FEDERALISM – What is federalism all about? How does the plan of our soon 2016 President, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte can affect our country, the lives of the people, and the future generation? What benefits, positive, and negative effects it might bring? Are we ready to accept and apply this? There’s a lot of question arise when Mayor Duterte mentioned in his speech or oration that he is in favor of Federalism. Federalism – is a type of system in a government where the country is headed by a President who is ruling the general needs of a country. Switzerland, Germany, US, Canada, Australia, and India is an example of a country who is in a federal state.

This kind of government is divided into two levels: First is the government for the entire country; and second is the governments at the level of provinces wherein they look after in their particular o certain state, much of the day-to-day. Both of this government, enjoy their power and enjoy being independent to one another. The photo below shows their different roles as an individual and their different roles that they shared to one another:


Their power is equally and rightfully divided. But as we look in the deeper meaning of it and as we compare of what we are now (Democrat-Republicans) and what we will become (Federalists) if Mayor Duterte will implement this:


The photo above shows the difference between Federalist and Republicans.

As a college student, I want to measure on how long will it extent and weigh on what it might bring to us, either positive or negative. And as I study more about this topic, I realize that based on the table being a federalist is so much better than being democratic. Why? Because federalist looks more efficient and convenient for the people who will live in this kind of country; on the other hand, it may lead to becoming overly independent which may lead to being a sloth and ineffective.

There’s a lot of advantages that the government or state will encounter just like having a freedom to form policies, optimum utilization of resources, and being able to innovate and experiment more. But on the other side of it, there is a lot of disadvantages too like having a conflict of authority, might lead to corruption, and uneven distribution of wealth.

So for me, as a college student, it might affect me in a way that it really depends on the mayor of a particular place. I am scared (But I am not saying that I do not have a trust) that the leader might not be that honest to carried his/her role as a leader.  I can see also that it can affect the Philippines more in a negative way. How? First, to those who have a weak region, the leader might not enjoy his power and cannot independently handle the situation well. It might not sustain the general needs of his state and it might be a hindrance to foster the region. Second, it might be a barrier between different countries in developing their relationship or connection. Instead of having an intact country, it might make a misunderstanding between different regions wherein it can develop or rise up into a war that might lead to having a disunited country.

As a future educator, I should not just look on the negative or positive effects only, I should balance and analyze it well on how it might affect me and the future generations. I should also look forward in having a logical mind rather than having a full of intuition in my character. Implementing federalism in a country, I think it can also benefit us, I believe that it cannot affect the culture in different regions. To some extent, it can help the region in enhancing and thriving their place. It will also help the country to maintain and instill the culture and further strengthen their beliefs.

Lastly, I think choosing a system in a country is not the big word here. I strongly believe that the main issue here is our character or attitude towards the situations. The biggest problem that we want to solve in this country is corruption and poverty, but we should remember that it depends on one’s self. Being lazy and apathetic to our environment, lack of knowledge, and having a little education is the cause of corruption and poverty. If we really want this country to thrive, we should start on ourselves.


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