Mandaluyong officials to help Duterte explain re federalism gov't

The officialdom of Mandaluyong led by Mayor Menchie Abalos went on a five-day study tour in Washington DC to learn more about federalism with the purpose to help President Rodrigo Duterte explain this form of government to Filipinos.


Together wth Abalos are 10 councilors and nine departmen heads attended a trainor's training program conducted by the Center for Creative LEaring in partnership with the Local Government Academy of the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

Jimmie Isidro, the city’s public information office chief who also took part in the program, said the study tour held from July 23 to 28 was an initiative of the Mandaluyong local government to educate its officials and prepare for a possible change in the form of government.

“The study tour is a trainor’s training program. If we can bring it down to the barangays, we can help President Duterte in cascading information,” Isidro said in an interview on Friday. “The LGU bears the burden once there is a change to federalism or any form of government. The LGU is the last stop. If the LGU fails, the nation fails also.”

Duterte earlier on Wednesday exclaimed his paln to appoint 24-member commission to draft a constitution that would shift the country toward federalism and to end the Moro rebellion in Mindanao.

The information officer added this would help the DILG and the LGU to become a support system in disseminating information.

Among the officials who joined the study tour were councilors Charisse Marie Abalos-Vargas, the mayor’s daughter; Cherry Lynn Santos; Ayla  Alim-Baldueza; Rodolfo Posadas and Brando Pascual Dominguez, and council secretary Teresa Miranda,  Isidro said.

Source: Inquirer