Views and prognosis by CenPEG Fellows in 8th State of the Presidency

CenPEG News
August 1, 2016

Temario C. Rivera, Board chair of the Center for People Empowerment in Governance (CenPEG), says the proposed Federalist system of government risks being mistaken as an one-size fits all type of solution to the country’s endemic problems.

Speaking first during CenPEG’s 8th State of the Presidency (SoP) on July 28, 2016, Rivera said that so far Federalism proponents led by the new president himself, Rodrigo R. Duterte (RRD), agree only on the principle of “self-rule and shared rule” which is being used to provide for the fair allocation of development resources among the regions and as a final solution to the decades-old struggle for self-determination of the Moro people as well as national minorities. He proposed, however, that adopting the Federalist system of government should go hand in hand with having an effective anti-dynasty law and a real political party system, among other requisites.

Held in cooperation with the Dean’s office of the National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG) of UP in Diliman as well as the Integrated Development Studies Institute (IDSI), CenPEG’s annual SoP had nine Fellows taking turns looking into RRD’s policy pronouncements that were also underscored during the president’s first State of the Nation Address (SONA, July 25).

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Moderator CenPEG Executive Director Evi Jimenez (3rd from left, head panel) opens the 8th State of the Presidency round-table discussion together with NCPAG Dean Maria Fe Mendoza and CenPEG Fellows. CenPEG photo

The round-table discussion had CenPEG Executive Director Evita L. Jimenez as Moderator while the welcome address was delivered by the NCPAG Dean, Maria Fe V. Mendoza. Sec. Liza Maza, Lead Convener of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), was to deliver the Keynote but had to attend an emergency meeting in Malacañang. (See her speech linked to this article.)

The CenPEG Fellows’ salient points are:

Panel reactors included: George T. Siy (IDSI), Prof. Marivic Raquiza (NCPAG), Atty. Edwin dela Cruz (International Seafarers Action Center), Prof. Toti Casino (AES Watch and Philippine Computer Society), Prof. Charithie Joaquin (Academics chief, National Defense College of the Philippines), and Roxanne Lim (retired professor and former Dean, UP Asian Center).

Volunteering for the forum secretariat were political science students from UP Manila.

CenPEG’s 8th SoP was attended by representatives of the academic community, students, NGOs, research organizations, legislative staff and political parties, advocacy groups, as well as the diplomatic corps and media. CenPEG News

Luis V. Teodoro (2nd from left) tackles Duterte's Freedom of Information (FOI) executive together and with him from left are Nelson Celis, Jimenez, Mendoza, Fellows Jul Wadi and Roland Simbulan. CenPEG photo

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