DILG rolls out Constitutional Reform Roadshow in Pampanga

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) rolled-out Tuesday the Constitutional Reform (CoRe) Roadshow in Pampanga.

“This aims to communicate clearly to our citizens the government’s comprehensive movement or the effort to achieve our dream of having a progressive nation,” DILG Provincial Director Myrvi Apostol-Fabia said.

She gave an overview of the four main pillars of the so-called “surgical provisions” under CoRe.

These include Pagyamanin ang Probinsya, Paluwagin ang Metro Manila; Gobyerno para sa Tao, hindi para sa Trapo; Bukas na Ekonomiya nang Lahat ay may Pag-asa; and Bagong Konstitusyon para sa Bagong Henerasyon.

DILG Pampanga CoRe Program Manager Mark Jason Veran discussed about the first pillar which focuses on constitutionalizing the “Mandanas Ruling” of the Supreme Court and the revision of the Internal Revenue Allotment sharing criteria as well as the establishment of the Regional Development Authority in the hope of decongesting Metro Manila and giving autonomy to the regions. 

Meanwhile, DILG Pampanga Cluster Team Leader Jose Algy Canlas explained the proposed political party reforms, campaign finance transparency, anti-turncoatism and anti-political dynasty under the second pillar.

For the third pillar, Cluster Team Leader Renalyn Iglesias explained the economic reform focusing mainly on the removal of the explicit foreign equity limitations. 

“This aims to prescribe a flexible setup and provide Congress with the power to enact changes as deemed necessary. This will drive more foreign investments which will result to more jobs for the Filipinos,” she said. 

In the fourth and last pillar, Iglesias stressed that the constitutional amendments will contribute in meeting the needs and reflecting the aspirations of the present generation. 

Activities in the roadshow include a Media Briefing, Townhall Meeting with local chief executives, CoRe Talk with the youth sector and the Balangayan 2019: CoRe Convention Rally that was attended by barangay officials. – Mari Joy S. Carbungco