Calabarzon is fully equipped to handle its own shift to a federal form of government, according to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
“Given the region’s expanding and highly competitive economic environment, the local government units (LGUs) of Calabarzon can walk gracefully through the transition into federalism,” says DILG Assistant Secretary Jonathan E. Malaya.
Driven by strong manufacturing and construction, the economy of Calabarzon accelerated to 6.7% in 2017 from the 4.8% growth in 2016, data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) show.
Meanwhile, four out of five of Calabarzon’s provinces topped the competitiveness index ranked by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) this 2018.
Advancements in infrastructure, agriculture, tourism, information technology, trade, among others will pave the way for a smooth transition and will only serve to strengthen Calabarzon’s investment potential, according to Malaya.
The Department also believes that Calabarzon’s development will take flight given its strong manufacturing and agricultural sectors, its close proximity to Metro Manila and its strategic location serving as Luzon’s gateway to the south.
“Calabarzon will have a quicker federal transition compared to the other regions,” says the DILG Spokesperson.
As one of the stronger regions in the country, Calabarzon is seen as one of the regions assisting the weaker regions through the federal shift.
“In essence, the regions are like siblings. The mature and strong regions will be helping the federal government assist the smaller and weaker regions through the transition until such time that they can stand up on their own. That’s the spirit of Bayanihan Federalism,” says Malaya.
The DILG will be visiting Calamba, Laguna to explain federalism to the people of Calabarzon, and encourages locals to tune in to local media stations on Wednesday.
The Department also invites people to its Pederalismoserye town hall meeting and convention/rally for federalism on Thursday.