Former Senate President Nene Pimentel Jr. discusses Federalism to millennials
On February 21, 2017, the Ateneo School of Government, in partnership with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, hosted a forum entitled "#Federalism 101: What the Millennials Need to Know" at Faber Hall Function Room, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City. It was the second forum conducted that day, as a support to the initiative of the Ateneo Loyola Schools' Talakayang Alay sa Bayan (TALAB), a one-day event of alternative classes on issues confronting the nation which also coincided with the 30th anniversary of the 1987 Constitution.
The guest speaker was the esteemed former Senate President Aquilino Q. Pimentel Jr., author of the Local Government Code of 1991 and a known advocate of federalism. Sen. Pimentel detailed his proposal of 12 federal states and the distribution of powers between the central and state governments in such a federal system. He also drew attention to and expressed support for the Philippines's territorial claims to Sabah and Scarborough Shoal.
The forum was moderated by Atty. Anthony Abad of Bloomberg TV Philippines, who emphasized the need for a more participatory system of government to solve the country's problems. Sen. Pimentel answered questions from the audience, on issues ranging from the threat of political dynasties to the economic implications of a decentralized system.
The audience were mostly comprised of students from Loyola Schools. The speakers challenged them to share their newfound knowledge of what federalism is all about and carry forward the agenda of inclusive and participatory governance.