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DILG to roll-out the constitutional reform roadshows in the Ilocos

Philippine Information Agency
18 Oct 2019, 18:38 GMT+10

SAN FERNANDO CITY, Oct. 18 (PIA) - - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will roll-out the Constitutional Reform's (CORE) provincial roadshows in the Ilocos region starting in Pangasinan on Sunday, October 20.

Director James F. Fadrilan, the regional director of the DILG Region 1, said the provincial roadshow dubbed as the "Balangayan 2019 Constitutional Roadshow" in Pangasinan is the maiden activity in the entire nation.

He said the CORE provincial roadshow is a project of the DILG through the Center for Federalism and Constitutional Reform (CFCR) headed by Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya.

Further, Fadrilan said the regional offices of the DILG are tasked to implement the massive information and dissemination of the project with the assistance of the regional and provincial offices of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) nationwide.

Willy D. De Vera, the regional project officer of the CFCR, said the main highlight of the provincial roadshows is the discussion of the new version of the CORE.

He said that CORE has four major objectives such as Pagyamanin ang probinsya, paluwagin ang Metro Manila (Enriching the province, outspan Metro Manila); Gobyerno para sa tao, hindi para sa trapo (Government for the people, not for the traditional politician); Bukas na ekonomiya nang lahat ay may pag-asa (Hope for open economy for all); and Bagong konstitusyon para sa bagong henerasyon (New constitution for the new generation).

De Vera said the CORE advocacy campaign has the following components: constitutional reform provincial roadshow; constitutional reform civil society organization (CSO) coalition building; constitutional reform advocacy campaign to SK Presidents and Liga ng mga Barangay Presidents; and constitutional reform youth congress.

"Among the activities of the provincial roadshows in Region 1 are media briefing, CORE talk with the students, convention rally with the leaders and members of the multi-sectoral group and town hall meeting," said De Vera.

He added that a CORE speakers' bureau training is also set in Pangasinan with representatives from DILG, academe, and PIA as participants.

Earlier, the DILG has created the CFCR to push the campaign for federalism. The CFCR will act as the central office in the production and distribution of campaign materials, such as pamphlets, presentations, and posters to be distributed online and offline to barangays nationwide.

In a statement, DILG Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Ano said the cornerstone of the President's change agenda is the shift from a unitary to a federal system of government.

"The DILG, through the CFCR, is privileged to take center stage and lead the nationwide campaign to inform and educate the public about the merits of federalism," Ano said. (JCR/FGL, PIA1)

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