While it is a big probability that a great part of the civilized world knows that the Philippine islands are composed of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, it is a certainty that practically all Filipinos know the following basic facts: there are regional sections in the country that have their own particular diverse natural, cultural and economic features all of which, however, compose one national whole which is the Philippines.
There then seems to be no reason why this reality cannot be made as the basic premise of national unity in terms of relative regional autonomy and pursuant integrated national development. In substance this means that regional socio-economic progress is pursued consonant with their different but complementary regional potentials.
In other words, what about every region doing their respective plans, drawing their own pursuant programs, and accordingly actualizing their own projects? It is understandable and even imperative that these regional developmental agenda should be reviewed, confirmed and promoted by the national government. Over and above all considerations is for the Philippine government to ascertain the equity of technical and temporal resources extended to the three regions, and to assure the complementation of the socio-economic progress of the three regions—so that: First, every region needs the patronage of the other two regions. Second, each region is the potential source of development for the other regions. Third, all regions are contributory to the socio-economic growth of one people in one nation with one flag and government.
Let it be clearly said that the said plans, programs and projects should be drawn, implemented and coordinated by a group of non-partisan socio-economic professionals—the heads of whom are assigned to every region but forming one national socio-economic council. The intervention of national partisan politicians should be limited to the minimum—not really because of their incompetence but in respect to their own national agenda in government specifically in its legislative branch.
17 April 2000