The Federalism Speakers’ bureau regional training held on November 8 - 9 at Ridgewood Hotel here, was attended by 100 participants composed of local chief executives, DILG provincial officers, municipal local government operations officers and information officers of the Philippine Information Agency from the different Cordillera provinces.
Invited keynote speakers for the training were Consultative Committee to Review the 1987 Constitution members, Dr. Virgilio Bautista and lawyer Lawrence Wacnang. They provided information on the salient points of the Bayanihan Federalism Constitution and the need for federalism in the Cordilleras in relation to the region’s quest for regional autonomy.
DILG Baguio City Director Evelyn Trinidad handled the learning session on “Understanding Federalism” and the “Bayanihan Federalism Constitution” filed in Congress
Regional Federalism Inter – Agency IEC Task Force members Vladimir Cayabas of NIIT – Baguio and Joseph Zambrano of PIA – Baguio discussed “Evolving Autonomy and Federalism Initiatives in the Philippines” and “Federalism for a better Philippines,” respectively.
DILG – CAR Regional Director Marlo Iringan reiterated DILG’s call for a stronger partnership with the regional speakers bureau in empowering the people of Cordillera about the right knowledge and information on what the federalism campaign is all about and what good things it can bring to the region.
“We believe that this is a good initiative for our country, a solution to the ills that we are in”, Iringan stressed as he outlined that the shift to federal form of government is generally about decentralization or devolution of powers to LGUs that aims to establish economically powerful regions, as well as to further strengthen the government’s campaign against the country’s developmental concerns, such as poverty, illegal drugs and corruption.
“Let us not promise and we should be realistic when we communicate. What we want is to empower the people with the right knowledge and information,” Iringan added. By Carlito C. Dar (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)