The Department of Interior and Local Government, Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno urged village officials to schedule assemblies to push for the federalism campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Sueno said that these assemblies are relevant avenues to discuss ‘PHederalism’. He added that this is the Philippines’ version of federalism that takes into consideration the country’s “cultural particularities and sensibilities.”
“PHederalism is our own indigenized federalism experience that reflects the identities of our people while deriving and learning from the best practices of all federal countries … to attain an evolving type of federalism that is fully unique to the Philippine experience,” Sueno said.
DILG Undersecretary for Legislative Liaison and Special Concerns, Emily Padilla issued a memorandum to the agency’s regional directors to encourage barangay officials to stand as ‘consistent partners’ in the administration’s drive for federalism.
She added that federalism will only be possible with the support of the local units to discuss and be firm in contributing to the country’s vision of progress.
“Federalism is our last card to attain peace and progress in our country.” Padilla said