Governor lectures on Federalism
Governor Carlos M. Padilla rendered a lecture on Federalism during the Barangay Congress 2017 sponsored by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) of Nueva Vizcaya on July 26 at Crown Legacy Hotel, Baguio City which was attended by the Barangay Council members of the province.
Padilla emphasized on the comparison between Federalism and Unitary System. In Unitary, the Local Government Units (LGUs) derive their power from the Central Government. But in Federal Government, the federal state and the individual state have separate powers based on the Constitution.
There are two proposals of Federalism in the Philippines. The first proposal is the formation of 15 regional governments (i.e. The State of Northern Luzon). The second is, the Philippines shall be divided into 81 individual states constituted by the existing provinces and highly urbanized cities. The second proposal shall make the province The State of Nueva Vizcaya.
The subsidy of the Regional State should be resolved by the proponent of the Federal System clearly written in the proposed Constitution or Organic Act. Shall it be subsidized by the Federal Government or by its component LGUs? Or resources may come from both in the form of subsidy, taxes, fees and other forms of revenue.
The Governor encouraged the audience to be more inquisitive on the various issues regarding Federalism especially during public forums. #bg