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Federalism consultation set


The first regional consultation on the proposed federal form of government will be held at the Negros Oriental Convention Center in Dumaguete City, 8 a.m. to noon on Monday, a government press release said.

About 500 participants will gather and give feedback on the proposed draft constitution that will be presented by the Consultative Committee of the Constitutional Commission.

Invited participants will come from various sectoral groups like women, farmers, academe, church, and business, among others, and representatives from local government units and regional line agencies in Central Visayas, the press release said.

The ConCom, created under Executive Order 10 to review the 1987 Constitution, has completed its task and has formulated a draft of the proposed constitution to present to the people during a series of regional consultations throughout the country.

An assigned ConCom member will lead the presentation of the proposed federal constitution after which, an open forum will follow.

Stakeholders are encouraged to give their inputs during the forum after the presentation of the proposed federal constitution.

The Presidential Management Staff is the lead agency in the regional consultations with the active involvement of the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Presidential Communications Operations Office - Philippine Information Agency.

Regional consultations will be held on June 25 to 27 in Baguio City and July 5 to 7 in Legazpi City, Albay.

A federalism roadshow launch will also be conducted on June 18 with two big events, the Town Hall Meeting, and the Federalism Convention Rally at the Macias Memorial Stadium in Dumaguete City.

The Town Hall Meeting at 9 a.m. will be a dialog between multi sectoral leaders and local officials with federalism resource persons. Topics to be tackled include Federalism and the Negros Island Region, the proposed changes in the 1987 Constitution, and the envisioned federal government and the federated regions.

Around 5,000 participants will assemble for the federalism rally, the press release added.*


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