As the Department of the Interior and Local Government amplifies its efforts to push the administration's call for constitutional reform, DILG Pampanga spearheads a series of roadshows aimed at engendering public support and reinforcing the advocacy's scope at the grassroots level.
A Media Briefing held on November 26, 2019, at the Executive House, Capitol Building is the first in the series of activities. Organized in coordination with the Provincial Government of Pampanga, Provincial Information Office and PIA Region 3, the press event gathered members of the media both from print and broadcast as well as campus journalists from selected schools in Pampanga for a floor discussion on the fundamental principles and merits of the proposed amendments to the 1987 Constitution.
In her message, PD Fabia sought the support of media partners in helping the Department deliver the message of the government to the masses and encouraged the public to get involved in the discourse on Constitutional Reform.
The Constitutional Reform (CoRe) is a nationwide advocacy of the DILG under the Center for Federalism and Constitutional Reform (CFCR) focused on pursuing key political and economic reforms that would address pervasive problems in the country like poverty and corruption. The campaign involves dialogues and meetings with various stakeholders including local officials, media outfits, students and members of school organizations, Sangguniang Kabataan officers and DILG personnel – who are all instrumental in the dissemination of information and education of the general public.
Four Pillars of CoRe
The CoRe advocacy contains several proposed provisions to the Constitution that are in line with Federalism. These are integrated in a Message House consisting of four main pillars: Pagyamanin ang Probinsya, Paluwagin ang Metro Manila; Gobyerno Para sa Tao, Hindi Para Sa Trapo; Bukas na Ekonomiya nang Lahat ay May Pag-asa; Bagong Konstitusyon para sa Bagong Henerasyon.
Changes proposed under these pillars include constitutionalizing the Mandas Ruling, which will increase the internal revenue allotment of all LGUs; revision of IRA-sharing criteria that will be more equitable and responsive to the needs of the LGUs; and the establishment of the Regional Development Authority, which would empower the regions and strengthen their capabilities to spur developments in their localities.