On 16 August 2018, Prof. Edmund Tayao was invited as a resource person to the “Federal System, Intergovernmental Relations and Federated Regions: Learning Sessions on Charter Change and Federalism”, an event organized by the House of Representatives’ Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department (CPBRD), the Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG) and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA). It was held at the Speaker Prospero Nograles Hall, South Wing Annex Building, Batasang Pambansa.
In front of the Representatives and their staff, Prof. Tayao discussed the “Bayanihan Federalism”, the draft federal Constitution by the Consultative Committee to Review the 1987 Constitution (ConCom). He also presented the problems in the current unitary decentralized system and the necessity to shift to a federal form of government. The ConCom member also emphasized that the second-tier of government, called in the draft as the federated region, are not similar to existing Local Government Units (LGUs) as the former is equal in power to the Federal Government under the principle of Shared Sovereignty.
Also invited in the event as speakers are Ms. Amanda Cats-Baril from the International IDEA who discussed the general concepts and background about Federalism, and Atty. Michael Henry Yusingco of the IAG and the Ateneo Policy Center to present on the fiscal and transitory provisions of the the ConCom draft.