ConCom : Federalism will allow the regions to progress

ConCom : Federalism will allow the regions to progress

This is one of the main benefits of having a federal form of government.

It will allow the different regions of the country to develop and grow economically.

“The proposed draft federal constitution encourages the national government to go on a diet and the regions to go on a muscle-building regimen,” ConCom member Dr. Julio Teehankee said.
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During the conference on Comparative Practices in Fiscal Federalism organized by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), wherein Consultative Committee member Dr. Julio Teehankee was the guest speaker, he explains that the ConCom's Bayanihan Constitution embodies the principles of “a strong Federal Republic to keep the country as one; economically empowered and sustainable federated regions; and a fiscal policy that shall be exclusive to the federal government, with certain taxation powers given to the regions, and there shall be equitable revenue sharing.”

Fiscal administration in the draft constitution will embody the overriding principle of fiscal prudence, reasonable sharing of revenues between the federal government and federated regions, prioritization of essential federal expenditures and the right sizing of the budget - with the federal government trimming the bureaucratic fat and capacitating the federated regions.

Teehankee said that since this is only a draft, everyone especially the legislators and economic managers can still improvement by suggesting amendments.

"The discussions and debates should be kept going and comments are very welcome. This is an opportunity for everyone to be involved in the President’s campaign for constitutional reform,” he said.

DILG Assistant Secretary and spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said the conference titled “on Comparative Practices in Fiscal Federalism” which was spearheaded by the DILG is part of the continuing dialogue they are doing together with other government agencies.

Malaya fully agrees with Teehankee that federalsim will cause more funds to flow into the different regions of the country.

“Federalism is all about equitable sharing of resources and we are hopeful that once we transition to a federal system, we will be able to develop the local economy of regions leading to national progress," he said.

Dr. Julio Teehankee, was also the one that gave the lecture that despite the huge investment cost in the country’s shift of government structure, which will run to billions, the country can afford it.

“We do not deny this but I would like to assure everyone that the Philippines can afford the cost of a federal shift. What is PHP20 billion, or even PHP50 billion, in additional spending for federalism compared to the PHP600 billion unutilized funds the government had to return to the national treasury?” he said.

“Federalism is an investment for our children’s future.” He further adds.

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  1. I really apreciate those who push for the shift to the federal form of gov't. Where most of the countries in world today adopt this system are higily developed.we want to adopt a Federal form of government that is suited for the Filipino people. Our countrx are facing many problems of peace and order, strong unity of all regions to curbed the enemy of the states. The peace and stability of every regions are essential for development. My opinion, we have defeat firt the enemy of the states before the shift. Declare Fist the Revgov.