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‘Experts’ comments help improve fed constitution’
by DILG release

The country’s top economic managers’ position on the Consultative Committee’s (ConCom’s) draft federal constitution would be helpful in improving the draft charter further, according to the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

“The way we see it, the economic managers do not oppose a shift to federalism. They support federalism but they would want to focus on preparing the economic fundamentals for federalism to be fully implemented. This includes infrastructure and real dispersed regional development,” said DILG Spokesperson Jonathan E. Malaya.

Following an interagency meeting recently, Socio-economic Planning Sec. Ernesto M. Pernia said that a federal shift could incur the country an additional cost of P156.6 billion to P253.5B.

Pernia said that this could cause “inevitable disruptions” to the country’s economic growth.

Malaya and the ConCom disputed this, saying that their computation only puts the cost of fede-ralism to P20B.

Despite this, the DILG believes that the position of the economic managers serves as the beginning of the consultation process on the economic impact of federalizing the country.

Malaya said there will be continuing consultations and technical discussions with the economic managers to gather their inputs in order to unite under the President’s push for federalism.

This comes after critics slammed the draft model for its vague fiscal and economic provisions.

The DILG is optimistic of the continuing consultation process with the public, especially during the federalism road shows it conducts in the regions.

So far, the government has conducted federalism roadshows in Dumaguete, Cebu, Baguio, Legazpi, Davao, and Tacloban.

The public may send their comments, reactions, queries, and suggestions to the DILG Center for Federalism and Constitutional Reform’s (CFCR’s) email: info@pederalismo.org.ph or message the Pederalismo Facebook page @bayanihanfederalism.


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