With the goal of raising public awareness and secure substantial public support on the need to change the present 1987 Constitution, the Department of the Interior and Local Government Aurora launched the Constitutional Reform (CoRe) Provincial Roadshow in the Province of Aurora in a series of activities from November 26 to 28, 2019 with the bulk of participant attending the Balangayan in the Sentro Baler and the Casiguran Agricula.
Popularized as "Balangayan 2019", the roadshow was intended for a meaningful convergence of different sectors to directly interact in a constructive dialogue about constitutional reform with government officials and other stakeholders.
Attended by hundreds of Punong Barangays, along with the barangay-based Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), members of the media, National Government Agencies, uniformed personnel (PNP, AFP, BFP, PCG), Sangguniang Kabataan, representatives from the different sectors and other stakeholders, the activity urged the involved sectors to be partners of the government in advocating for constitutional reform.
The reform pushes a unified message through its four pillars: (1) Pagyamin ang Probinsya, Paluwagin ang Metro Manila, (2) Gobyerno Para sa Tao, Hindi Para sa mga TraPo (Traditional Politicians), (3) Bukas na Ekonomiya na ang Lahat ay May Pag-asa, and (4) Bagong Konstitusyon Para sa Bagong Henerasyon.
Its major concerns would include providing more opportunities for the provinces to develop, elect leaders who care for their constituents and further bring the government closer to the people.
"This is a strategically imposed amendment towards our push for federalism since we believe it will address the boosting of the economy, address political party system, a stumbling blocks that prevents to accelerate our goal to federalism. Ang Constitutional Reform ay hindi kasing lawak ng Federalismo ngunit ito ay isang malaking pagbabago ng sistema ng gobyerno.", Atty. Ofelio A. Tactac, Jr. said in his speech.
Following the advocacy that seeks to strengthen the community participation by involving various sectors and providing equal opportunity for both national and local levels, Atty. Tactac, moreover, underscored that the constitutional reform will be able to reflect the current needs of the country.
The provincial roadshow is just one of the activities in line with President Rodrigo Duterte's directive to intensify public awareness and education about the federal system of government and its impact.
Other series of activities conducted include speakers' training for DILG field officers, academe representatives and local government units' representatives who are targeted to effectively inform and educate the public about the merits of Federalism and constitutional reform.
Towards further conveying the merits of constitutional reform, DILG Aurora also gathered various media personalities for a media briefing.
Moreover, town hall meetings and the CORE Talk were conducted, attended by provincial/municipal chief executives and SK Federation Presidents, CSOs, and the youth sector.
The involvement of the local government units and the youth sector recognize their fundamental role in nation-building, especially in generating their full support in reforming the present system.
LGOO VI Jesus L. Vizconde, Jr. and Hon. Shierwin H. Taay of Dingalan, Aurora served as speakers of the Balangayan series.
The Balangayan also serves as the venue for the provincial launching of the DILG's #DisiplinaMuna National Advocacy Campaign.