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By: Marcel A. Florentino, PITO-La Union

The President’s party, Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP Laban), conducted an extensive forum and consultation on Federalism held on August 24, 2017 in Agoo and the City of San Fernando, La Union. Two speakers from the Federalism Institute headlined the event that was attended by elected officials from the city and municipalities of the province.

Governor Francisco Emmanuel “Pacoy” R. Ortega III welcomed the speakers and attendees to the event. He expressed his full support to the advocacies and push towards a federal form of government by President Duterte. The Governor states that such a change will ultimately benefit the province and be helpful in establishing La Union as the Heart of Agri-Tourism in Northern Luzon by 2025.

Prof. Tetchie Aquino provided a primer for federalism discussing its advantages and the differences with the current unitary form of government. She stressed the importance of shifting away from the current Manila centric model to equally enrich and develop the rest of the country.

Prof. Jonathan Malaya presented the PDP-Laban’s Model of Federalism. He assured that the transition will be researched comprehensively taking in ideas and feedback from the people all over the country. He also warned, “The rich regions will become richer while the poor regions will become poorer if we do not change.” Closing the event, Prof. Malaya entertained questions from the attendees.

Vice Governor Aureo Augusto Q. Nisce stated the importance of being informed and expressed gratitude to the speakers. Sangguniang Panlalawigan Members Reynaldo M. Mosuela and Manuel Victor “Mannix” R. Ortega Jr. voiced their support for the change in the form of government.

President Duterte intends to transition to a federal form of government before his six year term expires. He believes that a federal system of government will be his lasting legacy that will benefit the future generations, address the widening gap between the rich and poor in the Philippines, and to finally put an end to the conflict in Mindanao.

The PDP-Laban Federalism Institute, a political think tank led by Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, is devoted with researching and refining the federalism advocacy to better suit the country’s socio-economic needs. It is currently conducting roadshows to inform and collect feedback from the people.

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