LUCENA City -- While pushing its advocacy and promotion of federalism, the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) remains focused in consolidating and strengthening its mass base in Quezon province as it conducted a basic membership seminar and mass-oathtaking on Thursday at the Quezon Convention Center, here.
Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre, who chairs the PDP-Laban (Quezon chapter), and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez led in the welcoming of delegations of city, municipal and barangay officials from the 39 municipalities and two cities of the province along with some 7,000 other participants from across various sectors of Quezon.
Aguirre, a native of Mulanay town, led the party, with former Quezon Gov. Eduardo Rodriguez acting as 2nd vice president and spearhead in promoting the idea of federalism in the province as a way of radically changing the government and political system in favor of the local government units.
Other officials of the council are Atty. Giovanni Lim, 1st vice president; businessman Francis Dy, treasurer; Engr. Rodolfo Aguirre, asst. treasurer; businessman Alex Yu, auditor; San Narciso Mayor Florabelle Uy-Yap, secretary general; Dr. Pat Andaman, public relations officer; Councilor Kristine Aguirre-Adao, head, committee on membership; Michael Tañada, asst. head, committee on membership; Councilor Carlo Eleazar, head, committee on arbitration; PCA director Edicio dela Torre, head, committee on training and education; businessman Allan Yap, head, committee on finance; and Atty. Francis Sia, legal adviser.
Through a slide presentation, lawyer Raul Lambino, secretary general of PDP-Laban, briefed the participants about how federalism will introduce real change in governance from a centralized unitary-presidential form to decentralized regional governments.
According to Lambino, there will be 11 states in the country once the federal system is approved by the people, and Quezon province will be under the Regional State of Southern Tagalog.
Aguirre and Alvarez were accompanied by House Representatives Karlo Nograles and Ace Barbers who talked about their proposed pet bills in Congress, along with Quezon 1st dist. Rep. Trina Enverga and 3rd dist. Rep. Helen Tan, who both expressed their support for federalism and the leadership of Pres. Duterte.
San Narciso Mayor Florabelle Uy-Yap, secretary general of PDP-Laban Que-zon council, cited Aguirre as the unifying force of the party in Quezon who made possible the conduct of the whole event.
Lucena City Mayor Roderick Alcala led the group of Quezon mayors and their political supporters who attended and joined the whole day activity.
Some of the mayors failed to attend the gathering as they were invited by Gov. David Suarez, who is the provincial head of the National Unification Party, in a separate venue on same day.
Alvarez led the mass oath-taking ceremony of the participants as the culminating part of the event.