DILG - CAR Regional Director Marlo Iringan(l) and resource speakers Atty. Lawrence Wacnang and Professor Alfredo Sureta Jr. with PIA Information officer Joseph Zambrano(R) during the media briefing that opened the "Balangayan" Constitutional Reform roadshow. (CCD/PIA CAR)
Local government units and barangay officials from the 13 municipalities of the province, regional line agency and several community/civil society organization representatives attended the forum which had former Kalinga Congressman Lawrence Wacnang and constitutional reform speaker’s bureau member Professor Alfredo Sureta Jr. as resource speakers.
DILG – CAR Regional Director Marlo Iringan said Balangayan is a provincial roadshow that DILG has been spearheading in the different parts of the country to provide more public awareness on the importance of the constitutional reforms and to provide a venue to talk about developmental issues and concerns of local communities. It also aims to have a public dialogue and consultation on constitutional reforms that need to speed up progress for the nation.
Wacnang, 1987 Constitution Review Consultative Committee member, talked about the 1987 Constitution and what makes it unresponsive to the present lives of Filipinos and the advantages of having a political system in a federal setup. Sureta, on the other hand, tackled the country’s need for political, electoral and economic reforms.
As explained by the resource speakers, it has been 32 years since the 1987 Constitution was enacted and between then and now, a lot of things have already changed. There are new challenges and problems thus the need to adopt and look into what part of the constitution needs to be amended.
On Cordillera’s pursuit for regional autonomy vis avis the government’s push for constitutional reform, Iringan assured that it will not be affected as he affirmed DILG – CAR’s continuing support for the attainment of an autonomous region for CAR. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)
By Carlito C. Dar