'Is Federalism economically feasible'?- Senator Risa Hontiveros

'Is Federalism economically feasible'?- Senator Risa Hontiveros



Opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros made news today when she asked about the administration’s plan shift to federal form of government.

 

The lady senator asks the Duterte administration if the plan to shift into a federal form of government is economically feasible at this point in time?

 


Opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros (photo credit to owner)
 
She has cited data culled by Readiness Index for Sustained Economies Under Federalism, which reported that only five of the proposed 16 federal regions are prepared for the shift, while two are “neutral,” and nine are “less ready.”


“Did the government take this into consideration in the drafting of the Federal Charter? Were the country’s economic managers consulted?” the senator Hontiveros asked.

 “Has the economic cost of federalism been studied alongside the impact of inflation and the current state of the economy?” she further said.

Hontiveros also quoted some of President Duterte’s cabinet members one of which is Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno whom she warned that a sudden change in form of government (federalism) could raise the government’s deficit from around 3 to 6 percent.

 

National Economic Development Authority Secretary Ernesto Pernia is also “lukewarm” on the shift of form of government since many regions in the country are “ill-prepared to stand on their own feet,” the opposition senator said.

 

“The only federal set-up worth supporting is one in which accountabilities are clear and decentralized and government institutions and economic development are made more accessible and brought closer to citizens,” she said.

 

“Unfortunately, this is not the President’s federalism,” Hontiveros added.

 

 

Must step up- info drive - MalacaƱang

 

 

MalacaƱang promised to double time in the information campaign  to counter the negative public perception as regards Federalism and its eventual adoption replacing the 1987 consitution.

 

Presidential Spokesperson pointed out the Pulse Asia survey that says 69% of the respondents “admitted little awareness” of federalism proposal.

 

“For this reason, we cannot expect our people to support an initiative, which they know only little about,” Roque said.

 

“We will therefore exert even more effort to inform and educate our citizens about federalism since the approval of the proposed changes in our current Charter ultimately lies in the hands of the Filipino people,” he said.

 

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