On 26 July 2018, Consultative Committee to Review the 1987 (ConCom) member Prof. Edmund Tayao was invited as a resource person in the fourth session of “Learning Sessions on Charter Change and Federalism: Constitutional Design and the Promotion of Economic Competitiveness”, an event organized by the Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG), the Senate Economic Planning Office (SEPO), and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA). It was held at the Philippine Senate’s Senator Ambrosio B. Padilla Room, GSIS Building in Pasay City.
Prof. Tayao discussed his presentation entitled “ConCom Proposals to Promote the Economic Competitiveness of the Philippines and Its Regions.” He discussed the proposed second-tier of government called the federated regions. He proceeds on explaining the relevance of creating a political entity in the regional level, its role in economic development, and how will the proposed level of government perform their respective role in contributing to economic development.
The other speakers invited for the event are Ateneo Economics Professor Alvin Ang to discuss “Economic Competitiveness in the Philippines and Its Regions: Key Issues for Reforms”, and Director-General of the Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department (CPBRD) Dr. Romulo Miral Jr. to present “Fiscal Arrangements for Regional Economic Development: Key Lessons for Designing the Philippine Federal Constitution.”
the event finished with an open forum where the staff of the Senate asked their inquiries on each presentation of the experts invited.