ASOG's study on Fiscal Federalism and Political Dynasties presented at TALAB 2017
On February 21, 2017, the Ateneo School of Government, in partnership with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, hosted a forum entitled "Federalism and Political Dynasties: Options and Insights" at Faber Hall Function Room, Ateneo de Manila University. The forum was an offering in line with the Ateneo Loyola Schools' Talakayang Alay sa Bayan, a one-day event of alternative classes on societal issues of today.
The main speaker of the forum was the Dean of Ateneo School of Government, Dr. Ronald U. Mendoza. Dr. Mendoza discussed the country's state of affairs being "trapped" between a Manila-centric government ("Imperial Manila") and the proliferation of political dynasties in the provinces. He highlighted the different aspects of social inequality resulting from this grim reality. Towards a solution to the problem, Dr. Mendoza called for the government to align resources with accountability by performance-based conditonal allocation of funds to local government units.
Ms. Amihan Perez moderated the forum, where former Pangasinan Gov. Victor Agbayani and Dr. Isaias Ubana II served as reactors. The reactors added insights to the discussion by sharing their perspectives from years of experience in public office in local government. Gov. Agbayani highlighted the vicious cycle where the poor are the most vulnerable to vote-buying, while Dr. Ubana lamented the lack of true local autonomy in government. The speakers answered questions from the audience, ranging from the role of the private sector to the assessment of local government units.