The Office of Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III and the PDP Laban Federalism Institute organized a forum on federalism at the Senate of the Philippines on 23 January 2016. Prof. Edmund Tayao of LOGODEF discussed the imperatives of political reform and the evolving model of Philippine federalism of the PDP Laban Federalism Institute Study Groups. Dr. Nicole Toepperwein, a Swiss expert and adviser on federalism, provided a comparative international perspective on federalism and its prospects in the Philippines.
Senate Secretary Lutgardo Barbo and H.E. Andrea Reichlin, Swiss Ambassador to the Philippines, delivered their opening and inspirational message, and Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III gave a closing remark highlighting the importance of advocating and pushing for federalism in the country.