In raising public awareness and education on the need to reform certain provisions of the present Constitution, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Nueva Ecija conducted on November 18-19, 2019 the Constitutional Reform (CoRe) Provincial Roadshow at Nueva Ecija Convention Center, Palayan City, Nueva Ecija.
Dubbed as "Balangayan 2019", the activity was intended for a meaningful convergence of different sectors to directly interact in a dialogue about constitutional reform with government officials and other stakeholders.
In his welcome message, Nueva Ecija Provincial Director Renato G. Bernardino said Balangayan is a provincial roadshow that DILG has been spearheading nationwide to provide more public awareness on the importance of the constitutional reforms and to provide a venue that aims to have a public dialogue and consultation on the proposed constitutional reforms.
The two – day roadshow included four events namely: Media Briefing attended by local Media Entities; Town Hall Meeting attended by Mayors, Vice Mayors and City/ Municipal Councilors; CORETalk attended by DILG Field Officers, academe representatives and youth leaders; and Convention Rally attended by Punong Barangays of Nueva Ecija.
Cluster Team Leaders LGOO VII Dennis A. Daquiz, LGOO VII Fortunato M. Abraham III and Atty. Claryl Ann Fernandez served as CORE resource speakers on the two-day roadshow.
As explained by the resource speakers, it has been 32 years since the 1987 Constitution was enacted and between then and now, there are provisions that are no longer applicable today. Key reforms were discussed through its four pillars. These are "Pagyamanin ang Probinsya, Paluwagin ang Metro Manila", "Gobyero Para sa Tao, Hindi Para sa Trapo", "Bukas na Ekonomiya nang Lahat ay may Pag-tasa", and "Bagong Konstitusyon para sa Bagong Henerasyon".
The CoRe Provincial Roadshow was joined by more than 1,300 representatives from Local Government Units (LGUs), barangay officials, sangguniang kabataan, media entities, students and DILG Field Officers. Involving them recognizes their role in nation-building, especially in obtaining their full support in reforming the present system.