by Office of Publication & Information
The second edition of Chancellor Sukarno D. Tanggol’s book on federalism has been released by its publisher, the MSU-IIT Office of Publication and Information (OPI).
The second, limited edition of the book is titled “Regional Autonomy and Federalism in the Philippines” from its original title “Regional Autonomy and Federalism: Concepts and Issues for the Bangsamoro Government”.
In her preface to the second edition, OPI Acting Director Dr. Christine F. Godinez Ortega said that “the book addresses the need for the layman to know more of federalism as an alternative to the present unitary form of government for the equitable distribution of resources and the giving of local government units the responsibility to chart their own destinies, but, still cognizant of the central government’s role of holding the nation together”.
UP Diliman Professor of the National College of Public Administration & Governance Dr. Alex B. Brillantes, for his part, said that “the search for an appropriate and responsive politico-administrative structure for sub-national governments continues to be a challenge in the Philippines. This is especially true for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao”. He recommends the book to “all those concerned at finding a final resolution to the Mindanao conflict” in his foreword to the first edition of the book.
Tanggol finished his Doctor of Public Administration at the University of the Philippines Diliman. In 1999-2002, he served as Philippine Ambassador to the State of Kuwait. Recently he has been reappointed as the Chancellor of the MSU-IIT. The recently-re-issued book on federalism is his second book. The first one is titled “Muslim Autonomy in the Philippines: Rhetoric and Reality” published by the Mindanao State University Press & Information Office in 1993.
The present book titled “Regional Autonomy and Federalism in the Philippines” has 155 pages and is divided into eight parts and ends with a book review by Dr. Ben Halili of Zamboanga City. This review was earlier published by the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Photo and cover design is by Jez Timonera Orbe.
The book is a limited edition and anyone may order copies at the OPI. –Official Release by the Office of Publication & Information