Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) urges barangays to push ‘Phederalism.’
Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno urged barangay officials who will lead village assemblies across the country this Saturday to push for federalism.
Sueno said the barangay assemblies were the appropriate venues to discuss ‘PHederalism,’ the Philippine version of a federal system that takes into account the diverse ‘cultural particularities and sensibilities’ of Filipino communities.
‘PHederalism is our own indigenized federalism experience that reflects the identities of our people while deriving and learning from the best practices of all federal countries to attain an evolving type of federalism that is fully unique to the Philippine experience, Sueno said.
Emily Padilla of DILG also urged barangay officials to stand as ‘consistent partners’ of the government by leading an information drive in their communities.
He said that we should help our government and help our President because federalism is our last card to attain peace and progress in our country.
The barangay officials are encouraged to draft a resolution expressing support for PHederalism, to livestream their assembly, and submit the result on their barangay’s discussions.
Federalism is the mixed or compound mode of government, combining a general government (central)with regional governments (provincial), other sub-unit governments) in a single political system.
Professor Jose Abueva of the University of the Philippines argued that a federal form of government is necessary to more efficiently cater to the needs of the country despite its diversity.
The primary goals of a constitutional amendment is to increase decentralization, greater local power and access to resources most especially among regions outside Metro Manila which has long been dubbed as rather imperial.
Aside from Abueva, senator ‘Nene’ Pimentel, Jr. is a prominent supporter of federalism who, since 2001, has advocated for federalism.
Pimentel sees the proposed system as a key component in alleviating the Mindanao crisis and appeasing Moro insurgents.
Federalism will also hasten economic development since resource and financial mobilization is upon each states’ or provinces’ discretion without significant constraint from the central government.