GIBO: Building LGUs’ capacity first step to Federalism

April 25, 2022

Former Secretary of National Defense and senatorial candidate Gilbert (GIBO) Teodoro said that building the capacity of local government units (LGUs) is the first step toward Federalism.

“For me, that’s (Federalism) where we are heading since we are an archipelago. If you want to develop, you have to devolve power, and resources in different communities, because in the Philippines, situations are not the same in different areas,” Gibo Teodoro said in a one-on-one interview with Toni Gonzaga on the YouTube talk show ‘Toni Talks’.

Gibo Teodoro said that instead of focusing the time and resources of the Congress debating whether to shift to Federalism or not, a better approach is to start building the foundations for Federalism.

“So, the process I see is reverse,” the former Tarlac congressman and 1989 bar top notcher said. “We cannot legislate and federalize overnight where the component units are not prepared,” he said

Gibo Teodoro said that the government should start strengthening the component units of the future federated state that would be able to stand on its own.

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