The House of Representatives is all set for President Benigno Aquino III’s final State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 27, 2015, with an expected audience of 2,700 guests consisting of legislators, members of the diplomatic corps, Cabinet officials and representatives from various sectors.
House Secretary General Marilyn Barua-Yap said some 1,500 security personnel from various military and law enforcement units will safeguard the Batasan Complex, while 3,500 more will be deployed outside the premises.
A no-fly zone will be declared within one kilometer around the Batasan complex by 1 PM Monday, Yap said.
Yap said that other government agencies are helping out with the preparations by providing additional budget and manpower to ensure the success of the event. These include the Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Metro Manila Development Authority, Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
She said the House has invited 10-year old Gwyneth Dorado, a grand finalist of the Asia’s Got Talent program, to lead the singing of the National Anthem in this year’s SONA.
The House will spend P2.2 million for this year's SONA, which will mainly go to food, preparation of documents and other materials, and sprucing up the complex, Yap said.