Con-Com to finish proposed draft constitution by April 30

The first phase of the Consultative Committee – the drafting of the proposed Constitution – is expected to be completed on April 30. The Con-Com will go around to meet with the public for consultations from May 2 to June 19.

The Consultative Committee expects to finish its draft by April 30 before the public consultation. The Con-Com will then be divided into teams and go around the country simultaneously to consult with the public and interest groups from May 2 to June 19.

“We will go by region, but we will also try to go to the level of provinces. We hope to hit 60-70 provinces out of the 82 provinces,” Senior Technical Assistant Conrado Generoso said. They will be spending around 2 weeks each in Mindanao, Visayas, and Luzon, before returning to Metro Manila for the consolidation and approval phase from June 20 to July 16, shortly before the President’s third State of the Nation Address (SONA).

In its first 30 days, the Con-Com was able to decide on a self-executing anti-dynasty provision and the model of federalism they think is best suited for the Philippines. Con-Com en banc sessions will resume on April, after the Holy Week break. They are expected to tackle Political Reforms on April 4-5, Economic Reforms on April 10, Bill of Rights on April 11, Constitutional Bodies and Structure of Federal System on April 16-17, and the Creation of Constituent Units on April 23-26.