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Eastern Visayas mayors support Federalism shift

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Two mayors in Eastern Visayas have expressed support on the plan of the government to shift to federalism.

Mayor Nacional Mercado of Maasin City, Southern Leyte said the proposal to shift to a federal system will be “very favorable” to Eastern Visayas region.

“We are considered one of the poorest regions in the country. I think our region will be more developed through a federal state,” Mercado said.

Federalism, he added, will pave way for the decentralization of powers of the national government.

“Local government units will get more share from national taxes especially that we are Internal Revenue Allotment-dependent. LGUs will be given more power over local generated resources,” the regional chairman of Leagues of Cities of the Philippines.

Mayor Rene Leria of Mac Arthur, Leyte for his part said the administration’s proposed federal constitution will give federated regions the power to have sources of revenues.

In August, President Rodrigo Duterte said he was “fully satisfied” with the proposed federal charter drafted by the 22-man Consultative Commission. The chief executive however wants public consultation to further improve the draft Federal Constitution.