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2008/08/15

Benguet town mator open to federal form of government

by SC Aro

La Trinidad, Benguet (15 August) -- If indeed our national leaders are inclined in pushing for federalism, there should be a showcasing of areas to determine its viability as a basis in pressing for such form of government.

This is the idea of this town's Mayor Artemio Galwan who says that a comparative study should still be done which culls out the benefits that would redound to the local government units should they be shifting to federal form of government.

Galwan, who is open to the idea if it is the better way to progress, stressed that presumptions should be backed up with something concrete that would benefit the LGUs.

The national government should also know the sentiments of the provinces as they will be affected, he added.

Furthermore, they should do a thorough study of regions that would be converted into federal states such as their commonalities in terms of customs and traditions and do some re-alignments for re-clustering but most importantly consider economic benefits, he said.

Crucial is the power struggle of existing political leaders according to Galwan if they have welded minds in electing a common leader among themselves which will not hopefully create divisiveness.

In the clustering of islands in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, there should be prototype studies, one from the rich area and another from the poor area and see the impact of each, Galwan suggested.

It is just like implementing a big project subject to impact study prior to its replication, building on the strengths and improving on weaknesses, he said.

As to charter change, Galwan said definitely there should be amendments in the Constitution as this will be affected should the country embrace the idea of federalism. (PIA-Benguet) [top]

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