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DILG to conduct nationwide info drive on federalism

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, January 15th, 2018


MANILA, Philippines — Representatives of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) are set to conduct information campaign across the country to educate the public on the benefits of federalism.

DILG Assistant Secretary at federalism campaign chief Jonathan Malaya is confident that the general public will welcome the Duterte administration’s federal form of government.

“Ang ipapaliwanag mo na lang sa kanila is yung mas malaking pondong pupunta sa kanilang LGU (local government unit), yung serbisyong mas maganda (What needs to be explained to them is the bigger fund that will go to LGUs and the better services) ,” said Malaya.

Aside from its benefits, DILG also has other ways to make the concept easily understandable to the masses.

“Mag-iikot po kami (We will be going around). Gagawa po kami ng komiks, meron kaming mga kung ano-ano (We will be producing comics and other stuff),” said the campaign chief. “We produced this book with all of the leading federalists because we want to clear the issues,” he said.

Also, Malaya said the local government will have a huge role to help in the realization of the campaign.

The Duterte administration targets to implement federalism before President Rodrigo Duterte ends his term in 2022. — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue

 

 

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Fiscal risks of federalism delays cha-cha

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, August 9th, 2018

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Senate has maintained that deliberations on the proposed federal charter will not be rushed despite calls from the Lower House to fast track discussions.

According to Senate committee on constitutional amendments chairman Francis Pangilinan, there are several questions to be addressed in the campaign for charter change.

These include the warnings of the Duterte administration’s economic managers on the possible threats of federalism on the country’s economy.

“Hindi biro ang usapin ng charter change na dapat magkaroon na ng charter change dahil baka ang maging resulta nito ay man-made calamity, both political and economic disaster,” said Pangilinan.

At the Senate hearing on Wednesday, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez cited the possible fiscal risks of implementing the proposed federal charter.

He said country’s investment-grade credit ratings of the country which allows the country to borrow money with lower interest rates “will go to hell” if the proposed shift to a federal government pushes through.

According to the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), a total of P120 billion is needed by the government to make the shift.

Due to the issues raised, senators urge for more serious discussions on the matter.

“Bakit hindi na lang after May 2019 na mag-ConCon para magkaroon ng separate na halalan para mabusisi ng husto ang revision ng ating Saligang Batas,” said Pangilinan.

Until now, senators have yet to decide on how to amend or revise the Constitution despite its progress in the lower chamber. — Nel Maribojoc

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Mocha Uson lambasted over ‘foul’ federalism video

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, August 6th, 2018

Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson (left) with blogger, Drew Olivar (Image grabbed from Mocha Uson official FB page)

 

MANILA, Philippines – Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson drew the public’s ire for a controversial video on federalism.

Uson and a friend, blogger Drew Olivar, were shown laughing while Olivar was singing and dancing lewdly to a song with the lyrics: “I-pepe, i-pepe, i-dede, i-dede, i-pepe-pepe-pepederalismo,” supposedly to promote the country’s shift to a federal form of government.

Senator Francis Pangilinan in a tweet said the administration should accost Uson for “disrespecting” federalism, a cause that the Duterte administration is strongly advocating.

He also called on Communications Secretary Martin Andanar to explain why he is allowing such actions under his office.

Senator Koko Pimentel said he was disappointed at  having Uson in the said campaign as he expected that authorities on the matter such as members of the Consultative Committee would spearhead the federalism drive. He suggests that Uson should keep off the federalism campaign.

“Hindi ko lubos akalain na bababuyin pala nila ang kawsa ng pederalismo. Ilayo si Mocha sa pederalismo. Magaral muna siya ng mabuti. Mag-leave muna siya.

He also slammed the Assistant Secretary for the wrongful content of the supposed campaign material.

In a script reading, Olivar mentioned countries such as the US, France and Singapore as among those under a federal form of government. Among the three, US is the only one using a federal form of government. France, however, is under a unitary semi‑presidential constitutional republic while Singapore is under a parliamentary republic.

Meanwhile, former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay claimed that the government is not serious in promoting federalism in using Uson as a chief propagandist. He said that Uson’s action reflects the President’s position as she works for the President.

 

Senator Chiz Escudero said such an attempt to attract the public attention on such an important issue is an act of desperation.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III, for his part, said that what Uson and her friend did could just be a joke. But reacting on the manner it is presented, Sotto said “theatrics” will definitely not work for such a serious topic as federalism. — Nel Maribojoc / Marje Pelayo

 

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Filipinos in Japan call for unity ahead of Duterte’s 3rd SONA

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, July 23rd, 2018

FILE PHOTOS: Filipino well-wishers gather outside the Palace Hotel in Tokyo on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, as they wait for the arrival of President Rodrigo Duterte. Karl Norman Alonzo/PPD

 

The overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Japan eagerly await President Rodrigo Duterte’s report in his third State of the Nation Address.

Despite being busy in their respective jobs in Japan, they are still very much interested in what’s happening in their beloved country, the Philippines.

They also appealed to the government and fellow Filipinos to work together in unity. For this year’s SONA here are there expectations, admonitions and concerns:

Marjorie Casis said, “Bilang isang OFW, dapat sana lahat tayo bilang Pilipino, dapat sana magkaisa tayo hindi yung nagkakahiwa-hiwalay tayo, kasi bilang Pilipino, walang magmamalasakitan kundi tayo.”

(As an OFW, I hope that we as Filipinos can be united because who else will be there for you but your own countrymen.)

“Dapat pagtuunan din ng pansin yung mga manggagawa natin sa Pilipinas, dahil sa endo… tapos yung mga infrastructure natin tsaka lalo na yung sa mga magsasaka natin,” OFW Calvin Macutay added.

(The government must also focus on the welfare of workers in the Philippines against illegal contractualization. They should also work on building infrastructures and taking care of farmers.)

“Kailangan po na yung pagtitiwala sa gobyerno, mag-uumpisa po sa sarili natin. Kasi kung wala tayong pagtitiwala sa gobyerno, ang mangyayari nun, wala tayong pagbabago,” OFW Jaime Miedes said.

(Faith in government should start within ourselves. If we don’t trust our government, we will not achieve progress.) — Ryuji Sasaki / UNTV News & Rescue

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