DILG says gov’t still unprepared for proposed federal constitution

Published October 3, 2019, 7:04 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Chito Chavez

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary and spokesman Jonathan Malaya said on Thursday the government is still unprepared to fully campaign for the proposed federal constitution.

DILG undersecretary and spokesman Jonathan Malaya (PCOO / MANILA BULLETIN)
DILG undersecretary and spokesman Jonathan Malaya (PCOO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

In a forum in Quezon City on the prospects for reforms in the 1987 Constitution, Malaya noted the Inter-Agency Task Force on Federalism and Constitutional Reform (IATF) is still in the midst of continuing the discussion on the proposed draft constitution.

Expounding further, Malaya said it is still too early to campaign for that since “there are ongoing discussions in the task force created by the President”.

‘‘Yun po ang katotohanan, hindi pa po nagkakasundo ng buong-buo ‘yung  task force sa mga probisyon ng tinatawag na Puno Commission draft (That is the truth. There is still no consensus in the task force on the provision called Puno Commission draft),” he added.

Malaya aid the IATF plans to submit the proposed federal constitution to President Duterte by the end of the year.
When asked what obstacles are being encountered by the IATF, Malaya said the economic cluster has reservations in the shift to a federal form of government.

“Meron sila (They have this), the DBM (Department of Budget and Management), NEDA (National Economic and Development Authority) and DOF (Department of Finance) all have reservations about this,” Malaya said.

Malaya said the primary concern is the exorbitant cost in the shift tp deferral system.

In Duterte administration’s wish, a federal form of government would have at least 17 regions in the country.