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Totoo na ito! Bicol kicks off first forum on federalism

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A forum on federalism scheduled in Legazpi City in Albay seeks to promote public awareness on how federalism can promote peace and progress.

The forum organized by AKO Bicol party-list, the Albay provincial government and Federalismo Alyansa ng Bicol is scheduled at the Albay Astrodome on Wednesday.

Incoming House Speaker and Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez was slated to attend the event.

“President Rodrigo Duterte has pledged a change to a federal form of government in order to promote lasting peace and holistic economic growth throughout the Philippines, and we want to give Bicolanos ,and those interested as well, a headstart on what to expect and how they will benefit from this change,” said AKO Bicol Rep. Christopher Co.

Also on the list of guests are Gov. Al Francis Bichara and Rodolfo Baldemor and Sonny Belzunce.

Baldemor authored a book on federalism called Federalism and Development, and is also a consultant for Rural Development with the World Bank.

Belzunce is a Filipino-Australian expected to talk about federalist Australia.