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Shift to federalism ‘now or never’

On the beat THIS 2018, the theme of those who have been pushing the revision of the Constitution and shift to a federal system of government is “now or never.” The schedule is tight and this is the reason why lawmakers are planning to submit all the proposed amendments to….....»»

Category: newsSource: journal journalJan 13th, 2018

Show data to support BBL’s ‘awesome’ fiscal powers—Recto

Saying that the “law is in the details,” Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto yesterday pressed the government to submit “the economic fine print” that will underpin the proposed Bangsamoro government’s fiscal autonomy.In a request coursed through Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri, Recto sought “facts and figures that will bolster the financial feasibility” of the Bangsamoro self-ruled homeland.Recto said the submission of these will clarify ambiguities in the provisions in Bangsamoro Basic Law bill, and “hasten its passage in the Senate.””Like any bill, if you scratch the surface of a provision of the BBL, you will find the price tag underneath,” Recto said.Among the data Recto has requested are “national revenue collections in ARMM since its creation to the present, as well as budget utilization of ARMM, including relevant financial statements, from the time it was created.”Included in the request are “budget allocations and subsidies lodged in different national government agencies, earmarked and off-budget revenue sources.”“The purpose is to find out if past allocations to ARMM were at levels sufficient to meet the imperatives of growth, because if these are historically lacking, then we are properly informed not to commit the same mistakes with the future Bangasamoro government,” Recto said. In his letter to Zubiri, Recto also sought additional data on the formula used in computing and allocating the proposed Annual Block Grants, “funds which are to be automatically appropriated and released by the national government.” For 2019, the Block Grant is pegged at P72 billion. “What then is the revenue basis used in setting this amount?” Recto said.Recto likewise requested “elaboration” on the nature of the Special Development Fund, or SDF, which has been pegged at P100 billion for 20 years, P10 billion of which shall be given by the national government the year following the ratification of the BBL.“What is the basis for the SDF? What are examples of projects to be funded by this?” Recto said.He also asked for the “negative list of projects or programs” which cannot be funded by the block grant or by the SDF.Recto also requested for social and economic indicators at all levels of the present ARMM, and “programs that will result in better socio-economic numbers.”He said that BBL proponents in the executive branch should also submit a comparative matrix between Republic Act 6734 (ARMM Organic Act), Republic Act 9054 (Amended ARMM Organic Act), and the BBL.“A side-by-side tale of tapes, comparing past, current models, and the future one would help us create the best BBL which will encapsulate all our dreams and visions for a peaceful, progressive South,” Recto said.The senator reiterated his support “for a constitutionally-compliant, fiscally-responsible, grassroots-accepted organic law for the autonomous region.”Speaker: PDP to campaign vs poll bets against federalismSpeaker Pantaleon Alvarez yesterday said the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP) will actively campaign against candidates for senator and other elective positions in the 2019 elections who are opposed to a federal system of government.Speaking before over 3,000 new members of the PDP at the Datu Lipus Makapandong Cultural Center, Alvarez urged the people in the province to support the advocacy of President Duterte and the PDP for a shift to a federal system of government, which he said would open up the development potential of the provinces and the regions.“I have one request, please don’t vote for candidates, particularly for senator, who are opposing federalism,” Alvarez told the new PDP members composed practically of the entire local officials of the province led by Agusan Del Sur Gov. Edward Adolph Plaza, 2nd District rep. Evelyn Mellana and 1st District Rep. Maria Valentina Plaza.With the mass oath-taking, the province of Agusan del Sur became the newest addition to the PDP country.In interview with the local media after the event, Alvarez explained his call against anti-federalism candidates.Alvarez said the ruling party was pushing for federalism to ensure inclusive development, particularly of the poor and neglected areas of the country.Alvarez said it was also time to elevate the political maturity of the nation by focusing the campaign on issues instead of the old practice of politics based solely on popularity or personality.He dared the senatorial hopefuls for the 2019 elections to make a clear stand on the issue of federalism.Alvarez said that if a candidate was opposed to federalism then he was clearly against the interest of provinces and regions.Accompanying Alvarez in the event were Davao City 1st District Rep. Karlo Nograles and Oriental Mindoro 2nd District Rep. Reynaldo Umali, whom the Speaker said would be included in the senatorial slate of the administration party for the 2019 senatorial contest.Earlier, Alvarez said that among the benefits of federalism was that the regions or states would retain the lion’s share of the taxes, instead of having to make do with the meager share the central government was currently sending back to the provinces.He said it was crucial to achieve a shift to a federal system of government within the term of President Duterte, who was the only presidential candidate in the 2016 elections who pushed for a federal system of government.Kimberly Otaza, 26, municipal councilor of Loreto, Agusan Del Sur, who was among the new PDP members, said she fully embraces the idea of federalism.Another new PDP member, 45-year old Duric Gavino, a barangay kagawad of Brgy. Poblacion, Prosperidad town of the province, also expressed support for a shift to a new form of government.Gavino added that he was thankful that President Duterte and the PDP are pushing for a shift to a federal form of government.“So, we thank the President. We support federalism.” he stressed.  .....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Talks on federalism fall silent as Congress awaits Con-com findings

    Discussions on the country's shift to federalism have quiet down because Congress was waiting for the draft charter from the Consultative Committee (Con-com) task to review the 1987 constitution, Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III saidon Thursday.   Pimentel said that when he was still the Senate president, he and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez have agreed to wait for the Con-Com to present its findings.   "We agreed na we will step on the brakes and await the July expected announcement of the product of the Consultative Commission in July 2018," Pimentel told reporters.   "So ngayon nag lie low ang talk," he added.   The C...Keep on reading: Talks on federalism fall silent as Congress awaits Con-com findings.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 31st, 2018

Federalism campaign going to provinces dispel public fears — DILG

After a recent survey revealed that majority of Filipinos do not support the proposal to shift into a federal type of government, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will launch a nationwide campaign to allay the fears of the public on charter change. DILG Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya called the interpretation of the results of the Pulse Asia survey released last week "wrong," insisting that majority of the respondents of the survey were actually for federalism. According to the survey conducted from March 23 to 28 this year, 66 percent of Filipinos opposed replacing the present unitary system of government with a federal one. Out of the 66 percent,...Keep on reading: Federalism campaign going to provinces dispel public fears — DILG.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 11th, 2018

Tañada for amending gov’t code not federalism

Erin Tanada, a former congress representative said that instead of rushing the shift into a federal form of government, it would be better to improve and fully implement the Local Government Code......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsMay 6th, 2018

Federalism support to snowball–DILG

Interior Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya maintains that the shift to the federal system of government has the approval of the majority despite Pulse Asia's recent survey that showed 66 percent of Filipinos are not in favor of it.   Malaya, head of the Federalism and Constitutional Reform Program, said support for federalism would "snowball" once the Consultative Commission had completed its proposed amendments to the Charter. ---JAYMEE T. GAMIL    ...Keep on reading: Federalism support to snowball–DILG.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 5th, 2018

Most Filipinos oppose Charter change, federalism — Pulse Asia

More Filipinos have expressed opposition to amending the 1987 Constitution as around seven out of 10 have rejected the proposed shift to a federal system of government, a latest Pulse Asia survey revealed......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2018

Most Filipino oppose Charter change, federalism — Pulse Asia

More Filipinos have expressed opposition to amending the 1987 Constitution as around seven out of 10 have rejected the proposed shift to a federal system of government, a latest Pulse Asia survey revealed......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2018

The many unrealized attempts to change the Constitution

With 60% of Filipinos disagreeing with the attempt to throw out the 1987 Constitution, will it be the end of the initiative to shift to federalism? A brief history may tell us something......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2018

Troubled waters

With all his callous and cold blooded ways, sadistic and seemingly heartless leadership, the President has truly presented to us the brutal realities that the nation faces – a parochial government, illegal drugs, high rate of criminality, corruption, insurgency and terrorism, West Philippine Sea issues, possible shift to Federalism, integration of the Bangsomoro Law, diaspora of the Filipinos, and the deterioration of our environment among others......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 15th, 2018

Pass law against dynasty before federalism

BAGUIO CITY — A top official of the University of the Cordilleras (UC) challenged senate and congress to pass an anti-dynasty law before talking about a shift to a federal form of government......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsMar 27th, 2018

Federalism without anti-political dynasty law fatal to country

MANILA, Philippines — A shift to a federal form of government without an anti-political dynasty law is “fatal” as this will embolden families to further cont.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 23rd, 2018

Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte backs shift to federalism

MANILA, Philippines — Shifting the form of government to federalism would help address internal migration that strains the resources of highly urbanized citi.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 22nd, 2018

Better Bangsamoro law seen if passed after federal shift

A member of the Malacañang committee drafting a new constitution on Friday floated the “best scenario” of enacting a new Bangsamoro law only after the country shifts to federalism. Source link link: Better Bangsamoro law seen if passed after federal shift.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsMar 16th, 2018

2 PH professors on shift to federalism: ‘Hybrid vs status quo’

TWO members of the Academe presented opposing views on whether or not the Philippines should change its system of government from the current presidential to a federal form. Speaking before the Senate committee on constitutional amendments and reforms on Tuesday, Dr. Francisco Magno of De La Salle University proposed what he called “hybrid federalism” which,… link: 2 PH professors on shift to federalism: ‘Hybrid vs status quo’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsMar 13th, 2018

2 PH professors on shift to federalism: ‘Hybrid vs status quo’

TWO members of the Academe presented opposing views on whether or not the Philippines should change its system of government from the current presidential to a federal form. Speaking before the Senate committee on constitutional amendments and reforms on Tuesday, Dr. Francisco Magno of De La Salle University proposed what he called “hybrid federalism” which, [...] The post 2 PH professors on shift to federalism: ‘Hybrid vs status quo’ appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsMar 13th, 2018

Additional P44B to P72B needed for federalism shift – gov t think tank

MANILA, Philippines – The government's primary socioeconomic policy think tank estimated that the country would spend an additional P44 billion to P72 billion to shift to federalism . Rosario Manasan, senior research fellow of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), said the numbers are based on the different proposals, including ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 13th, 2018

Umali: Postpone barangay polls again to support federalism shift

MALOLOS, Philippines – Oriental Mindoro 2nd District Representative Reynaldo Umali on Monday, March 12, called on barangay officials in Bulacan to support his proposal to postpone – for the 3rd time under this administration – barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. "Hindi po ako sumusuko (I'm still not giving up)," said ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 12th, 2018

Drilon slams ‘plot’ to postpone village polls

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Sunday denounced an alleged plot by allies of President Rodrigo Duterte in the House of Representatives to railroad the amendment of the 1987 Constitution for a shift to federalism so they could cancel next year's midterm elections and extend their terms. In a radio interview, Drilon said he learned about the plot from sources in the House and at least two had spoken to him about a plan to move the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections, set for May this year, to October or November, during which a plebiscite on a new Constitution would also be held. "My information is clear. Two sources have told me that the barangay [and SK]...Keep on reading: Drilon slams ‘plot’ to postpone village polls.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 26th, 2018

Thousands gather in support of federal gov’t in QC Circle

Thousands gathered over the weekend at Quezon Memorial Circle to express support on the plan of the government to shift to federalism. People from various parts of the country attended on Saturday the launching of "Fed-ibig," a movement supporting the shift to a federalist system of government. Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar said in a chance interview that he had a conversation with President Rodrigo Duterte about his plan to change the form of government in the country. According to Andanar, Duterte said that the shift to federalism would push through. "Nagkaroon po kami ng isang conversation, at tinanong ko po siya kung anong plano...Keep on reading: Thousands gather in support of federal gov’t in QC Circle.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2018

CHED to tap SUCs for forums on federalism, charter change

MANILA, Philippines – The 112 state universities and colleges (SUCs) in the country may soon expect to host a number of meetings and forums on the proposed shift to federalism.  Commission on Higher Education (CHED) officer-in-charge Prospero de Vera III said on Friday, February 16 that he has ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2018