DILG in­ten­si­fies fed­er­al­ism cam­paign

The Philippine Star - - NEWS - By CECILLE SUERTE FELIPE

The dis­cus­sion on fed­er­al­ism will be taken to the re­motest towns in the coun­try, the Depart­ment of the In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment (DILG) said yes­ter­day.

In­te­rior Sec­re­tary Is­mael Sueno said nearly 32,000 in­di­vid­u­als from dif­fer­ent sec­tors have par­tic­i­pated in the on­go­ing fed­er­al­ism in­for­ma­tion drive, which started last Au­gust.

Pres­i­dent Duterte has been push­ing fed­er­al­ism as a form of gov­ern­ment to help ad­dress con­cerns in the coun­try such as poverty and peace and or­der.

Sueno had ear­lier formed DILG Task Team on Fed­er­al­ism to ed­u­cate the public on the sys­tem of gov­ern­ment and train re­source per­sons from lo­cal gov­ern­ments, civil so­ci­ety or­ga­ni­za­tions and other part­ners on the fed­eral struc­ture.

Un­der­sec­re­tary Emily Padilla said the DILG is cur­rently hold­ing a se­ries of lec­tures, fora, ori­en­ta­tions and sym­posia to in­crease public un­der­stand­ing on the mat­ter.

“This year, we hope to be able to reach even the re­motest towns to ex­plain to them how change will be faster in a fed­eral state,” said Padilla.

Sueno said the fed­er­al­ism in­for­ma­tion ac­tiv­i­ties are in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Peo­ple’s Na­tional Move­ment for Fed­er­al­ism-Min­istry of Ru­ral Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and De­vel­op­ment, a DILG part­ner from the pri­vate sec­tor ad­vo­cat­ing the shift to a fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

Padilla said the group has con­ducted sev­eral fed­er­al­ism sum­mits in the cities of An­tipolo, Ba­colod, Caloocan, Cebu, Gen­eral San­tos, Ili­gan, Man­daluy­ong, Marawi, Marik­ina, Pa­ga­dian, Pasay and Pasig.

The DILG has launched ac­tiv­i­ties and sym­posia on fed­er­al­ism in the prov­inces of Agu­san del Norte, Batan­gas, Is­abela, La­guna, Lanao del Norte, Nueva Ecija, Que­zon and Zamboanga Sibugay.

Fora and ori­en­ta­tions with the dif­fer­ent chap­ters of lo­cal and barangay leagues in the coun­try such as the Liga ng mga Barangay and Philip­pine Coun­cilors League have like­wise been car­ried out.

Lo­cal chief ex­ec­u­tives, barangay lead­ers, mem­bers of academe, faith- based com­mu­ni­ties, busi­ness sec­tors and stu­dents, among oth­ers, at­tended the ac­tiv­i­ties.

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