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Tagbilaran to host federalism regional summit

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By Dandan A. Bantugan

Tagbilaran City – More than 10,000 delegates will converge in this city for a regional convention on federalism from April 7 to 8.

Manuel Melecio, chairman of the Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte-National Executive Coordinating Committee (MRRD-NECC) revealed the number of delegates invited to the convention during his courtesy calls on Governor Edgar M. Chatto and Tagbilaran Mayor John Geesnell L. Yap over the weekend.

The delegates will be coming from Bohol, Cebu, Siquijor, and Negros Oriental.

The two-day gathering is a form of support to the administration’s aggressive drive towards the shift into a federal system of government.

Melecio, who is also the chairman of the pro-Duterte group’s Central Visayas chapter, said they are expecting 10 cabinet members to attend the event which will be held at the Bohol Cultural Center in the city.

The group has also invited Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Sec. John Castriciones, Land Bank board of director Jesus Hinlo, and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Sec. Guilling Mamondiong to join the event.

Several undersecretaries and other government officials, both national and local, were also asked to attend the activity, added Melecio.

According to Melecio, new members of the group will also take oath during the event.

During his courtesy calls on Chatto and Yap, Melecio also personally invited them to attend and participate in the activity.

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