Will Federalism work for the Philippines

Will Federalism work for the Philippines
by: Jacinta Enerio
 As we all know, Federalism is a form of government in which government powers are divided between the central government and its local government units as specified in the constitution.
      We face major issues today including the shift to federalism and some people are beginning to embrace the idea of federal system. But the question is: Federalism is a shift for what and a shift for whom? Will federalism work for the Philippines? Is it necessary today?
      Before we embrace federalism, let’s look for the factors that need to be considered first. First, we must have strong “states” that can ensure governance at the local level and deliver services. But part of that goal is to ensure that no single political group or dynasty will dominate. Many undesirable political links have consolidated themselves at the province and city/municipal levels. We need to ensure that they do not consolidate themselves further when we create the states. another thing is, without the central government who would be strong enough to oppose the local warlords? You might say the people. Yes the people! Fine, but people can be bought and intimidated. Yes, we can educate the people all we want, but when a gun is pointed to their families, it’s very hard to put principles before life. So, who would protect Juan dela Cruz, who is now being terrorized by his own provincial government?
     Personally, I dont see federalism as a magic cure-all for all the political and economic ills of any emerging country; that “federalism” would produce good, honest ledears. In addition, what’s the guarantee that it’s going to work? what’s the guarantee that the same old-style politicians will NOT be a part of the new “Federal Government Of The Philippines?” 



  1. jay-r lumbo Said:

    federalism… as far as i know… eto yung topic na kung san talaga eh hindi ko magetz.. i mean kahit paulit-ulit mo mang banggitin sa akin, eh talagang hindi ko siya magetz… pero ko ngayon medyo getz ko na siya.. ms. jacinta you have made a nice work… for me you have explained federalism further… nakuha ko ang meaning niya…uhm… (kailangan pa ba pahabain? wala na ako maiisip… promise ngaun ko lang talaga siya na-getz)

  2. Vanessa Karen Fajardo Said:

    Why not? Federal system of government can give enough focus on the problem of a particular city or state. This system of government will help us in the process of development of our country.

  3. Kris John Said:

    wah… i think we’re already fed-up with the issue of federalism. Yes, maybe there are strong points that federalism promises this in dillema country of ours. just like in a democratic state right? so what’s the real difference… For me the problem still lies in the too good people of this state…
    nice post!!!

  4. Irene Said:

    well it has been long debated whether or not we will change into federal system of government. Well I think that the historical aspect should have been mentioned or briefly discussed to get some idea as to the propensity of the Philippines (geographical) but i credit the post for having cited the notion of strong “states” as to approximate the federalism envisioned by the founding fathers of United States , the model federal system after all ;in our society we have the same pluralistic and democratic and many variables to consider….thanks jasmine…

  5. dana evangelista Said:

    pano kung hindi mag-work ang federalism? i know USA exercise this form of government. but USA and philippines are different. wag naman sana nating gawing “trial and error” ang lahat.
    on the other hand, kung pag-aaralan naman ng maayos and if it really is a solution to our social problems, ok lang.
    basta para sa kabutihan ng lahat, go tayo jan.

  6. Katigbak, Karla Elaine Said:

    Jasmine, I like your article because it’s not that long kaya naman hindi nakakaboring basahin… at nakadagdag kaalaman pa sakin kasi hindi ako ganun kainteresado sa Federalism..Pero para sa akin katulad nga ng sinabi ni dana basta para sa ikabubuti ng lahat ayos lang!

  7. before i read the article, i’m well all over federalism…

    but indeed, you pinted out very strong points.

    good job jasmin.. 🙂

    (but i’m still pro-federalism… not necessarily pro-parliamentary)

  8. lea baluyot Said:

    Jasmine you did a great job! Im not favor in federalism but im not also against of it. Because of your article i have a clear understanding ofwhat will be the effect if we embrace federalism. For me the Phillipines is not yet ready for this kind of government.
    Great job frend!

  9. manelle Said:

    Think about it, change for the better not for worst.

    Nice one Jasmine!

    Horay!You did it!

  10. ralph julious villamor Said:

    were all aware that this topc had been debated by most political figures and up to now nothing yet has been settle. and to think they have all the resources to see if it would work being part of the system they wanna change. but in governance, its not only the science that matters, theres more than science than can pave way for good governance.

    one of the greatest example a propent of federalism is the USA, well that credible, aside from the fact that USA is a super power. but Pinas is not USA, were a developing country remeber.

    it’s not that im against federalism, its just that a drastic change in such a very delicate matter could mean suicide to our country, what if it could worsen the situation. but we can’t set aside the fact that it could also be the win-win solution to the problem that has dragged us into this fall.

    bottomline, i dnt know who to favor for, we have leaders to direct us in the first place.

    pero pag grumaduate na ku, definitely i can have a firm stand on this matter.

    promis yan!
    nice jasmin!

  11. Gerald Valhet Mesina Said:

    federal hmm papatok ba yan dito

    well i am pro to federalism

    but think of the budget kung budget ngas sa MDG di mabigay ng govt. pano pa kaya ang pagsuporta dyan .

    good work.

    Jasmine ikaw pala yun ha uyyyyyyyyyyy


  12. josephine lucero Said:

    The word federalism is so arduous to understand for a simple, ordinary Filipino. Most of us didn’t understand that word and also dont know its effects.

    Presently, our government planned to change the government we have. Federalism will sooner invade the country. Federalism will sooner be the center of the government’s attention.


    Just to remind the government!

    The government must prioritize first the problem of poverty in the country and not in changing the government we have, because it cant help us instead it will adds in the burden of many Filipino.

  13. claudette Said:

    its hard to say if it will work or not kz we haven’t experience that form of government until now i dont know if i’ll be against it or not. sa tingin ko rin dapat the government should focus on the country’s problem hindi yung mga magpalit ng form ng government na parang nagpapalit ng damit nd xmpre not all the people are aware what federalism is db..

  14. 2nel_sanchez Said:

    federalism is good….it can make our contry to be developd…but the question is….who will govern under this kind of gov’t?hay naku…whatever kind of gov’t p ang iapply s philippines…still di naten maaachieve ang progress dahil s mga “TRAPOs”….dapat kasi sila ang palitan…
    jasmine….nice article…!godbless!!(“,)

  15. melanie aldeon Said:

    i think its not the ryt time to talk about those things..changing the form of our government..
    darn, ang dami ng dagok ang dumadating sa atin ngayon, sana naman unahin muna ng mga leader natin ung mga naging biktima ng kalamidad bago ung mga pansarili nilang interes!!!

  16. salome saro Said:

    cenxa na ngaun lang nkblik…
    hai nku…
    sa topic i commend jacinta…
    ang sa kin lang,,, any system is nothing
    if it just gvng oprtunity 2 thse corrupt and self servce politicians..

    un langpoh>>>>

  17. kristine tyrol Said:

    go federalism! kelngn lng ng pondo…bwct n centraliztion yn andmeng n-hamper n proj s probinxa nmen kse kelngn p dcision ng iba…

    i agri with it…solusyon n rin yn ng mthimik abu sayf

  18. euandus Said:

    On Federalism and the banking industry in the US (obviously for comparative purposes here): I suspect that the latest compromise regarding state banking regulation points to the influence of large corporations on the Congress as a culprit in the on-going eclipse of federalism. I have just posted on this, in case you are interested.

  19. Rey Abela Said:

    Why not take Germany as example or pattern of Federalism in the Philippines, and Canada for its health care program and both Germany and Canada for their social welfare, great welfare for the people. US is good but let’s be honest. There are way better nations that can offer a better option for federalism in the Philippines than US.

  20. PHguy Said:

    Federalism, I believe, is the best solution to our country because of noteworthy economic, ethnolinguistic, and cultural differences.

    With federalism, non-Tagalog-dominated regions would no longer clamor about cultural imperialism that Manila is implicitly imposing throughout the country. Each supposed state would be able to implement its own official language(s), with a mandated non-indigenous neutralizing national language that is English.

    In that way, a lot of the nation’s languages would not only be preserved in daily use, but also in academic, scientific, and technical purposes like how the Japanese use the Japanese language, and the French use the French language.

    Looking back at history, there was never a solidifed Luzon-Visayas/Mindanao assimilation. Jose Rizel himself never learned any Visayan language, and it was verified in his accounts that he was unable to talk to a Visayan nanny during his stay in Singapore.

    Revolutionaries from Luzon also had no significant contact with their Visayan counterparts. The revolution in Luzon was, realistically-speaking, a failure. Spain offered Aguinaldo war money for them to cease invading Intramuros so the Spanish officials could escape Manila untouched. In the end, Aguinaldo used the money to plunder in Hong Kong for his armaments, where then he met and connived with the American armada that would soon colonize the so-called Spanish East Indies. (Note that there was barely any unifying legal entity that spanned the entire area that what is now the “Philippines.” The only justification unitarianists gave was that “all the islands” were colonized by Spain. The Cordilleras and Bangsamoro were, in fact, uncharted.) In simple terms, Aguinaldo’s troops never fully defeated the colonizers. This is opposed to the Visayan case where the revolutionaries of Panay and Negros (led by Gen. Maxilom, Gen. Jaro, Gen. Villegas, etc) were able to fend off Spanish presence. Spain signed a binding contract proclaiming Spanish recognition of the Federal Republic of Visayas after political integration of both independent cantonal governments of Panay, Negros, and Cebu.

  21. Mark Said:

    Why assume that the central government no longer exist in a federal government? There is still one albeit it is no longer responsible for provincial projects. See how federalism works in the US for reference.

  22. JOCAT Said:


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