With the rising issue on the Philippines’ possible shift in the form of government, Foundation Dialogue, during its first edition, discussed on Federalism last March 8 at the Sofia Soller Sinco Hall.
Esteemed guests: Atty. Joel Obar from the People’s Solidarity Federal Party of the Philippines (PSFPP) and Atty. Golda Benjamin from Silliman University College of Law, together with Foundation University Student Government President Phil William Rhideout, shared their thoughts on the readiness and its applicability of Federalism to the country.
Atty. Benjamin strongly expressed her thoughts that the Philippines is not yet ready to embrace Federalism given that government is not strong and mature enough. She added that this will only cultivate political dynasties and will bring down economies of places with no tourism potential. Atty. Benjamin also pointed out the importance of political maturity and the local government units’ inefficiency if they will be bestowed greater autonomy.
On the other hand, Atty. Obar conveyed his affirmative stand on Federalism through his opening statement, “This (The implementation of Federalism) should be done long, long ago. This is a long overdue.” As what he shared, in shifting from centrist to the federal form, the native nation can be restored, considering the difference of cultures and tradition from each locality or region, in a broader sense. “For as long as we don’t shift to federalism, there could be no peace and development and poverty will always exist,” said Atty. Obar. In the end, he expressed that the aim of federalism is also to correct historical injustice.
Furthermore, FU political science graduate Phil William Rhideout conveyed some points of approval on the implementation of federalism.
Foundation Dialogue, an initiative of the Foundation University Vicente Sinco School of Governance, a soon-to-be-launched unit, is a platform that brings in experts and practitioners from different fields of study and practice to engage in a civil and intellectual discourse on pressing social, economic, and political issue of local and national reach to provide the audience valuable insights and well-founded understanding of the issues at hand.