Friday, January 27, 2017

DILG, PASUC challenge SCU heads in Bicol to tackle federalism in academe
By Connie B. Destura

DARAGA, Albay, Jan. 26 (PNA)— Under the federal system of government there will still be a president and vice president and their terms of office will be for six years without reelection.

This was the statement issued by Dr. Enrico Sampang, program manager on federalism of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for Bicol, as he gave an overview on President Rodrigo Duterte’s advocacy on the federal system of government during a two-day trainors’ training that started Thursday at the Bicol University here.

Participants to the training sponsored by DILG-Bicol, along with the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) Bicol chapter, included more than 50 school officials of various state colleges and universities in the region that included their presidents and administrators.

Ronald Adamat, commissioner of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), challenged the audience to organize their own seminars in their respective institutions so they could explain to today’s young people the agenda of the national administration in transforming the present system of government.

“President Duterte believes that with federalism the people will be empowered, taxes will be 100 percent collected for the people, power will be enshrined in the local (governments) and projects will be under the control of the regional states,” he said.

Sampang explained that as to the allocation of resources, 20 percent will be given to the federal government while 80 percent will be for the regional states.

He said in Luzon, there will be four federal states: one state each in Northern Luzon, Central Luzon, Southern Tagalog and Bicol.

In the Visayas, the four federal states will consist of Minparom (Mindoro, Palawan, Romblon), Eastern Visayas, Western Visayas and Central Visayas.

Sampang said Mindanao will also have four federal states: Northern Mindanao, Southern Mindanao, Bangsamoro and Sabah.

Adamat said that as one of the flagship programs of the Duterte administration federalism seeks to eliminate graft and corrupt practices and help reduce poverty in the country. (PNA) FPV/GVR/CBD