The President has elevated to the top of the government’s reform agenda the proposal to change the country’s form of government from a unitary to a federal system. In line with this, more discussions on changes in the 1987 Philippine Constitution are forthcoming to pave the way for the federal system in the Philippines.
Prior to the conduct of this case study, the Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department (CPBRD) and the Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG) jointly organized a lecture series on federalism in an attempt to learn from the experiences of older and existing federations. However, even countries that serve as models of federal systems continue to evolve as new issues and challenges emerge. There is no perfect model that can be readily adopted—hence, it is important for the Philippines to identify its own context for the kind of federal setup that it wants to establish. >>read complete document