Review Local Gov't Code instead of Cha-cha, youth leader says

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Posted at Jul 17 2018 07:30 AM

MANILA - Instead of pushing for charter change, the government should review the Local Government Code, a youth organization leader said.

On ANC's "Talkback", Kaya Natin Youth president Bianca Lacaba said Republic Act 7160 could be amended to further decentralize power and allocate resources more equitably without the need to change the 1987 Constitution.

"The reason why we don't need a charter change is because we can do those things simply through amendments," she said.

"If we are going to look at the U.S. constitution, it's one of the strongest constitution that lasted for 200 years. But it hasn't been revised a single time. It has gone through several amendments."

However, Assistant Secretary Ronald Cardema of the National Youth Commission believed the country needs to change the charter to ensure regions will fully benefit from their resources.

"From the president's standpoint, he was a mayor of a southern city for more than 20 years...Maybe he knew that funds were being directed to Manila, to leaders in Manila," he said.

"I think it was his main goal that if he becomes a national leader someday, he wants a federal form of government so every region can enjoy its resources."