ending will leave readers laughing and shaking their heads.
Is something bugging you? Bestselling award-winner David Shannon shows the funny side of waging war against—oh no! This book is guaranteed to make you laugh—and itch! From the opening picture of a happy, oversized louse appearing with his suitcases, you know these bugs are determined to stay, and Mom is about to go nuts!
Nobody talks about them, but they are everywhere. Some estimate 20 million children a year host them. Oh the shame and humiliation of having bugs in your hair! Ito ang pangako ko sa inyo: Ito ay tutuparin ko rin. Ang aking susunod na digmaan ay laban sa mga tiwali sa pamahalaan at sa mga tao ng pribadong sektor na nakikipagsabwatan sa kanila. Graft and corruption weakens the the moral fabric of our people, robs the poor, increases the costs of doing business, erodes tax collection efforts, and drives away investments. The World Bank estimates that at least 20 percent of government project funds ends up as kickbacks.
We can no longer fight corruption piecemeal. We need a comprehensive approach that would reduce opportunities for corruption; remove needless regulations and simplify procedures; eradicate the need to recover electoral expenses by corrupt means; increase public vigilance both to deter and to detect commissions of graft; reform budget processes; improve meritocracy in the civil service; target selected departments and agencies for cleansing; increase the efficiency and speed in catching offenders and their prosecution; stiffen sanctions against corruption partnerships with the private sector; and support judicial reform to make the courts part of the solution rather than part of the problem.
The courts should not allow themselves to be used as a refuge for scoundrels. I warn all departments and agencies of government to brace themselves, especially those consistently listed in surveys and studies on government corruption. I will be submitting to Congress an urgent bill creating an anti-graft and corruption commission. This bill will provide the government with the necessary powers and resources to combat this long-festering cancer in our society.
I also urge Congress to pass the anti-racketeering bill with anti-money laundering provisions. Pigilin, supilin, sugpuin ang graft and corruption! As the war on graft intensifies, the war on poverty continues. Our premise is that the most effective way of eradicating poverty is through sound, noninflationary growth and development. This, however, must be complemented by focused interventions that aim directly at poverty reduction.
Hence, the high priority accorded by my government to agriculture and the rural areas, education, health, housing, agrarian reform. Agriculture, after a momentary dip in the first quarter from the 6 percent growth in , resumed its robust performance with a 4. In education, last year we constructed thousands of new classrooms, provided hundreds of thousands of new desks, addressed the teacher shortage problem, and proposed improvements to the curricula to meet both global standards and local needs.
In partnership with the private sector, we have extended assistance to students by providing them access to the Internet. In health, we launched a parallel importation program to bring down the market prices of medicines drastically and make them affordable to the poor. For the month period from July to May , more than , households were provided with housing units. This represents 52 percent of the target households to be sheltered in Metro Manila and surrounding provinces. In agrarian reform, our government has distributed a total of , hectares of land to , farmers.
We continued to lay the groundwork for future growth with continuing advances in the construction and completion of major roads and water supply basins, in the energizing of our barangays, We have been implementing the Clean Air Act, among others, by phasing out leaded gasoline in Metro Manila ahead of schedule. We have been removing massive debris from the Pasig River, including sunken vessels, and we continue rehabilitation works on Laguna Lake and its tributaries.
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We terminated the customs valuation and surveillance contract with the SGS. We not only saved P4. We pushed the passage of the e-Commerce Act, for which I thank Congress. This makes the Philippines only the fourth Asian country to have such a law. We are among the very few countries whose legal systems now recognize that trade and financial transactions are shifting away from the physical and the paper-based world to the rapid electronic highways of the Internet.
Tonight, I will be leaving for my official visit to the United States. Since I last addressed you, our economy as a whole has experienced moderate growth, low inflation, low interest rates, strong exports, a healthy balance of payments, and record-high international reserves. In , our GDP grew by 3. In the first quarter of the current year , GDP rose by 3.
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Not spectacular, but at least I would say respectable. The industry sector reversed its 3. Our inflation rate was 6. Interest rates remained low. The day Treasury bill rates stayed below 9 percent since the last week of June Correspondingly, commercial bank lending rates also remained soft. Because of the rise in private consumption expenditures, the government pulled back from the pump-priming activities it had engaged in to counteract the recessionary effects of the Asian crisis. The deficit for the first five months of the current year was P The recent weaknesses in the foreign exchange rate of the peso cannot therefore be attributed to our macroeconomic fundamentals.
Our fundamentals are by any standards respectable—except to those who refuse to see. The depreciation of the peso is the result largely of a new Asian crisis contagion: Other currencies in the region have been weakening due to political factors and the strength of the US economy and the US dollar. If the peso had not adjusted accordingly, our exports would have become less competitive. Obviously, the nervousness about the potential implications of the Mindanao conflict on the economy also contributed to the depreciation of the peso. We were thus witness to a paradox: strong exports, large external trade and payment surpluses, and record levels of international reserves side by side with a depreciating peso.
That paradox, in fact, might be a harbinger of some dark clouds coming back. After a brief period of recovery from the financial crisis, the Asian region is suffering from a mild relapse. As mentioned, currency exchange rates are depreciating. Oil prices have gone up substantially.
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Unemployment is rising. And investments are nervously staying away from the East Asian region as a whole. As we take a long, hard look at the future, what we see is the need for long, hard work ahead. Under threat of a national and regional slowdown, we must keep working at the basics which, because they had been forgotten, led to the Asian crisis in the first place. We must keep up the pace of reforms, particularly by improving governance all around. I must confess, however, that I find the faddish word reform as too weak and wimpish.
What I believe the Philippine economy needs is not just reforms but radical restructuring. Many are asking why is it that other Asian countries, which went through a worse crisis than we did, actually grew faster on the rebound. One reason is that we recovered from a higher base, they from a lower one. A more fundamental reason is that the very structure of the Philippine economy today was inherited from past decades of import substitution and protective policies, aggravated by economic mismanagement and corruption.
Our industrial base is thin. Due to decades of neglect, our agricultural productivity is low. Our population growth rate is high. And our technology is on a catch-up mode. Rectifying these decades of historical errors and lapses will take much more than two years of any presidency. Radical restructuring entails the modernization of the economy, both physically and electronically, to make it more productive, efficient, and globally competitive.
Physically, the sunset industries we have inherited from the past must yield to the sunrise industries of the Internet age. Agriculture must go through a total technological conversion, and our education must catch up with the 21st century. In the meantime, we must lay the basic foundations, the infrastructure, for enabling these modernizations to happen.
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In fact, infrastructure is our response both to our long-term and our short-term needs. The expected slowdown in private consumption and investments must be counteracted by a new wave of pump-priming. One billion dollars of this can be readily used for the rehabilitation and development of Mindanao.
We will attack the institutional defects and bureaucratic bottlenecks that have prevented the government in the past from utilizing the ODAs. There are also development funds abroad that can be made available provided they are used for major road projects here in Luzon. These we will seek to utilize. In addition, I ask you to approve my proposal in the budget to double the appropriations for foreign-assisted projects.
As we build our infrastructure, so shall we build our information superhighway. In fact, instead of just retracing the history of other faster-growing countries, we have decided to leapfrog from the so-called old economy to the new economy using information technology, including e-commerce, to fast-track our productivity and our competitiveness.
In the 1, remaining days of my presidency, there is more to come. Let me share with you a few highlights of my vision for the future, which consists both of continuities from the past and of quantum leaps into new beginnings. The economy will grow by an average of 5 percent during my term.
My critics say that this target is not ambitious and lower than that of our Asian neighbors. I should remind them that this growth rate is much higher than what we achieved in the past. And if I can, for the first time, defeat the boom-bust cycle, my successor will have a good shot at achieving tiger economy growth rates. We will concentrate on providing both socialized and affordable housing for the poor and the wage earners. Housing is a basic human need and generates employment, which is a recession antidote.
We must by all means prevent another Payatas by encouraging the reduction, segregation, recycling, and composting of garbage, and by using alternative state-of-the-art technologies. We will continue with our program of deregulation and liberalization. We will push through with the privatization of a number of our government corporations that have been identified and prioritized. We will convert the power sector into a competitive, market-driven industry. This aim is to ensure a higher and more reliable power supply at lower cost to commercial and residential users.
Now, may I urge Congress to pass the Power Bill as a matter of high priority. We will push through further with reforms that strengthen our institutions. In line with this, I ask Congress to pass the new Central Bank Act, which will empower the government to add to the durability and responsiveness of what already is one of the soundest banking systems in all of Asia.
The Philippines will rapidly evolve into a center for software programming and a base for hosting and providing Internet services. As we now excel in the export of electronic products and semiconductors, we are also fast becoming a major link in the limitless world of the Internet. Scheduled for signing during my trip to the US are memoranda of agreement with Oracle Inc. By linking up our schools to the world of the Internet and the cyber world, the Philippines educational system will take a giant stride in coverage and quality.
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