Experts on federalism and decentralization from across several countries came to the Philippines to share their country’s experiences under a federal and decentralized form of government, emphasizing on the opportunities and issues that come alongside its adoption.
Distinguished personalities from the academe, esteemed guests from both national and local governments, and partners in development work came together during the two-day international conference entitled “Federalism and Decentralization: Perceptions for Political and Institutional Reforms in the Philippines.”
The conference was held at the Pacific Ballroom of H2O Hotel in Luneta, Manila from September 4 to 5. More than a hundred participants from all over the country attended and participated during the conference discussions.
The first day of the conference focused on the experiences of countries in America, Europe, and Africa, particularly the cases of federal and decentralized governments in Germany, Spain, India, and Australia. Apart from this, conference presenters also highlighted the many forms of federalism and the many ways by which countries all over the world adopt such form of government relative to a country’s distinct context and governance practices. An engaging open forum followed each presentation, with members from the Philippine academe as forum moderators.
Presentations and discussions during the second day highlighted the country experiences in Asia, particularly that of Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Similar to the first day, presentations were followed by an open forum.
To reinforce the advocacy for a federal and more decentralized Philippine government, Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III delivered an inspirational speech highlighting on the gains of the decentralization movement led by his father, former Senator. Aquilino Pimentel, Jr., who is the Father of Decentralization in the Philippines and the key proponent behind the Local Government Code of 1991.
To synthesize the major inputs and issues which surfaced during the two-day event, a roundtable discussion underscoring the strategic outlook for a federal and decentralized government in Philippines was participated in by some of the conference speakers.
The event is co-organized by the Regional Programme, Political Dialogue with Asia of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Singapore and the Local Government Development Foundation (LOGODEF).
Below is a full list of the foreign and local experts who presented during the international conference:
DAY 1 (4 September 2015)
Dr. Jörg Broschek from Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
“Federalism in Europe, America, and Africa: A Comparative Analysis”
Mr. Felix Knüpling from Forum of Federations, Germany
“Structuring Governance in a Weak State: Federalism and Multilevel Governance”
Dr. Francisco Javier Moreno-Fuentes from Instituto de Politicas y Bienes Públicos, Spain
“Spanish Decentralization and Functional Federalism: Alternative to Shared-Sovereignty”
Dr. George Mathew from Institute of Social Sciences, India
“Crafting State Nations: India’s Federalism as a Case for Developing Democracies”
Prof. A J Brown from Griffith University, Australia
“Federalism in Australia Revisited”
Dr. Laura Allison from Nanyang Technological University
“Hybrid Federalism in Asia”
Dr. Patrick Ziegenhain fro Goethe University, Germany
“Political Engineering, Decentralization and Federalism in Southeast Asia: Strengths and Weaknesses of Governance”
DAY 2 (5 September 2015)
Prof. William Case from City University of Hong Kong
“Graduated Decentralization Strategies in Southeast Asia I: Decentralization in Malaysia”
Mr. Min Muny from Cambodia
“Graduated Decentralization Strategies in Southeast Asia I: Decentralization in Cambodia”
Prof. Purwo Santoso from Gadjah Mada University
“Graduated Decentralization Strategies in Southeast Asia I: Democratization and Decentralization in Indonesia”
Prof. Edmund Tayao from LOGODEF and Univ. of Santo Tomas
“Pursuing Federalism in the Philippines: The Context of State and Democratization”
Dr. Paul Hutchcroft from Australia National University
“Dreams of Redemption: Localist Strategies of Political Reform in the Philippines”
Dr. Alex Brillantes, Jr. from the University of the Philippines National College for Public Administration and Governance
“Beginnings of Federalism: Regional Autonomy and Decentralization in the Philippines”
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