By Antonio Colina IV
DAVAO CITY – An advocacy group created by Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in Davao Region will hold a two-day Federalism Roadshow in Davao City next week to raise public awareness on the proposed federal charter.
PIA 11 officer-in-charge Frances Mae G. Macapagat said the roadshow, slated for August 1 to 2, will be attended by city and municipal mayors, governors, and barangay officials in the region, which is composed of five provinces, 43 municipalities, 1,162 barangays, five component cities, and one highly urbanized city.
She said the roadshow aims to build the voters’ understanding and trust toward the shift to federalism, which is now being pushed by the Duterte administration as one of his campaign promises.
She said they also seek to harmonize and consolidate efforts of all government agencies directed toward advocating for the transition to federalism in collaboration with the 22-member Consultative Committee (ConCom) with former Chief Justice Reynato Puno as head, who drafted the proposed federal charter.
Three members of the Con-Com will present and discuss the draft federal constitution, she said.
A first quarter 2018 Social Weather Survey, conducted on March 23 to 27, 2018, showed that only one out of four or 25 percent of the Filipino adults nationwide knew about the federal system of government, while 75 percent learned about it only during the survey.
The survey said 37 percent agree with the federal system of government, and 29 percent disagree, and 34 percent undecided.
It said this gives a net agreement score +7 classified by SWS as neutral.
The SWS said awareness about the federal system of government was highest in Mindanao at 37 percent, followed by Metro Manila at 28 percent, Visayas at 22 percent, and Balance Luzon at 20 percent.
It was slightly higher in rural areas at 27 percent, compared to urban areas at 24 percent.
It was highest among college graduates at 53 percent, followed by high school graduates at 26 percent, non-elementary graduates at 17 percent, and elementary graduates at percent.
It added awareness about the federal system was highest among Muslims at 51 percent, followed by Iglesia ni Cristo members at 37 percent, other Christians at 32 percent, and Catholics at 22 percent.