NAGA CITY, Oct. 12 (PIA) - Ever since President Rodrigo Roa Duterte made known his interest to pursue the shift from the presidential form to a federal system of government, the clamour for a comprehensive information and in depth discussion regarding federalism has also increased.
As contribution to this ongoing discourse, the Ateneo School of Government, through the Ateneo Policy Center teamed up with the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals (BCBP) to come up with a forum where salient questions regarding federalism will be given corresponding responses.
The event dubbed "A Forum on the Economic, Social, and Political Viability of Federalism in the Philippines" will take place at the AlJosh Cafe, Roxas Avenue, here on October 13, Saturday from 8am to 12noon.
As an avenue for discussion, the forum endeavours to raise wider and greater public awareness on the proposed federal form of government which, proponents say, will end the dependence of the regions on the national government for solicited funding support, among others.
BCBP Naga City Chapter Regional Council Director Dr. Lorenzo Rosales said that they are also raising the bar of discussion to all sectors of the society.
"We want to provide a platform for discussion among representatives of the different national political parties, government, academe, business sector, civil society and media," Rosales added while emphasizing that the new ideas which will be generated from the discussion, including the empirical evidence that they will gather, "will help the policymakers and other stakeholders in reviewing the proposal to shift to federalism."
Invited to shed light on these concerns are Atty. Susan Ubalde-Ordinario, Consultative Committee on the Review of the 1987 Constitution member and Ateneo School of Government Non-Resident Research Fellow Michael LI. Henry Yusingco.
Atty. Ordinario will tackle Bayanihan Federalism while Yusingco will discuss the Emerging Issues on the Bayanihan Federalism Draft Constitution. (LSMacatangay-PIAV/Camarines Sur)