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Newly trained CDP Local Trainors in Region 10

Written by Nicole John P. Cagadas
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Newly trained CDP Local Trainors in Region 10 Photo by: Alger Aringo

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, PH –Twelve select local leaders from the Centrist Democratic Party of the Philippines (CDP) finished a short course on Local Trainors Training Workshop spearheaded by the Centrist Democracy Political Institute (CDPI), the party’s think tank.

Held on August 6 – 7, 2016 at the Bible Camp of Barra, Opol, Misamis Oriental, this two-day event equipped CDP chapter heads as they conduct their own basic orientation seminars and recruit potential members in the future.

Substantiating the Political Pillars of the Party

In order to understand the values and principles that the party advocates, leaders were provided with an in-depth discussion on the party’s core values and four (4) pillars: Democracy and the Rule of Law, Principle of Subsidiarity, Social Market Economy and Political Party Institutionalization, which topics are expected to capacitate themselves in branding the party to various audiences.

Federalism, the Political Machinery under the Administration

Parallel to President Duterte’s advocacy on Federalism, Prof. Roderico Dumaug Jr. of Xavier University and Chairperson of CDP Iligan City chapter expounded on Federalism and its various forms as defined by political scholars and institutions from other countries using the Federalist Papers’ definition.

According to Prof. Dumaug, “Federalism is a system of government in which power is shared between a central (or federal) government and the States.”

Federalism, among others, is one of CDP’s unique reform agenda but with a parliamentary system as its form of government.

On leadership, multi-media campaign

“Politics is the art of compromise, but not the truth”, says Jordan Jay Antolin, the Secretary General of CDP, as he shared his experiences, learning and wisdom from his recent political tour in the Centrist Democratic Union (CDU) of Berlin, Germany to all participants.

The CDU is the counterpart of the CDP in Germany with human dignity as their core value.

He added, “Today’s internet has enormous advantages to offer in political work: announcements, activity proposals, and flyers to reach the public instantly.”

Political communication is one of CDPI’s capacity-building programs to centrist oriented groups.

The training ended with a simulation activity explaining Federalism and the CDP’s four pillars among participants. It was spearheaded by Mr. Renato Tibon, a Political Action Officer (PAO) of the CDPI.

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