Nat’l convention on federalism set in Dumaguete

By Jennifer Catan-Tilos

DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) —  The Hugpong Federal Movement of the Philippines (HFMP) led by convenor Atty. Joel Obar is set to host the 1st National Convention on Federalism on September 9 to 10 at the Negros Oriental Convention Center here.

Obar said in a local coordination meeting that President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to grace the opening ceremony.

The convention banners the theme “Isulong ang Federalismo para sa Tunay na Pagbabago” which will gather more than 2,000 delegates from 18 regions in the country.

“There will be three kinds of delegates attending the convention which include members of the Hugpong all over the country, walk-in delegates and guest who are interested to join the convention, and participants from the local government units,” said Obar.

On September 8, a motorcade will be held in the afternoon with volunteer-delegates.

“The convention will start on September 9 of which in the morning is for registration only. However, the program will open at 1:00 p.m. where Pres. Duterte is the keynote speaker,” said Obar.

The program will be opened with ecumenical prayer followed by and opening remarks of Dumaguete City mayor Felipe Remollo then welcome message by Governor Roel Degamo.

Deputy Cabinet Secretary Peter Laviña is tasked to introduce the president who will give the keynote address after which Atty. Obar will close the first part of the program.

The convention proper will present the following topics:

  1. Difference between Unitary System and Federal System of government by former senator Atty. Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel
  2. The Social Benefits of Federal System of Government by Sec. Manny Piñol of the Department of Agriculture
  3. Onward Sectoral Direction by Leoncio “June” Evasco
  4. The advantages of Federal System towards Local Government Units by Sec. Ismael Sueno of The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)

On September 10, the participants will do the workshop with main questions such as, How to bring Federalism to the grassroots? How to prepare for the Constitutional Convention?


The delegate-participants will also prepare and draft a Manisfesto on Federalism which they sign after the reporting in a plenary. (jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was originally published at PIA website on Aug. 26, 2016)

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