ConCom Nachura, Tayao lecture on Federalism during CLLEP
More than 2000 councilors from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao attended classes on Federalism spearheaded by PCL Legislative Academy and DILG Bureau of Local Government Supervision during the 2018 3rd National Executive Officers-National Board Meeting and 6th Series of Continuing Local Legislative Education Program on 20 September 2018 in Zamboanga City.
As a result of the recently signed Memorandum of Understanding between Philippine Councilors League with Department of the Interior and Local Government through OIC Secretary General Eduardo Año and Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya, the PCL Legislative Academy invited the honorable members of the Constitutional Commission to discuss their context of Federalism. According to PCLLA Executive Director Helario Caminero, the CLLEP classes will provide significant information direct from the source as he invited Justice Antonio Eduardo Nachura (ret.) to talk about the highlights of the Federal Government and Professor Edmund Tayao on the proposed Federated Regions or Subnational Governments under the ConCom Draft.
According to Professor Ed Tayao, “Federalism as proposed, analyzing where the country’s politics and governance now, is expected to overhaul the system and change the way government operates and how the leaders act. The new system will not only bring down more powers and resources but more so will expect more from local leaders particularly in formulating the right programs and policies”. He added that PCL, ahead of many organizations has taken up the challenge aware of the real good governance to happen. The slated series of activities educating local officials across the country will surely prepare the country’s leaders for the new system and PCL-LA will play a vital role in pushing for this historic reform initiative forward.
In addition to the said topics under the ConCom draft of the Federal Philippine Constitution, Atty. Jesza Mae Ferrer taught the delegates on Political Reforms, Constitutional Bodies -Political Parties, Electoral Reforms and Political Dynasty. Atty. Susan Ubalde-Ordinario ‘s topic concentrated on the reasons for why the country needs a Federal Form of government. Atty. Baby Marian Grace Cayetano’s topic was about social justice and human rights. On the other hand, Atty. Raul S. Corro gave updates on decided cases in local governance while Commissioner Omar Yasser Sema lectured on the Bangsamoro Organic Law.