Barangay officials from all over the country have been rallied to help the government campaign to explain the benefits of federalism to their constituents, Annabelle Bermudo, Negros Occidental Association of Barangay Captains president, said yesterday.
The barangay officials, who joined the League of Barangays of the Philippines national congress at the Manila Hotel that ended yesterday, were also reminded to continue to do their share in the fight against illegal drugs, terrorism and violent extremism, said Bermudo, who was at the congress.
The barangay officials were asked to lead the federalism education campaign in the grassroots with the Department of Interior and Local Government providing the speakers, she said.
Visayas governors and mayors were also invited to a consultation hearing on the proposals to amend the 1987 Constitution in Cebu yesterday, but many mayors from Negros Occidental did not go, saying they were given very short notice.
Bermudo said about 300 to 400 barangay officials from Negros Occidental are gathering in Clark in Pampanga starting today until Sunday where federalism will also be tackled at one of their sessions to be attended by presidential spokesman Harry Roque.
The barangay captains are in Clark to discuss innovative sisterhood possibilities with counterparts in Pampanga, a sister province of Negros Occidental, she said.*CPG
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