ASOG's study on Fiscal Federalism and Political Dynasties presented in TALAB2017
Ms. Amihan Perez moderated the forum, where former Pangasinan Gov. Victor Agbayani and Dr. Isaias Ubana II served as reactors. The reactors added insight 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.
The speakers expressed hope for change and challenged the audience, despite such issues, to find the strength to move the country forward.