United States of the Philippines

Why not switch to a form of government where we divide the Philippines into smaller, more manageable states?

Each state can then have their own governor, their own laws, their own budget, and their own state language. Recognizing the different sub-cultures in the country, I believe the best way to split the country is by ethnic groups. Unfortunately, I do not think it is practical to have a state for every ethnic group as we have too many.

We can just concentrate on the big ones and have states like the Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilokano, Pangasinense, Kapampangan, Bicolano, Waray, Moro states, among others. Recognizing we are still one country, we will still need a central government but with less powers as compared to what Manila has at present.

We can then call it the United States of the Philippines.

State language

Each state can now determine their own language. Kids learn best when taught in the language they use at home, so this would benefit all the non-Tagalogs as they can opt to use their own language in teaching their own kids. The language used to educate kids in Cebu need not be determined by people from Manila.

State budget

Each state can now manage their own budget and they can now use the taxes collected from their states to develop their own state. All the income from the natural resources of Palawan can now be used to develop Palawan instead of building more flyovers in Manila. Only a small portion of these collections need to be remitted to the central government, only to fund inter-state and inter-national affairs.

State laws

Each state can now have laws that are specific only to their state. This would ensure the laws are well-adapted to the unique conditions of the state. The Moro state could have laws that reflect more of their Muslim culture instead of the predominantly Christian laws crafted in Manila. Polygamy may be outlawed in the Tagalog state but not in the Moro state.

State governor

Each state will have their own governor, duly elected by their own people. Much of the responsibilities currently assigned to the Philippine president will be transferred to the state governors. This would ensure faster government transactions as much of the paperwork will no longer need to wait for signatures from bureaucrats in Manila. They can all be completed within the state.

Central government

The central government, with less responsibilities under this new system, could then concentrate on inter-state and inter-national affairs. It will make sure inter-state disputes are resolved and inter-national relations are well taken cared of. It will use it’s fund (remitted from the different states) to make sure it performs these responsibilities well.

The Philippines is one country with many sub-cutures and ethnic groups. We need to recognize that and take that into consideration when we design our government and define our vision for our future. While it is good to look at other countries for inspiration, we should not just copy their systems as is. Whatever we copy, we need to make it adapt to our unique situation.

Only then can we truly call the government OUR government.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Sun Jun says:

    a trace of the old blog topics ^^

    don't have a stand on this for now, are your ideas similar to the system of the USA now?

    I think with whatever system you use issues of inequality and unfair treatment can still arise. I do like the idea of a state managing its own budget and taking charge in the development of its area. But I also wonder how different it is from our present system.

    And I guess the central government would still have to intervene in a lot of ways because we can't have all states shifting to livelihoods that are most profitable – there's the possibility that a certain industry will be neglected and it would be forever lost and we would be dependent on importing these from other countries. With this argument, sometimes it also makes me think that some level of communism can be beneficial – like in Vietnam, rice prices are subsidized by the government so its uniform everywhere in the country – in China, the government can freely relocate people so they can build bigger roads and free up larger spaces for development.

    Ewan, it's very complicated to me. Sometimes I think any system should work so long as PEOPLE running the system stays true to their duties and strive for what is best.

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  2. I do agree that any “system should work as long as the PEOPLE running the system stays true to their duties and strive for what is best”, it is also good to tweak the system to make it easier for these PEOPLE to achieve their best. 🙂

    (Btw, I miss writing blogs like these. Hehe.)

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  3. “United States of the Philippines” it has a ring to it!

    This idea is so similar to the plight when some regions in Mindanao ask for Autonomy, which I am/was so in favor of! However, because I am so lagging in Philippine Politics, I don't know what happened next.

    “Each state can now manage their own budget and they can now use the taxes collected from their states to develop their own state.”

    Granting 'PEOPLE running the system stays true to their duties and strive for what is best', do you know how much Manila, or Luzon, will suffer should this happen since a greater percentage of the Philippine's money and resources come from Mindanao? I am just saying this is the basic and truest reason why the central government of the Philippines opposes Mindanao having it's own government. And this is why I am in favor of this! When the region's own money will be used for the development of it's own people, location, region …

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