OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental, Nov. 25 (PIA) --In line with President Rodrigo Duterte's call to address the endemic issues of corruption, unemployment, and regional inequality, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Misamis Occidental conducted a Constitutional Reform Provincial Roadshow: Media Briefing and Townhall Meeting at the New Function Hall, Capitol, Oroquieta City.
The event was attended by various media outlets and local government units representatives in Misamis Occidental. This came as part of the two-day event roadshow the Core is doing in the different regions as a venue where people are informed on constitutional reforms and federalism.
The activity aims to develop and implement a public relations and social media plan that will make federalism a prior issue, leading immediate solution in the country to be implemented by project management office, the communication bureau or the PCOO with the assistance of the regional and provincial offices of the Philippine Information Agency.
DILG Provincial Director Pablio Benitez Jr. said the CoRe aims to inform and educate the people on the profits of constitutional reform and create an interface dialogue between the government and constituents on how to address pressing issues peculiar in the province.
Benitez also reiterated the role of media in disseminating information on its constitutional reform advocacy.
"Among the activities for the provincial roadshows are CoRe media briefing, town hall meeting, and CoRe talk and convention campaign with leaders and members of the multi-sectoral group," said Benitez.
During the media briefing, ConCom member, Professor Eddie Alih discussed the Constitutional Reforms which has four pillars of messaging: Pagyamanin ang probinsya, paluwagin ang Metro Manila (Enriching the province, outspan Metro Manila); Gobyerno para sa tao, hindi para sa trapo (Government for the people, not for the traditional politician); Bukas na ekonomiya nang lahat ay may pag-asa (Hope for open economy for all); and Bagong konstitusyon para sa bagong henerasyon (New constitution for the new generation).
"We are campaigning for specifically the equality provisions, such as the political party reform and the anti-dynasty commission, and the open economy for all," Alih said.
As explained, it has been 32 years since the 1987 Constitution was enacted and between then and now, a lot of things have already changed.
There are new challenges and problems thus the need to adopt and look into what part of the constitution needs to be amended.
"This time, we are older and hopefully wiser. We have a better product now. It is a slow process but we still think by 2022 before President Rodrigo Duterte steps down, it will be accomplished at least the specific amendments but ideally the new Constitution," Alih added.
Alih believed that the new form of government will reduce poverty, corruption and political dynasty in the country.
"Let us all sacrifice for this country, for the sake of our beloved nation and our people. Now is the time to change the system of our government," Alih said.
The government will continue the campaign for constitutional reforms as a key component of the President's economic and political reform agenda as a response to the changing needs of the people and to further strengthen the Philippine economy and national security.
"This public confusion on federalism must be settled with a firm, resolute stance that we prefer political and economic reforms over preserving the political and economic elite's hold on power and the national wealth," said Alih.
"Change is hard but constitutional reform is the way change we need for the future we want," he added. (SMRN /PIA MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL)