Lingayen – University of the Philippines (UP) Vice President for Public Affairs Prospero E. De Vera, III gave an extensive explanation about ‘federalism’ during the inaugural lecture of the Center for Pangasinan Studies (CPS) held at the Sison Auditorium on July 29.
Dr. De Vera, a political analyst who traces his roots in Tayug town, focused his lecture on “The Challenges and Opportunities for a Federal Philippines” which clarified among the participants from the bureaucracy, academe and private sectors the differences between unitary and federal systems of government.
Pending issues about federalism which include spheres of government; division of powers; division of resources; and entrenched and enforced constitution were also discussed and expounded further via a panel discussion.
In addressing the participants, Governor Amado ‘Pogi’ Espino, III expressed gratitude for the overwhelming support of UP administration and five collaborating private higher education institutions (HEIs) in the province for the successful launching of CPS.
The conduct of Federalism lecture by the CPS, he said, supports the drive of President Rodrigo Duterte for the country to mull over in shifting to a federal system of government.
“This lecture enlightens and gives us a clearer picture on what federalism may bring to provincial, city and municipal government units; to the various civil society organizations, and to the Pangasinenses in particular,” Gov. Espino said.
The federalism lecture hosted by the provincial kicked-off the lecture series of CPS, since it was declared by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) on July 18 as the official think tank of the province legislated under provincial ordinance no. 1-2016.
The legislation calls for the establishment of CPS and for the provincial government to go full swing in supporting this group not only to validate the past, but to give a brighter future for all Pangasinenses, Vice Gov. Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim, Jr., ordinance author, stated previously.
The birth of CPS was executed on June 18, 2015 through the memorandum of understanding signing between UP represented by President Alfredo Pascual and Vice Pres. De Vera and the Pangasinan Provincial Government led by former Gov. and now 5th distrcict Representative Amado T. Espino, Jr.
Another agreement was inked on April 5, 2016 during the Agew na Pangasinan celebration to signify the collaboration of UP, provincial government and the five local HEIs namely: University of Luzon, Lyceum Northwestern University, University of Pangasinan – Phinma and Colegio de Dagupan, all based in Dagupan City; and Virgin Milagrosa University Foundation based in San Carlos City.
The CPS logo – making contest and official CPS facebook fanpage were also launched after the lecture.
Present during the inaugural lecture were: CPS Executive Director Perla Legazpi, Provincial Historical and Cultural Commission Chairman Gonzalo Duque, UP Baguio Chancellor Raymundo Rovillos; Vice Gov. Calimlim and some board members; and research directors and representatives from CPS partner local HEIs.
/Mark Gerry Naval Oblanca