Hello Mga Friends, I opened this Youtube Channel because I want to express my support to change our system of government from a Centralized and Unitary republic to a Federal Parliamentary Republic. I am actually very happy that this year, there is substantial movement in our congress for Charter Change.
But why am I supporting Federalism? I am from Cebu and I could really see a big disparity between the infrastructures in Manila and Luzon compared here in the Visayas and Mindanao. Manila worker’s minimum wage is double the amount than workers in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao or ARMM. So I think, this centralized government clearly has a bias.. and that is to invest more in Manila and its adjacent provinces than the rest of the Philippines..
Second, to correct the historical allusion. We became a united Philippines because of foreign invasion, when we were conquered by the Spaniards, then the Americans subjugated the Moros. We were and we still a country of people with different religions, different cultures and different languages. We can never go back to the time when the country was composed of different barangays and sultanates, but with Federalism, it recognizes these cultural uniqueness of different regions of the Philippines.
I have seen how proponents presented their ideas on how the Philippines should be divided into different states, some were impressive, but many were disappointing. Why? Because there was no rationale explaining how they states were separated and no criteria presented on how the entire country should be divided.
What should be the criteria?
First, Religion. President Duterte has stated that with a federal state, the areas where Moros are the majority, can have more autonomy. So the Muslim provinces of Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao and a number of municipalities in Lanao del Norte, Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat will form this Muslim state.
Second, Economy. Highly and Mostly Urban Areas have a different economic system than those areas that are Rural. Urban Areas are more commercial and has more manufacturing companies, while Rural areas has a stronger Agricultural and Mining sector. Thus, developmental priorities are also different. Urban areas prioritize mass transport system, housing, drainage, traffic congestion, urban infrastructure, while Rural areas prioritize countryside development and environment protection. So in that context, Metro Manila, Metro Cebu and Metro Davao, the three metropolis with the population of two million will have their own state. But, the area surrounding Metro Manila has also becoming highly urbanized, some of these towns and cities located in Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Pampanga and Bulacan will have its own state.
Third, and probably the most complicated, Ethnic Language. Wait, If that is the case are we going to have more than 170 states in the Philippines? So the Philippines has more than 170 states? The answer is No. These ethnic languages will be clustered by what we call ‘Language Family’.
The three biggest language families in the Philippines are the Northern Luzon Languages, Central Luzon Languages and the Greater Central Philippine Languages.
Cluster the different languages into these Language Families. So we can have states like Northern Luzon, Central Luzon, Tagalog, Bikol, West Visayan, Cebuano Visayan, Warayan Visayan and Mindanao.
But they are areas in which their spoken languages are so different and cannot be categorized to these three language families. So, they form a different state or territory.
Chavacano area can be a state since Zamboanga City itself is already developed.
But the other areas are still underdeveloped, that is why we would categorize them as Federal Territory, area which is populated with people with a very distinct language and culture from the rest of the Philippines and its economy is underdeveloped, the Federal Government should be there to support its economic development and preservation of cultural heritage.
So the Federal Territories are Batanes Islansa, Kalamian Islands, Molbog, Sangirese, Mangyan and Lumad Cotabato.
I will try to create more simple videos on my ideas about the proposed Federal Republic of the Philippines.