With the country's political future in mind and recognizing the need to bring political discourse on federalism to level-headed discussions, the Local Government Development Foundation (LOGODEF) engaged political activists, members of the academe, representatives of civil society organizations, international experts on political reforms, among others and helped the formation of a non-partisan coalition called Political Reform Exponents of the Philippines (PREP). This coalition is launching a movement to push for better understanding of federalism dubbed Federalism Dialogue Initiative. It is a dialogue as its primary aim is to further understand reforms and determine the best way to move forward.
Acknowledging the need for deeper appreciation of the concepts, structures, accountabilities, and other issues relating to proposals to shift the current system of government from the present unitary to a federal system of government, the PDP Laban Federalism Institute has engaged PREP to launch an initiative to engage stakeholders, people's organizations, academic institutions, the media, political parties, to sit down and undertake a data driven and process-based discussion on the pros and cons of federalism.
On September 22-23, 2016, PREP shall initiate the movement with a conference entitled From Decentralization to Federalism: The Next Stage of Philippine Democracy? at the City Garden Grand Hotel, Makati City
The conference has invited international experts from Canada, Australia, Germany, India, Pakistan and the United States of America to highlight the benefits of federalism and share their experiences of their respective governments.
Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel will keynote the Conference with his own paper presentation.
In this connection, we invite your organization/network to cover the event. A Press Conference shall be held at 12nn, at the City Garden Grand Hotel in Makati City on 22 September 2016. The Senate President and a panel of international experts will elaborate on their papers during the press con.
Source: Philippine Information Agency