Marcos' SONA 2023: time, highlights, livestream, coverage

MANILA, Philippines – President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will deliver his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 24, 2023 at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City.

Marcos' SONA 2023: time, highlights, livestream, coverage
President Bongbong Marcos will deliver his second State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 24, 2023.

Marcos will discuss his key policies and priorities as the country’s 17th Chief Executive. This includes accomplishments in the first year of his administration, and his programs and plans for the country and for the Filipino people.


Over 2,000 guests are expected to witness the address inside the plenary hall. Meanwhile, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said to deploy 22,000 security forces to man the premises and for border controls.


Marcos said his second SONA "will be a report to the nation as to what the situation has been, what happened in the last year since the last SONA, where we are now, what we have managed to do, and where we still have work to do."

Highlights of Marcos’ first SONA include the creation of the Philippine Development Plan for 2023 to 2028 to boost the country’s economy, and the efforts to address the rising prices and lack of supply of food by increasing the production of farmers by providing them financial and technical assistance.

The President also vowed to establish a national network of farm-to-market roads, moratorium on land amortization, agrarian reform beneficiary loans, promote the tourism industry, boost calamity response and strengthen government’s efforts against violence against women and children.

He also ordered the Department of Health (DOH) to boost the country’s health system to prevent a spike in COVID-19 cases, to promote more health centers and hospitals and to provide cheap medicines for the Filipino people.

The chief executive also discussed the government’s efforts to digitalize business transactions, prioritize infrastructure development, enhance public-private partnerships and modernize the old railway systems in the country.

He also highlighted his administration’s efforts to provide cheap and reliable energy, nuclear power plants, renewable energy, disaster resilience and freshwater supply.

President Marcos also stood firm to protect the welfare of the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and on the country’s foreign policy as he vowed not to abandon “even one square inch” of the country’s territory.

The Philippine president delivers the SONA every year to report the state of the country, unveil the government’s agenda for the coming year, and grab the opportunity to urge Congress to pass priority measures.

Article 7, Section 23 of the 1987 Constitution mandates the president to “address the Congress at the opening of its regular session.”


The traditional ceremony is expected to start at 4 p.m. as the president will arrive by air or land.

House Secretary General Reginald Velasco said RTVM will be directing BBM's second SONA contrary to earlier report that last year's director Paul Soriano will return for directorial duty.

The SONA 2023 will be aired via livestream on the government's channel PTV, Presidential Communications Facebook page, and RTVM YouTube channel.

Mainstream media like ABS-CBN, GMA-7, TV5 and CNN Philippines are expected to rely on centralized livestreaming service of RTVM for their updates and coverage.

NOTE: Stay tuned on The Summit Express for the coverage of Marcos' second SONA.

— The Summit Express

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