Local executives and basic sector groups from Northern Mindanao rallied on Thursday behind the President’s call to amend the 1987 Constitution.
Amid the negative political noise caused by opposition regarding federalism, the people of Northern Mindanao and regional officials heeded President Rodrigo Duterte’s call for a federal shift in the country.
“This (federalism) will set the tone so (that) the structure of government will be more accountable, responsive and sensible. That is the essence of governance,” says Mayor Oscar Moreno of Cagayan de Oro.
“I really see that federalism is the answer to our problems in our economy, our security, and peace and order,” says Dr. Wilfredo Martinez, lecturer at the Capitol University of Cagayan de Oro.
During the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)’s federalism roadshow in Cagayan de Oro, around 3,000 to 4,000 people from Northern Mindanao rallied in support of the roadshow at the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) gymnasium.
Meanwhile, representatives from the labor, security, transportation, senior citizen, youth, indigenous tribes and farmer sectors attended the Pederalismoserye town hall meeting at the Grand Caprice in Cagayan de Oro to learn more about federalism.
“Iyong work ng DILG ay maganda… Political leaders should adhere to the campaign of the DILG and to the campaign of the President,” says Martinez, calling the government for intensified efforts in the campaign.
According to DILG Northern Mindanao Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe, the roadshow is an opportunity for the masses to have an engaging discussion and dialogue with the members of the Consultative Committee.
“We fear the unknown. We are lucky to have the Consultative Committee to explain this change in the form of government,” says Agabe.
He thus thanks all the sectors to include those in government and indigenous peoples in Northern Mindanao for their interest and support for the federalism roadshow.
“This only manifests that everyone has seen the need to fully understand the necessity for a shift of the form of government to federalism,” Agabe adds.
The Department has been organizing federalism roadshows in the regions to educate the masses down to the grassroots level about the administration’s campaign for change. ###