Local Government Development Foundation (LOGODEF)-Political Reform Exponents of the Philippines (PREP) and PDP-Laban Federalism Institute held a study group meeting at Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie, Makati City on 21 October 2016. Foreign experts on decentralization and federalism from Finland, Australia and Nepal were invited and asked to give insights on the ongoing initiative pushing for much needed political and structural reforms in the country.
Prof. Edmund Tayao of LOGODEF and Mr. Jonathan Malaya of PDP-Laban Federalism Institute presided the meeting together with other local experts to discuss the political and governmental framework of the Philippine model of federalism that the study groups of Federalism Institute are currently working on. Dr. Markku Suksi, professor of Public Law at the Abo Akademi University in Finland, Philip Gonzales of Forum of Federations and Dr. Surya Dhungel, senior advocate and a constitutional legal adviser to the President of Nepal, shared their experience and expertise on political and structural reforms and provided substantial inputs on how to effectively carry out this initiative. Various issues on the ongoing draft Philippine model of federalism such as the dual executive, powers of the Senate and the National Assembly, intergovernmental relations, national and regional elections, and equalization fund were discussed during the meeting.