DILG intensifies federalism campaign
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.