PPI or­ga­nizes fed­er­al­ism sem­i­nars for jour­nal­ists

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THE PHILIP­PINE Press In­sti­tute (PPI), also known as the na­tional as­so­ci­a­tion of new­pa­pers is set to con­duct a two-day sem­i­nar-work­shops for jour­nal­ists on Un­der­stand­ing Fed­er­al­ism in the Philip­pine Con­text on Oc­to­ber 8-10 in Cagayan de Oro City for Min­danao me­dia and Oc­to­ber 11-13 in Manila for Lu­zon and NCR me­dia.

The event is in part­ner­ship with the Pi­mentel In­sti­tute for Lead­er­ship and Gov­er­nance (PILG) and with sup­port from the Hanns Sei­del Foun­da­tion (HSF), a non­profit as­so­ci­a­tion funded mainly by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment of Ger­many,

The work­shops aim to dis­cuss the salient points of the draft char­ter on fed­er­al­ism, sig­nif­i­cant as­pects and char­ac­ter­is­tics of a fed­eral form of gov­ern­ment, and var­i­ous is­sues sur­round­ing the pro­posed fed­er­al­ism such as the al­lo­ca­tion of author­ity and power be­tween na­tional and state gov­ern­ments. tax­a­tion, and man­age­ment and dis­tri­bu­tion of nat­u­ral re­sources, to name a few. The Peace Process and Bangsamoro Or­ganic Law (BOL) will also be pre­sented.

Thirty jour­nal­ists for each leg are ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate in the two-day sem­i­nar whose pro­gram in­cludes a group ac­tiv­ity, a panel dis­cus­sion, and a mini-press con­fer­ence.

PPI ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor and trustee Ariel Se­bellino said that the ac­tiv­ity is the first ever me­dia-ini­ti­ated sem­i­nar-work­shop for jour­nal­ists that will fo­cus on the draft char­ter.

"We want to con­trib­ute to the dis­course and in a way, ed­u­cate the pub­lic and en­gage stake­hold­ers for in­sight­ful dis­cus­sion," he said. Se­bellino added that there's more to it than just the pros and cons. "We are not pro­mot­ing it or cam­paign­ing against it."

For­mer Se­na­tor Aquilino 'Nene' Pi­mentel Jr., re­garded as the fa­ther of the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Code, in sup­port to the Pro­posed Rec­om­men­da­tions of the Con­sti­tu­tional Com­mit­tee for

the Adop­tion of the Fed­eral Sys­tem of Gov­ern­ment for the Repub­lic of the Philip­pines, be­lieves that both Chris­tians and Mus­lims in­clud­ing the indige­nous peo­ples will ben­e­fit from the fed­er­ated re­gions. "I am con­fi­dent that law and or­der, lead­ing to peace and de­vel­op­ment will fol­low as a mat­ter of course,” Pi­mentel.

He lauded the Con­sti­tu­tional Com­mit­tee for its rec­om­men­da­tions that "now place the right of our peo­ple to mod­ern­ize our coun­try and de­velop them­selves at the doorsteps of the cit­i­zens of our Repub­lic who are re­sid­ing in the pro­posed Fed­er­ated Re­gions".

Among the more out­stand­ing pro­vi­sions rec­om­mended for in­clu­sion in the new Con­sti­tu­tion, he said, are the ar­ti­cles that as­sure our peo­ple ac­tual and speedy de­liv­ery of jus­tice. "For de­lay in the de­liv­ery of jus­tice is one of the most press­ing prob­lems of our land. And with­out jus­tice, our liv­ing lives wor­thy of hu­man be­ings would be im­pos­si­ble,” Pi­mentel added.

Pi­mentel will be the pro-fed­er­al­ism pan­elist in the Manila leg. Join­ing him in the panel are Malou Tiquia of Publi­cus Asia and Atty. Romel Ba­gares of the Cen­ter for In­ter­na­tional Law.

Goetz Heinicke, Res­i­dent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Hanns Sei­del Foun­da­tion in the Philip­pines said that Filipinos have to de­cide whether or not fed­er­al­ism makes sense for the Philip­pines. "As a for­eigner and vis­i­tor to this coun­try, I can­not and I do not have to an­swer this ques­tion. But I am quite proud to come from Ger­many, a fed­eral coun­try, in which Bavaria, “my fed­eral state,” has de­vel­oped from the poor­est state af­ter WWII to the best, rich­est and most at­trac­tive one to­day, thanks to the Fed­eral Sys­tem that we in­tro­duced in our new Con­sti­tu­tion in Ger­many af­ter the war," he said.

Heinicke also be­lieves that the shift to a fed­eral sys­tem can­not be done by some­body alone and means hard work and en­gage­ment for ev­ery­one, es­pe­cially for the civil so­ci­ety.

Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo R. Duterte has de­clared his in­ten­tion to change the cur­rent form of gov­ern­ment to a fed­eral form. A con­sul­ta­tive com­mit­tee was formed to study this op­tion and elicit pub­lic sup­port.

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