Forum Invite: “The Importance of Parties in a Performing Legislature"

The Political Democracy and Reforms (PODER) program of the Ateneo School of Government (ASoG), in cooperation with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), invites you to the second Political Party Development and Reform (PPDR) discussion series focusing this time on the theme: “The Importance of Parties in a Performing Legislature.” The first forum of this series will be held on 26 August 2014, 01:00pm – 04:30pm at the Social Development Audio Visual Room (SDC-AVR) in Ateneo Loyola Campus, Quezon City.

Given the abolition of the pork barrel system, the development of political parties as an alternative mechanism in facilitating executive-legislative relationship has never been this urgent. One of the reasons the pork barrel system existed is because of an underdeveloped or mal-developed party system. Instead of the parties serving as a mediating mechanism that facilitates the consensus-building between the executive and the legislature on the basis of issues and programs, the parties are being used as a machinery to distribute the pork as a way to perpetuate patronage. 

A mediating mechanism, such as parties, does not only facilitate the consensus building process between the executive and the legislature on issues and programs, it also takes care of the necessary political mobilization and constituency-building, hence cushioning the State from the highly volatile and intense work of political consensus-building.

The first forum will convene relevant civil society organizations (CSOs) and the academe to tackle the following questions: a) What is a performing legislature; b) What are the relevant performance standards; c) What is the role of parties in law-making and oversight; d) How can the Philippine legislature be ready for party-based legislative-making?

For queries and confirmation, do not hesitate contact PODER (Attention: Mariel Barcelon) at (02) 920 29 20 | (02) 426 6001 loc. 4644 or political_democracy@yahoo.com.