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Re: The current push for Federalism
« Reply #15 on: December 17, 2018, 11:54:26 AM »
There’s still time to pass federal charter, Palace asserts
December 6, 2018
By Azer Parrocha – PNA

https://ptvnews.ph/theres-still-time-to-pass-federal-charter-palace-asserts/

MANILA — Malacañang on Thursday said there is still much time left for the Senate to tackle charter change and federalism before President Rodrigo R. Duterte steps down in 2022.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made this remark after Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III insisted that the Senate will prioritize the passage of the proposed 2019 national budget.

“Well, kung wala nang pag-asa ngayong December, eh nandiyan naman iyong susunod na session, eh di mayroon pa rin (Well, if there’s no hope for it to be tackled this December, there’s the next session, so there’s still time),” Panelo said in a Palace briefing.

Panelo said the Palace is still confident that the Senate will support federalism after the proposed 2019 national budget is passed.

“Oh, definitely. Mahaba pa naman ang kaniyang term (Duterte still has a long term),” he added.

On Oct. 31 this year, Duterte created an Inter-Agency Task Force on Federalism (IATF) to take charge of “integrating, harmonizing, and coordinating ongoing efforts towards federalism and constitutional reform.”

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya earlier said awareness on federalism has increased due to the holding of roadshows nationwide and the creation of IATF.

However, he acknowledged that even if more Filipinos became aware of federalism, there is no guarantee that support will follow.

Like Panelo, Malaya also expressed hope that the next Congress, which will be elected in May 2019, will be another “battleground” for the government to be able to push for constitutional amendment.

Duterte has repeatedly said that he is willing to step down once federalism is in place.

He also said that he has no plans of leading the transition to federalism, noting he was willing to give up his position to “anyone” who could make the Philippines better.

The President said he wanted to witness the election of a new president during the transition from unitary to a federal form of government.

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Re: The current push for Federalism
« Reply #16 on: May 18, 2019, 09:25:06 AM »
Federalism cost won't exceed P30-B
By Filane Mikee Cervantes November 28, 2018, 4:59 pm

http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1055195

MANILA -- A political analyst on Wednesday said the shift to a federal system of government would not exceed PHP30 billion, allaying fears that the shift might be too costly.

In a federalism media forum held at the Sangguniang Panlungsod Session Hall in San Juan City, Prof. Edmund Tayao, a member of the Consultative Committee (ConCom) that drafted the proposed federal Constitution, corrected the assumption that the national bureaucracy will be duplicated in the regional government under a federal system.

He said the rationalization of the national bureaucracy would in fact bring in more savings than expenditures for the government.

"In the long run, mas makakatipid ka kasi magra-rationalize ka. Top-heavy kasi yung bureacracy natin eh... Sa computation namin, hindi ka lalampas ng PHP30 billion kasi ang madadagdag lang na gastos mo yung additional elected officials sa regional government (In the long run, you end up with more savings due to rationalization since our bureaucracy is top-heavy. Based on our computation, the cost won't exceed PHP30 billion. The only added cost would be the additional officials for the regional government)," Tayao said.

"May regional offices ka na eh sa madaling sabi hindi mo kailangan magdagdgag ng bagong office for transportation, for higher education kasi nandyan na (There are already existing regional offices that's why you don't need to create new offices for transportation, for higher education, etc.)," he added.

Tayao earlier said the estimated cost of the federalism shift is about PHP13.29 billion, lower than the estimates of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) pegged at PHP253.5 billion and the PHP320-billion estimate of the Department of Finance (DOF).

He said the government could also tap unused savings, noting that the national government returns at least PHP600 billion un-utilized funds to the national treasury.

Tayao likened the federalism shift to moving into a new house, wherein it might seem costly at first but you end up with more savings in the long run.

"Ang sinasabi lang namin para kang lumipat ng bahay pag lipat mo ng bahay may cost. So sa umpisa talagang magastos ka... pero pagkatapos nun mas maganda na yung takbo mo. 'Yun yung hindi mo ma-factor in sa cost (What we're trying to say here is that (shift to federalism) is like moving into a new home. Initially, there are costs to take into account but after that, everything runs more smoothly. That is what you cannot factor in the cost)," Tayao said.

The federalism roadshow is being conducted by the Department of the Interior and Local Government, in partnership with the regional Philippine Information Agency offices and ConCom.

It aims to develop and disseminate collaterals that will increase awareness and information to voters on the weaknesses and malpractices in the unitary system through evidence-based studies, and why the country needs constitutional reforms and transition to federalism. (PNA)

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Re: The current push for Federalism
« Reply #17 on: May 18, 2019, 12:45:46 PM »
DILG committed to realizing federalism
By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan  March 24, 2019, 7:48 pm

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1065475

MANILA -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) assured that its commitment to help bring about a federal form of government remains firm and it is now working with other government agencies to finalize the Bayanihan Federalism model developed by the Consultative Committee to Review the 1987 Constitution.

This was the department's reaction to the challenge of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) chairman Nur Misuari that the current administration should make good on its promise to bring about federalism.

DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said the Inter-Agency Task Force on Federalism and Constitutional Reform (IATF) led by Secretary Eduardo Año and its 10 clusters or committees have been meeting regularly for the past several months in preparation for the opening of the new Congress in June.

“The IATF expects to finish its work by June of this year and we hope to work closely with the new Members of Congress to have this approved during the second half of the President’s term,” he said.

The IATF counts among its members the Department of Justice, Presidential Communications Operations Office, Department of National Defense, Civil Service Commission, Presidential Legislative Liaison Office, Office of the Cabinet Secretariat, Presidential Management Staff, Commission on Higher Education, Development Academy of the Philippines, University of the Philippines Law Center, the Department of Finance, among others.

“Federalism, as we all know, is a complex matter. It’s a change in how we are governed. The devil is in the details. So, I think we have to give government more time to iron out the details. And that’s what we have been doing recently,” he said.

Malaya said they still have three years before President Rodrigo Duterte’s term ends wherein they can convince both houses of Congress as well as generate widespread public support for the adoption of federalism.

“There’s still time to get this off the ground so Misuari shouldn’t worry. We hope that Chairman Misuari will instead help the IATF advocate for federalism among our people so that more people will understand why federalism is needed,” he said.

He added that the IATF will resume the public advocacy campaign after the mid-term elections.

“Since its election season we postponed some of our activities to the later part of the year but as soon as the elections are over, we will go full blast in our advocacy campaign. In the meantime, the DILG has been working with civil society organizations, NGOs, and national government agencies preparing for the resumption of the advocacy campaign," Malaya explained.

Meantime, the DILG organized the first Federalism Summit last February 7-8 in Manila attended by some 500 federalism advocates, and last week, it organized the National Government Agencies Federalism Conference attended by some 200 government officials. (PNA)