“As much as we want to propagate the idea of Federalism to the general public, our local government units (LGUs) must ensure that their Federalism-related info campaigns are within the standards and parameters set by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).”
This is according to DILG 10 Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe, as he encouraged LGUs, together with the DILG operating units and civil society organizations (CSOs), to utilize accredited Federalism content, activities and resource management.
Aiming to increase public awareness on Federalism, the Department has recently initiated the “One Nation, One Government: Transition to Federalism Project”. As the lead agency, DILG employs measures that will ensure that no misguided actions shall be done in the implementation of this campaign.
“With this project, we are gearing towards multi-stakeholder approach to collaborate efforts coming from various stakeholders in our several planned activities,” RD Agabe said.
Reiterating Memorandum Circular No. 2017-117 on the Guidelines on the Implementation of Federalism-Related Information Campaign Activities, the Regional Director stated that, “the LGUs may have their own set of activities in disseminating what federalism is all about as long as these are coordinated with the field offices of the Department.” Likewise, this is applicable to CSOs who intend to conduct information campaigns for the LGUs.
Moreover, only DILG accredited advocacy partners shall be allowed in conducting Federalism-related activities to ensure that information being delivered are aligned with the key messages and content parameters of the Department.
Criteria to be considered as an accredited advocacy partner are the following:
(1) Organization is registered at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), whose purpose or objective is the promotion of Federalism, as indicated in Article of Incorporation or Charter;
(2) Organization is able to conduct information campaign activities without financial support from LGUs or government agencies; and
(3) Organization has at least five (5) members who would serve as resource persons on Federalism in its information campaign activities.
Further, in an effort to have a unified and consistent content, Local Government Academy (LGA) will lead the development of communication plans and shall develop materials to be communicated to all ROs and FOs for dissemination. However, modification can be applied, such as translating to local dialect, providing that it is still aligned with the identified key message.