Even before President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive for the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to launch an information drive on federalism, the agency has already jumpstarted its info campaign with the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the People’s National Movement for Federalism (PENAMFED), a private sector which advocates the shift to a federal form of government.
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The signatories to the MOA are DILG Secretary ‘Mike’ D. Sueno and PENAMFED President Dante V. Liban.
In signing the MOA, Sueno said the DILG, which has a general supervision mandate over local government units, shall take the lead in promoting public awareness and understanding on the salient features and principles of a federal form of government.
The DILG Secretary said the Department is tying up with PENAMFED in this effort in order to better explain to LGUs and the public the overall benefits of federalism to our country.
“We share and support the President’s vision of a federal system of government. We are therefore working with PENAMFED in this campaign to encourage the support of LGUs and the public as a whole on this key issue that will bring about a more responsive government that is attuned to the developmental needs of the people,” said Sueno.
In the MOA, the DILG shall encourage LGUs to make available resources in support of the conduct of the nationwide information campaign of the PENAMFED for federalism.
The DILG, in coordination with the local police of the LGU concerned, shall ensure the safety of the personnel of PENAMFED participating in the information campaign within their territorial jurisdiction from going to and from of the selected venue where the event is to be conducted.
Moreover, the DILG will coordinate with the local press of the LGU concerned to ensure full information dissemination of the relevant information of the campaign by mandatory coverage of whatever activities done or to be done by the PENAMFED in connection to its project.
LGUs to be visited by PENAMFED shall submit to the DILG national office a report within 15 days, stating in detail its assistance extended to PENAMFED in the conduct of this undertaking. Likewise, the PENAMFED is required to report to the DILG on the status of this project from time to time.
Further, the DILG shall provide the Philippine National Police (PNP) and all the barangays, cities, municipalities, provinces and highly urbanized cities a copy of the DILG-PENAMFED MOA on federalism campaign and shall enjoin units to support this undertaking.
PENAMFED President Dante V. Liban said, “Federalism is the key to unity and peace. It will open opportunities for regional growth. The millennial and next Filipino generation will benefit a lot from this.”
He said PENAMFED is an open social movement where “Bangsamoro, Indigenous People, Christians, and all sectors are welcome in joining our information campaign on federalism hand in hand with the government.”
For public appreciation of the federal form of government, PENAMFED will conduct public symposia and fora, consultations in all levels of LGUs, and shall involve the academic sector, among others.
Source: Manila Bulletin