“Let us call on our country’s leaders to listen to the voice of the people.”
This was the call of the Consultative Committee (Concom) throughout the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s (DILG’s) roadshow for federalism this week.
“Ang tao ang sovereign power ng bansa… ngayon kung gusto ng tao na magpederalismo, kailangan nating magsama-sama upang marinig ng mga opisyales ang boses ng masa,” said Concom member Atty. Susan Ubalde-Ordinario.
She explained that the Concom has done its job of drafting the Bayanihan Federal Constitution and has turned over the decision-making to the Filipino people.
“It is now the people’s turn to decide whether or not they would like to shift to federalism... Whatever decision they choose, the government is mandated to respect that decision,” Ordinario said during the roadshow in Dipolog City.
“Kung 'di tayo satisfied sa mga nangyayari under the unitary system, kailangan natin itong baguhin,” says Concom member Atty. Ferdinand Bocobo on Wednesday.
This is why the DILG has been bringing members of the Concom and socio-economic and political experts to explain the benefits of federalism to the Filipino people.
“I have turned my back from my practice to help the DILG, para mag-ikot sa Pilipinas at para maiparating sa inyo ang mensahe ng pederalismo!” said Ordinario.
This week, around 7,000 people from all over Zamboanga Peninsula traversed across rivers and rocky roads to the Dipolog Sports Center to back the government’s advocacy for a federal shift from a unitary form of government.
Meanwhile, 150 representatives from the academe, business, transport, religious, persons with disabilities, indigenous tribes, senior citizens, youth, among others, filled the Pederalismoserye town hall meeting to listen to the members of Concom explain the details of federalism.
On the issue of local government units (LGUs) being prepared for a federal shift, Ordinario said that those who say that the regions are ill-equipped for federalism underestimate the ability of LGUs.
“If we are not ready today, we will never be ready. So the time is now!” said Ordinario.