A forum dubbed as “Federalism: Its Challenges, Impacts, and Prospects to Public Administration Practices,” was recently organized by first year students under the Ateneo de Davao University’s Masters of Public Administration (MPA) program.
Held today, October 15, at room F213, the event saw the participation of a number of undergraduate, and graduate students from the school.
Florencio Chito Gavino III, an architect, environmental planner, and a member of the Kilos-Pederal Para sa Pagbabago, was the first speaker during the event.
Architect Gavino talked about Federalism in context with the Local Government, and emphasized the need for Mindanao, Sulu, and Palawan (MinSuPala), to be its own state under Federalist Government. “…This is the only way to right the historical injustice done against the Bangsamoro,” he states.
Other speakers and guests during the event were Dr. Adrian Tamayo, PhD, a professor in Economics and Administration Governance in the University of Mindanao, Dr. Marioni Baluyot, and Atty. Bai Ashrafia Aymee Alonto Biruar-Mitmug—all advocates of Federalism.
Mr. Michael Angelo Resueno, the president of the MPA class who organized the event, stated that the topic of the forum was both important and timely for everyone, especially those in their line of work.
Resueno notes that those under the MPA class were under different agencies: agriculture, immigration, the Commission on Audit, DILG, and other local government units. “…Iba’t-ibang agencies kami so… It’s very important for us to know what will happen to our practice under Federalism,” he notes.