Alih: Gov’t form change won’t happen overnight

September 27, 2018

A SHIFT to federal form of government is achievable but will not happen overnight.

This was stressed by Consultative Committee (Concom) member Professor Eddie Alih as he expressed optimism it can be achieved within the term of President Duterte.

The country, he said, is well equipped and will benefit from a shift to federalism although it will take time to make this possible.

“Will the shift to a federal form of government be achievable?   The answer is Yes!,” he said during a media forum in Cauayan, Isabela following a roadshow for federalism.

Alih cited a fact in the unitary form of government where it allows political families to run free and continue to exercise corrupt practices in the country.

“Majority of the country’s wealth has been concentrated to only 50 families and has not tricked down to those who truly need help,” he added.

Alih said that the current system is the main cause of corruption problems such as the P157-billion Disbursement Acceleration Program, the worst case of malversation in the Philippines.

The solution, according to him, is the anti-political dynasty provision in the Concom proposal drafted this year.

Another Concom member Fr. Ranhilio Aquino said that federalism is the best way to reach the change the Filipino people need.

“Two things we aspire to achieve: Regions to enjoy sufficient powers by themselves. Keep the integrity of the republic. How do you do that? Through a federal republic,” he said.

As the information drive of the government picks up speed, the DILG is simultaneously conducting two roadshows this week in both Cauayan, Isabela and San Fernando, Pampanga.

The DILG has been to nine regions to explain federalism to the masses.