PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte asked councilors to help in the drug problem and promote federalism.
The President through his representative, Presidential Adviser Francis Tolentino, on Monday, September 18, asked thousands of councilors attending the Philippine Councilor's League (PCL) convention to help.
"I need our councilors to craft ordinances that will support and sustain our campaign against illegal drugs," Duterte said in a speech read by Tolentino.
Duterte said that while each municipality has different social issues, illegal drug trade has become a national concern.
Duterte at the same time urged councilors to attain lasting peace and inclusive development and reinforce people's right to self-determination through a change in the form of government.
"We have created a task team on federalism that will help us decide the most suitable federal set-up for our country. As member of your local legislative bodies help us promote this reform in your respective jurisdiction. Your efforts are crucial in laying down a stronger foundation for our nation," Duterte said.
He added that the PCL can come up with learning programs to address the needs of our local communities.
He also hoped that with the help of the event, the councilors will become more dedicated and more enlightened lawmakers in our respective localities.
Meanwhile, on Monday, the officials of the PCL signed a memorandum of understanding with newly installed Philippine Drug and Enforcement Agency Director General Aaron Aquino.
The MOU was signed by PCL National Chairman Danilo Dayanghirang and PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino in the presence of PCL National President Luis Singson, PCL National Vice Chairman Elmer Datuin, PCL National Executive Vice President Benito Brizuela, Deputy Director General for Administration Jesus Fajardo, Deputy Director General for Operations Ricardo Quinto, and PDEA-Davao Regional Director Adzhar Albani.
The MOU, according to PCL national chair Danilo Dayanghirang, will allow the PCL to have direct communication to Aquino.
Based on the copy of the MOU, its main objective is to establish terms and conditions under which the PCL and PDEA will coordinate and implement the anti-illegal drugs campaign of Duterte.
With the MOU, PCL had an undertaking to coordinate with PDEA on close monitoring, feedback system and data validation so that PDEA can achieve its mandate and functions.
Dayangirang added that PCL previously had an agreement with former PDEA chief Isidro Lapeña with the same mechanism.
Aquino in his speech said that through the help of councilors he wants to replicate what he has done as former Philippine National Police Regional Director in Central Luzon.
"We were able to reform 18,000, sa amin lang po sa Region 3 (Central Luzon) bawa't munisipyo, province, city may reformation center," he said.
Aquino added that they were able to build 152 reformation centers in the area, explaining that he believes to effectivity of reformation rather than rehabilitation.