Malacañang still need to educate Filipinos re Federalism

Malacañang still need to educate Filipinos re Federalism




More work is needed to be done by this administration.

If the recent result of Pulse Asia survey will be the basis, the government needs to double time in all its efforts in educating the common Filipino about ‘Federalism’. The survey showed that 67 percent of Filipinos do not want to amend the 1987 Constitution at the moment. Only 18 percent of the respondents in the survey agreed in the proposed charter change. The same survey also showed that 69% of Filipinos have little or no knowledge of the proposed federal system of government.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque readily admitted that government has much work to do in informing the general public in making known the government’s plan of adopting Federalism as a system of government.
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"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," Roque said in a statement.


The Presidential spokesperson also disclosed that only 55% of that same survey have heard, read or watched anything about proposals to amend the 1987 Constitution before the sais survey was conducted last June 15 to 21.

 

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

 

Last  week President Rodrigo Roa Duterte already got hold of the consultative committee’s(Con-Com) draft of the federal constitution after a thorough review of the 1987 Constitution.

 

The President almost accepted in toto except that he wants the committee to revise the transitory provisions, which assigns him as the head of the Federal Transition Commission until 2022. The President wanted to step down in 2019 when the country goes into transition.

 

Both chamber of Congress had also been furnished of the draft federal constitution, by virtue of the 1987 Constitution, the Congress is mandated to propose constitutional revisions- meaning Congress can freely adopt the draft or introduce their own amendments in the draft.

 

The change in the form of government is one of the major promises of Duterte when he was campaigning for the presidency.

 

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  1. IT WOULD BE GOOD IF GOVERNMENT SHALL CALL ALL BARANGAY CAPTAINS TO ORIENT THEM ABOUT FEDERALISM - AND ALL ITS NUANCES, THAT IS, THE ORGANIZATIONAL CHART WHICH WILL SHOW THE CONCEPT ON THE FLOW OF AUTHORITY - COMMUNICATION FLOW CHART, STATUS OF FEDERAL STATES, WHAT HAPPENS TO EACH BARANGAY, TOWN, CITY AND PROVINCE UNDER EACH STATE AND ALL - HOW THE THREE PARTS OF GOVERNMENT , THAT IS, EXECUTIVE, LEGISLATIVE AND JUDICIARY IN EACH FEDERAL STATE.

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