DILG launches Bayanihan Federalism, taps retirees as volunteer advocates

MAASIN CITY, June 28 (PIA) -- As the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) continues its advocacy on the advantages of a Federal Government, a group of retired employees and senior citizens throughout the province of Southern Leyte has committed its voluntary support on the advocacy campaign.

In a meeting held recently at the DILG provincial office here, the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was held between the Leyte del Sur Retirees and Senior Citizens Association (LDSRSCA) and the DILG-Southern Leyte.

“Through the support of this volunteer group, discussions on the federal form of government will be brought down to the barangay level,” DILG officer-in-charge Provincial Director Geraldine Maquelabit said.

Fe Amora Yepes, LDSRCA president and former public school teacher in Maasin City, said their association have already put in place coordinators at the municipal, district and barangay levels.

“These coordinators will be the one who will look for additional members to assist them in the said undertaking in their respective areas,” she added.

Yepes, who was accompanied by the group’s secretary and former Department of Education supervisor Isagani Lapasanda, said “We are teachers, and we don’t want to stop teaching,” referring to the “Bayanihan Federalism” advocacy.

Maquelabit, on the other hand, is also hopeful that other volunteer groups will submit application for the said advocacy campaign.

DILG is now calling for other volunteer groups, with at least five members and duly registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission, who will help in the “Bayanihan Federalism” such as civic organizations, professional groups, indigenous people’s organizations, civil society associations, among others. (LDL/RGC/PIA-8, Southern Leyte)

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