Barangay officials attend forum on federalism

LINGAYEN – Thousands of barangay officials convened at the Sison Auditorium on March 31 for the Provincial Summit on Federalism conducted by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Gov. Amado Espino III said the symposium on federalism lecture was a timely opportunity for local leaders and village chiefs to learn more about the federalism system of government as proposed by President Rodrigo Duterte.

“This summit enlightened and gave everyone a clearer picture on what federalism may bring to provincial, city and municipal government units; to the various civil society organizations, and to the Pangasinenses in particular,” Espino said.

The event was capped by the signing of manifesto of support for Pres. Duterte’s flagship agenda –  the transition from unitary–presidential to federal form of government.

Among those who signed the manifesto with Espino were DILG Regional Director James Fadrilan, DILG Provincial Director Agnes de Leon, Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim, Jr., Liga ng mga Barangay Provincial Federation president Jeanne Jinky Zaplan and Engr. Roberto Gavina of Peoples’ National Movement for Federalism.

The discussants were Atty. Aileen Grace Deticio, chief of Staff of DILG Usec. for Operations John Castriciones and Engr. Gavina, who represented Dindi Tan, DILG Asst. Program Manager on Federalism.

The forum discussed Duterte administration’s agenda for empowered governance, inclusive growth and countryside development through a federal form of government, a more systematic approach to intergenerational problems which include criminality, illegal drug trade, armed conflict, graft and corruption, poverty and the widening socio-economic gap among classes and the concentration of power.

The provincial government already organized a lecture on federalism on July 2 last year which had then University of the Philippines (UP) Vice President for Public Affairs Prospero E. De Vera, III as lecturer. (PIO/MGNO)