On March 8 2018, Prof. Edmund Tayao was invited by the Provincial Government of Bulacan for an orientation entitled “Girding LGUs for Federalism” held at the Malolos Club Royale Resort, which was attended by representatives from each municipalities and cities of Bulacan. The orientation aims to prepare the LGUs of Bulacan to federalism by giving lectures on its political, administrative and fiscal aspects.
The event started with an introduction by the Hon. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado, Provincial Governor of Bulacan and former scholar of LOGODEF. In his speech, the Governor points out that the same system that gave us democracy is now manifesting signs defect, and it is now the time to put an end to the monopoly of power of the national government. The Governor expressed his support to federalism and the inclusion of a self-executing anti-dynasty provision, that will end the “ills that prevents us from reaching our goals.”
In his presentation entitled “Configuring LGUs in the Proposed Federal Form of Government”, Prof. Tayao discussed the recent developments in the Consultative Committee to Review the 1987 Constitution (Con-Com), the charter review body of which he is a member. Prof. Tayao presented an overview of federalism and its implications to the LGUs, and accepted questions from various LGU representatives present in the open forum.
Also at the event as resource speakers are Director Novel Bangsal of the Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department (CPBRD) who discussed the “Indispensability of Coordinated Local Development Planning”, Prof. Ramon Casiple of the Institute for Political and Electoral Reform (IPER) who discussed the proposed political and electoral systems, and Dr. Antonio Avila who presented the “Imperatives of Integrated Local Revenue Generation in a Federal Government.”