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Duterte creates federalism interagency group

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the creation of an inter-agency task force (IATF) tasked to integrate and harmonize efforts towards federalism and constitutional reform.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, by the authority of the President, signed Memorandum Circular No. 52 on October 31, but only released to the media on Monday.

Section 2 of the memorandum provides that, the IATF will develop strategies and implement activities that will raise public awareness on federalism and constitutional reforms.

The group is likewise mandated to prepare an information dissemination and public communication plan to ensure the efficacy of advocacy activities.

Consultations with the former members of the Consultative Committee, government agencies, the private sector, and the public are also encouraged under the new directive.

“The conduct of a public information drive and advocacy campaign at the grassroots level is necessary to raise public awareness on Federalism and constitutional reform, as well as to ensure widest public participation in the ongoing initiatives to amend or revise the fundamental law of the land,” the memorandum read.

“Constant consultations with all sectors of society is essential in every stage of the process of constitutional reform so that all such efforts towards reform will embody the sovereign will and reflect the ideals and aspirations of our people,” it stated.