PCL Braces Advocacy on Federalism
On 11 September 2018, the Philippine Councilors League headed by National President Luis “Chavit” Singson and National Chairman Danilo Dayanghirang forged a partnership agreement with Department of the Interior and Local Government through OIC Secretary General Eduardo M. Año and Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya for the Federalism Advocacy.
PCL, with a strong association of 16,764 councilors nationwide, has undertaken to sponsor local laws and ordinances that would promote Federalism in local communities.
It shall spearhead information campaign activities to ensure the success of the Federalism advocacy. As there are League members who are lawyers, educators and public administrators, PCL can likewise provide resource speakers for the seminars which DILG may organize. The DILG on its part will capacitate and certify these speakers from the league for the upcoming Federalism-related learning activities.
“With this agreement, our Federalism thrust will have a wider and deeper scope in terms of information dissemination,” according to DILG Officer-In-Charge General Eduardo M. Año. DILG Assistant Secretary Jonathan E. Malaya on his speech announced that PCL is the first organization and league which expressed full support to the DILG in its aspiration for Federalism shift in the Philippine government.
Aside from Councilors Singson and Dayanghirang, in attendance were PCL National Executive Vice President Benny Brizuela, National Vice-Chairman Elmer Datuin, National Treasurer Sharon Macabebe, National Liaison Officer Jess Cruz, Visayas Island Vice-Chairman Mitch Patricio, Regional Chairman Earl Tidy Oyas, Metro Manila Chairman Richard Peralta, Metro Manila President Carol Cunanan, MMCL VP Rovin Feliciano, National Board Secretary Giovanni Señar, Assistant NB Secretary Peter Thomas Reyes, General Legal Counsel Atty. Rey Oliver Alejandrino and Executive Director Esther Cuadra.