Party-list representation in the House of Representatives of the Philippines
MANILA, Philippines — Instead of abolition, the Consultative Committee (ConCom) wants reforms in the present party-list system in the country.
One of the committee’s suggestions is to double the number of party-list representatives in Congress from the current 20% to 40% in the proposed federal constitution.
These will be in addition to the existing national and regional political parties.
However, the number of sectors to be represented will be trimmed down to five. These include the labor or workers sector, the farmers’ sector, the fishermen, the indigenous people sector and the urban poor.
According to retired Justice Antonio Eduardo Nachura, the proposed system will be patterned after the so-called “proportional representation system” being implemented in developed countries.
Under the new system, the political party will be the one to choose its own representative in Congress.
“Hindi na kamukha ngayon na ang kandidato ibinoboto pa nationwide (unlike in the current set up where candidates are voted nationwide), Nachura said.
Nachura explained that since the chosen representative belongs to the proportional representation list, he or she would be automatically removed as a member of the House of Representatives if he or she switched to a different political group.
The proposal aims to strengthen the existing political parties in the country.
The Committee is expected to vote on the final provision of the said proposal in the coming days. — Marje Navarro Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue