Nearly seven thousand (7,000) senior high and college students, young professionals, barangay officials, members of civil society organizations, government workers and local officials filled the Lamberto Macias Sports Complex, Monday, to listen and learn the salient features of the proposed shift to the federal form of government by revising the 1987 Philippine Constitution.

Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo reiterated his support to federalism as the only means to empower the local governments in providing timely, relevant and efficient service to the constituents.

The event organized by the Department of Interior and Local Government, Presidential Management Staff, Local Government of Dumaguete and province of Negros Oriental is part of the ongoing Information and Education Campaign of the advocates of federalism.

It must be recalled that President Rodrigo Duterte joined the presidential race promising that “Change is Coming,” which includes a shift in the form of government from unitary to federal.

Among the speakers were Assistant Secretary Jonathan E. Malaya, Administrator, Center for Federalism and Constitutional Reforms of DILG; Professor Edmund S. Tayao, Commissioner, Consultative Committee to Review the 1987 Constitution; Assistant Secretary Marjorie N. Jalosjos, DILG; Commissioner Arthur Aguilar of ConCom; Mayor Joselito Malabor of Isabela Negros Occidental and other sectoral leaders who centered their messages on the theme “Pederalismo para sa tunay na Pagbabago”