A UP APSM Public Forum: Is the Philippines Ready for Federalism?


Did you know that as early as 1899, there were already attempts to introduce federalism in the Philippines? During the Malolos Convention, Emilio Aguinaldo and Apolinario Mabini proposed federalism before the framers of the constitution. However, the proposals were dismissed to give way to the more critical issue of unification. Since then, we have a unitary form of government.

More than a hundred years later, federalists have found their best ally in the Duterte administration.

Pres. Rodrigo Duterte has been an ardent advocate of federalism even long before he decided to run in the 2016 National Elections. In fact, the shift to federalism has been one of his campaign’s main platform and up to this day remains a top priority of his administration.

However, the question remains, “Is the Philippines now ready to shift to federalism?”

In line with the organization’s 33rd year, UP Association of Political Science Majors proudly presents “FedPH,” a public forum on the prospect of Federalism for the Philippines. The event speakers include experts on Federalism and local governance studies, namely former UP President Jose V. Abueva from UP National College of Public Administration and Governance and Dr. Maria Ela L. Atienza from UP Department of Political Science.

FedPH aims to shed light on the pros and cons of federalism as well as to probe on how ready our country is for such transition. The event is open to all and free of charge. It will be held on September 16, 2016 (Friday) from 4-7PM at Gonzales Hall Lobby (University Library), UP Diliman.

UP Association of Political Science Majors (UP APSM) is an academic student organization based in the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines Diliman. Being the first organization in the university established exclusively for Political Science majors, UP APSM prides of producing notable alumni which include members of the legislature and judiciary like Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero and Hon. Judge Ferdinand Baylon, as well as distinguished members of the academe like Prof. Raymond Quilop, Prof. Perlita Frago, Professor Crisline Torres and Prof. Jalton Taguibao. Since its inception in July 15, 1983, UP APSM has stood by its objective of promoting, encouraging, and supporting the objective study of Political Science. Apart from regular discussion groups among its members, UP APSM has been organizing fora and symposia on relevant topics relating to the discipline and to salient national issues of the day.

The FedPH forum is presented in partnership with more than 15 student organizations and councils from within and outside UP Diliman, namely: Junior Philippine Geographical Society- UP Diliman (JPGS-UP Diliman), UP Chemical Engineering Council Society, Inc. (UP KEM), UP Circle of Engineering Students (UP CREST), UP Economics Society (UP EcoSoc), UP KAISA, UP Kalipunan ng mga Mag-aaral sa Sosyolohiya (UP KMS), UP Le Club Francais (UP LCF), UP Namnama, UP Organization of Neuvo Ecijano (UP ONE), UP Speech Communication Association (UP SPECA), UP Subol Society- Diliman Chapter, College of Social Science and Philosophy Student Council (CSSP SC), National College of Public Administration and Governance Student Council (NCPAG SC), UP Diliman Architecture Student Council (UPD ASC), UP School of Statistics Student Council (UP STAT SC), and Arellano University-Politeia. Having said that, the event is expected to attract at least 80-120 attendees. UP APSM also thanks our official media partners: DZUP, Magic 89.9, Maroon FM, Philippine Collegian, Rappler, Sinag, and WhenInManila.com.

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