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DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The Mindanao Development Authority continues its efforts to pursue a systemic shift to Federalism, as one of the top priority of the Duterte administration.

MinDA is currently developing a federal framework founded on economic sustainability, preparing constitutions for the regional governments consistent with the federal agenda of President Rodrigo Duterte and bracing up for a series of public consultations on federalism.

 “We are more than determined to operationalize the policy directive of the President to push for the systemic shift to a federal form of government,” said MinDA Chairman Datu Abul Khayr Alonto.

He added that the Draft State Constitutions for the proposed Federal States in Mindanao which will be submitted in two months’ time followed by public consultations and roadshows in different key cities in the region are all part of our efforts in enabling a participatory environment for the people as we operationalize the transition to a Federal government

MinDA’s proposed states under the federal form of government are The State of South-Central Mindanao, The State of Northern Mindanao, The State of Western Mindanao, Bangsamoro State, and The State of Palawan.

To prepare Mindanao for the task of shifting to a federal form of government, MinDA is pursuing the Mindanao Development Corridors Strategy as a framework for ensuring that Mindanao is interconnected and globally-competitive through interregional and high-impact infrastructure and connectivity projects. This strategy is configured to be the envisioned Federal States of Mindanao.

“While Federalism is the centerpiece of the Duterte administration, the President's 10-point socio-economic agenda also identifies infrastructure and industry development as the key drivers in enabling robust economic activity in Mindanao, which would then lead to the subsequent alleviation of poverty and the increase of employment opportunities for Mindanawons,” Alonto said.

Secretary Alonto said that since the start of the Duterte Administration, Moro groups have come out in support of Federalism by organizing various sectors to study, as well as campaign for a Federal form of government that is suited for Mindanao. 

This was commemortated by the submission of the draft Bangsamoro State Constitution to the President last month.

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