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LCDC invites DLSU-D community to Education Forum: Charter Change and Federalism

The Lasallian Community Development Center (LCDC) invites students, faculty, and staff to join the Education Forum on Charter Change and Federalism, an open discussion on the necessity, advantages, and disadvantages of amending the 1987 Constitution, or Charter Change, and the shifting of government to federalism. The discussion will be held at the Alumni Auditorium on March 15 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

The event is organized by the Social Transformation through Advocacy and Reforms, the advocacy committee of LCDC, encouraged by the De La Salle Philippines as part of its Human Rights and Democracy Education campaign.

As per LCDC Advocacy Program Officer. Theresa Gochuico, the event aims to educate the DLSU-D community, rather than propose a stand whether to agree or disagree on charter change and federalism.

“We all know that there is a proposal to change our type of government from one that’s republic to federal. And marami kasi tayo dapat bantayan in a federal government,” she furthered. “We need to look at the intentions of the people proposing such type of government.”

According to Gochuico, as a Lasallian institution, it is the job of the faculty members to provide opportunities for students to learn and be part of the discussion on relevant social issues, adding that learning is not limited to classrooms.

“There’s a world out there that we should take actively part on, ‘di lang tayo parang mga reactive sa mga nangyayari, pero ang gusto natin, kung tayo ay magiging pro-active, we know our stand as a Lasallian, as a Christian, [and] that’s the root of this institution,” she said.

Speakers of the event include Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Assistant Secretary for Capacity Development, Public Affairs & Communications Jonathan Malaya, and De La Salle University – Manila professor Ronald Holmes to tackle the advantages, and disadvantages of federalism; while DLSU-D Social Sciences professor Jesse Atienza will discuss the academe’s perspective on federalism.