Batangas State University in cooperation with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region IV-A ,the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Consultative Committee to Review the 1987 held two fora to intensify public information campaign on federalism last October 19, 8am at the Amphitheater, 4th floor, CITE Building, Pablo Borbon Main I and October 26, 1pm at the Gov. Felicano Sanoy Leviste Multipurpose Gymnasium.
In order to understand the proposed federal system of government in the country, Prof. Edmund S. Tayao, Executive Director of the Local Government Development Foundation and Atty. Neri Javier Colmenares, member of Bayan Muna Partylist were invited by BatStateU and DILG Region IV-A to serve as resource persons on October 19. Prof. Tayao, member of the Consultative Committee (ConCom) to review the 1987 Philippine Constitution highlights that federalism is the answer to effective governance thus will bring progress to the country as it hopes to empower the people and the regions to alleviate themselves from poverty. Atty. Neri Javier Colmenares, on the other hand, believes that the system and not the constitution, is the reason why the country is still impoverished. He stressed that the country is poor because of contractualization, corruption and political dynasty.
Dr. Tirso A. Ronquillo, BatStateU President, acknowledged the efforts of the government to let the Filipinos understand federalism. In his welcome message, Dr. Ronquillo shared among the more than 800 guests and participants from various local government agencies and members of the media the importance of communicating the supporting and opposing arguments of federalism. Dir. Manuel Q. Gotis, DILG Region IV-A Director recognized BatStateU’s commitment in supporting the activities of the government and the dedication of the guest speakers in sharing their knowledge and expertise on federalism.
Meanwhile, Atty. Ruel V. Canobas, former member of the BatStateU Board of Regents, delivered the forum’s statement of purpose while Atty. Luzviminda C. Rosales, Vice President for Administration and Finance introduced the resource speakers. In his closing remarks, Fr. Roy Macatangay recognized the efforts of the credible guest speakers and shared to the audience the importance of information dissemination to be able to understand federalism.
Another forum on federalism took place on October 26 with Higher Education Stakeholders as the audience. Dr. Juliet M. Paras, OIC Director IV, Commission on Higher Education Region (CHEDRO) IV, gave the overview of the forum and introduced the guest speakers. Atty. Susan U. Ordinario, Commissioner, Consultative Committee to Review the 1987 Constitution gave the overview of the draft federal constitution while Atty. Joselito C. Alisuag, Director IV, Office of Institutional Quality Assurance and Governance CHED talked about the profile of Region IV and its Higher Education Institutions. Dr. J. Prospero E. De Vera II, Chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education shared with the audience the relationship of higher education and federalism.
Before the forum, a press conference with national and local media was held at the function hall, 7th floor, CIRTC building, Pablo Borbon Main I with CHED Chairperson De Vera, Atty. Ordinario, Dr. Paras and Atty. Luzviminda Rosales, BatStateU Vice President for Administration and Finance as panelists. Asst. Prof. Kristoffer Conrad M. Tejada served as moderator.