Pampanga mayors back Charter change

San Fernando, Pampanga—Local officials supported the proposal to amend the 1987 Constitution by signing a Pledge Commitment during a Town Hall Meeting on Constitutional Reform here.

Minalin Mayor Edgardo Flores, President of the Pampanga Mayors League, said that under the commitment, local executives pledge to become active partners of the Department of the Interior and Local Government in upholding and advocating the promises of Center of Federalism and Constitutional Reform.

Flores said the municipal mayors and their duly authorize representatives signed the pledge of commitment during the meeting at the Kingsborough International Convention here.

“We would initiate efforts and actively participate in the activities geared towards reforming the present constitution of the country,” Flores said.

The mayor said the PML will actively participate to change the Charter or the fundamental law of the land that will benefit not only of the province but also the entire country.

During the meeting, four pillars were highlighted, namely: decongest Metro Manila while developing the provinces; governments for the people not for traditional politicians; open economy for the benefit of the people; and a new constitution for next generation of Filipinos.

Atty. Gerome Tubig, provincial legal officer of Pampanga, assured everyone that the provincial government is supportive of the proposed constitutional reform.

Tubig, who represented Gov. Dennis Pineda, said: “I want to assure everyone that we have our governor's support for this endeavor.”

In a video message send to the PML, Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano said that it’s high time for the government to change the outdated constitution to further address and improve the welfare and well-being of the Filipino people.

“For the past 32 years, we have seen defects of the 1987 constitution that failed to address the country's problems like corruption, unemployment, and income inequality," Ano added.

Topics: 1987 Constitution , Edgardo Flores , Department of the Interior and Local Government
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