TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, May 10 (PIA) – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) task team on federalism, in its effort to conduct massive information drive on the benefits of federalism as a form of government, recently conducted two federalism provincial summits here last May 8 and in Cauayan City, Isabela last May 9, 2017.
Undersecretary Atty. Emily O. Padilla said the federal form of government will allow positive change to the country as it is seen as the ultimate resort towards the attainment of lasting peace and progress in the communities.
“Through the federal form of government, you will be given autonomy to implement policies and programs that will propel your economy and improve your people’s living status,” Padilla said during the first federalism summit here.
She said through federalism, corruption will be eliminated and 80 percent of the income of the federal state will be allocated for its own development programs while the remaining 20 percent will be downloaded to the national.
Padilla said federalism is an implementing mechanism to address the concerns of ending corruption and enhancing services, ending the drug problem and criminality.
She also said federalism will not promote division rather it consolidates and strengths the country’s capabilities to cope with the challenges of times and create a more resilient and developed Filipino citizenry.
The undersecretary urged everyone to help the administration in its campaign for federalism. Let us all be part of the legacy, she said.
Since August 2016, the DILG already visited 36 provinces to include the summits here and in Isabela. (ALM/MDCT/OTB/PIA-Cagayan)