NEARLY 32,000 individuals from different sectors nationwide have participated in the on-going Federalism information drive of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) which started in August 2016.
The DILG Task Team on Federalism, a group formed by Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno, is tasked to educate the public about Federalism, as well as train resource persons from local governments, civil society organizations and other partners on the federal structure of government.
The team, headed by Undersecretary Emily Padilla, is at the height of holding a series of lectures, fora, orientations and symposia in order to increase public understanding and support on Federalism across the country.
The activities are in collaboration with the People’s National Movement for Federalism (PENAMFED) -- Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) -- a DILG partner from the private sector that advocates the shift to a federal structure of government.
Padilla said the team has already conducted several Federalism summits in the cities of Antipolo, Bacolod, Caloocan, Cebu, General Santos, Iligan, Mandaluyong, Marawi, Marikina, Pagadian, Pasay, and Pasig, among others.
Padilla said launching activities and symposia on Federalism have also been held in the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Batangas, Isabela, Laguna, Lanao del Norte, Nueva Ecija, Quezon and Zamboanga Sibugay.
Discussions with the different chapters of local and barangay leagues such as the Liga ng mga Barangay (LnB) and the Philippine Councilors League (PCL) have also been carried out.
“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.
These strings of promotional activities on Federalism were attended by local chief executives, barangay leaders, members of the academe, faith-based communities, business sectors, and students.
“We shall continue to popularize President Rodrigo Duterte’s vision of a Federal Republic in 2017. Like good soldiers, we shall keep on making a pitch about federalism and comply with the President’s order to increase people’s understanding and elicit their support about this proposition,” Padilla said.