Past proposals divided the Philippines into 10 or 11 autonomous states. President Duterte envisions 18 federated regions – 16 federated regions (including the new Negrosanon region) and the federated regions of Bangsamoro and Cordillera.
Regional states will have greater power over raising their own revenues, determining their own legislation and choosing their economic development models.
While the possibility of federalism in the Philippines is appealing for most Filipinos, the conceivable advantages will unavoidably include some significant downfalls, and will require broad time and exertion from both governments and residents alike.
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