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USEC. EDUARDO M. AÑO
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ASEC MARIBEL C. SACENDONCILLO, CESO III
OIC - Undersecretary for Local Government
MARLO  L. IRINGAN, CESO III
Regional Director
ARACELI A. SAN JOSE, CESO V
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Asec. Jonathan E. Malaya of DILG presenting the rationale of the Federalism Convention.
The staff of DILG-CAR facilitating the registration of participants.
The 2,000+ participants of the Federalism Convention.
Dr. Virgilio Bautista giving the updates on the Recommendations of the  Consultative Commission.
Atty. Marco Bautista, the keynote speaker of the Convention making an emphasis on the Federal system of governance.
Baguio-born International artist Benjamin Leonor Cruz rendering a song to the participants during the convention.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan of Baguio City signing the Manifesto of Support for Federalism.
DILG-CAR Regional Director Marlo Iringan signing the Manifesto of Support for Federalism.
Youth participants showing support to Federalism by signing the Manifesto.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) was tasked by the President, in his first State of Nation Address (SONA), to spearhead the program on studying, advocating, and campaigning for the change in the form of government. He tasked the department to undertake nationwide information and education campaign to strengthen the national discourse and elicit public support for Federalism. In December of last year, the President reiterated his directive to the DILG to intensify its public education campaign in view of the fact that a lot of people have yet to understand the federal system of government and its impact.

In compliance with the President’s directive, the DILG-CAR in participation with the DILG Center for Federalism and Constitutional Reform – Project Management Office (CFCR-PMO) conducted activities for the Regional Federalism Road Show in the Cordillera.

The Regional Convention was attended by 2,261 participants excluding VIPs. The attendees were composed of:

  1. Local Government Officials and Functionaries
  2. Non-Government Organization (NGOs)
  3. Peoples Organization (POs)
  4. Regional Line Agencies (RLAs)
  5. Representatives from the Academe
  6. Uniformed and non-uniformed personnel of the Armed Forces, Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), and Bureau of Jail and Penology (BJMP)
  7. DILG-Center for Federalism and Constitutional Reform – Project Management Office (CFCR-PMO) and;
  8. Other stake holders

The Regional Federalism Convention aimed to:

1. Organize and conduct education and information dissemination campaigns to shape public opinion;

2. Build voter thrust towards a decisive Yes vote for federalism; and,

3. Strengthen stakeholder relationships in the Region.

Regional Federalism Convention

The Regional Convention for Federalism started with a popular praise song followed by the singing of the Philippine national anthem and the Cordillera Hymn, led by the Baguio City Hall Choir. After the recognition of the participants, a heart-warming welcome remarks was delivered by Baguio City Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan. In his message Mayor Domogan stressed that the consultation for Federalism needs a collective participation because no one has the monopoly of knowledge of it. In addition, he emphasized that the clamor of the Cordillera for autonomy is not in contrary to the support for Federalism.

ASEC Jonathan E. Malaya of the DILG presented the rationale of the activity. The Constitution is an embodiment of the will of a person, he said. Further, he said that the Constitution being amended is not for the few individuals, the DILG, or the Duterte administration but the Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines. Furthermore, he emphasized that the task of rewriting the constitution is a task of all.

After the presentation of the rationale of the activity, Prof. Edmund S. Tayao, Commisioner, Consultative Committee to Review the 1987 Constitution, presented the Philippine Situationer (What is wrong with the Unitary System?). In the presentation, Prof. Tayao pointed out that by changing the political system, one can expect a significant changes in governance as well. He also singled out the problem on our political system which he related it on the lottery betting system. Citing the case of CAR region on its clamor for autonomy and the current state of the unitary system of government, he said that the rule of the game should be change so that the “voice” of everyone will be heard. “In fact, if you are going to look at our 1987 Constitution, the only reason why it is drafted is to simply avoid another dictatorship. I hope this time around we draft the constitution with one single objective and that is the empowerment of the people”, he said.

Next speaker who presented the need for Federalism in the Philippines was Prof. Eddie M. Alih, Commisioner, Consultative Committee to Review the 1987 Constitution. At the onset of his presentation, he posed a question regarding the current unitary form of government that we have if it answered the needs of our nation specifically on poverty. He mentioned the case of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) which have a 53.4% poverty incidence. On a lighter note, ARMM was given an autonomy status and supposedly with CAR region based on the 1987 Constitution. To sum up all, Prof. Alih focus on the political dynasty, revenue generation, and, highly centralized form of government issues as the underlying situations why there is a need for Federalism in the Philippines.

Thereupon, Dr. Virgilio Bautista, Commissioner, Consultative Committee to Review the 1987 Constitution, presented the updates on the recommendations of the Consultative Commission. He stated the changes in the judicial, executive, and, legislative of the Government. “In the case of the Cordilleras, the Regional structure would be, we will elect a Regional Governor, a Regional Vice-Governor, and Regional Assemblymen”, he said.  

He also clarified that CAR will be an independent region in response to the notion that it will be a part of Region 1 or Region 2. “It is not only as one region but a special region with autonomous power” he added.

After the presentation of the updates on the recommendations of the Consultative Commission, Atty. Marco Bautista, Undersecretary, Department of Tourism, delivered his keynote speech. In his speech, he said that our government should be more inclusive and sustainable. “We believe that Federalism is a means toward inclusivity, sustainability, and greater development of places that seem to be overlook by our national government”, he added. As his parting shot, he said that the road to Federalism is not an easy path so everyone must participate and eventually contributing a legacy for the human race.

An intermission number by Benjamin Leonor Cruz, an international recording artist born and raised in Baguio, followed after the keynote speaker delivered his speech.

Subsequently, Mauricio G. Domogan the Mayor of Baguio City, Michael L. Lawana Regional President of the Liga ng mga Barangay and of the Cordillera Coalition for Federalism, Felipe Remollo the Mayor of Dumaguete City, Joselito Malabor of Isabela, Negros Occidental, and Asec Marie R. Banaag of the Presidential Communications R. Banaag express all their support to Federalism during the program.

In addition to the statements of support to Federalism, there was a launching of Federalism Logo and Federalism Unity led by Asec. Jonathan E. Malaya. The logo “Pederalismo”, bears the Philippine flag, an eagle, and the monument of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal.

The signing of manifesto of support served as the pre - closing ceremony for the program.

Finally, DILG-CAR Regional Director Engr. Marlo L. Iringan ended the Convention with a closing remarks wherein he recognize the efforts and support of the different groups and individuals who are credited for the success of the activity. ### Milton F. Helario / DILG-CAR

 
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CORDILLERA ADMINISTRATIVE REGION   QUICK FACTS
Land Area (sq.Km.): 19,611.10
Population (2010): 1,616,867
No. of Provinces: 6
No. of Municipalities: 75
No. of HUCs: 1 (Baguio City)
No. of Component Cities: 1 (Tabuk City)
Total No. of Barangays: 1,176
Legal Basis of Creation: EO 220
Date of Creation: 7/15/1987
PROVINCE / CITY NO. OF REGISTERED VOTERS (Oct 31, 2015)
ABRA 156,968
APAYAO 64,867
BENGUET 204,497
BAGUIO CITY 147,794
IFUGAO 112,328
KALINGA & TABUK CITY
121,375
MT. PROVINCE 98,351
TOTAL
906,180

 

 

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CLUSTERED GEOHAZARD MAPS
ABRA
 
 
 
Bangued
Licuan-Baay
Manabo
 
Sallapadan
Tineg
 
APAYAO
 
 
 
Calanasan
Kabugao
Lenneng
 
 
Pudtol
 
Baguio City
BENGUET
 
 
 
 Atok Kabayan  Mankayan
IFUGAO
     
 Bunhian Lagawe  
KALINGA
     
Lubuagan Salegseg City of Tabuk
MT. PROVINCE
     
 Bontoc Paracelis  Sadanga
Reference: Geohazard maps were extracted from the  Geological Database Information System (GDIS) of the Mines & Geosciences Bureau (MGB) portal through this link.
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