Policy Dialogue Series 2004
Academe Meets the Party-List
10 August 2004, 1:00-4:00 pm, Claro M. Recto Hall, Faculty Center
The Declaration of Policy of Republic Act No. 7941 or the Party-List System Act states that:
The State shall promote proportional representation in the election of representatives to the House of Representatives through a party-list system of registered national, regional and sectoral parties or organizations or coalitions thereof, which will enable Filipino citizens belonging to the marginalized and underrepresented sectors, organizations and parties, and who lack well-defined political constituencies but who could contribute to the formulation and enactment of appropriate legislation that will benefit the nation as a whole, to become members of the House of Representatives. Towards this end, the State shall develop and guarantee a full, free and open party system in order to attain the broadest possible representation of party, sectoral or group interests in the House of Representatives by enhancing their chances to compete for and win seats in the legislature, and shall provide the simplest scheme possible.
After this law took effect 9 years ago in March 1995, and after three elections that saw the participation of party-list groups, there is now a need to take stock among party-list representatives and members of the academe whether the law’s intents are being fulfilled and how. On a much fundamental aspect, how effective is the Party-List System in realizing its potential for democratization?
This second installment of the TWSC Policy Dialogue Series 2004, Academe Meets the Party-List, aims to answer the following questions:
- How instrumental is Party-List System Act (RA 7941) in furthering the cause of the marginalized and underrepresented sector which the Parties represent?
- How did the Act facilitate or constrain the objectives set out by the Parties?
- How is RA 7941 perceived by the Parties? Do they want to amend the Act? If yes, what amendments do they want to make?
- These amendments aside, what are the prospects of the party-list groups under this law as it stands now?
Loretta Ann Rosales, Akbayan!
Satur Ocampo, Bayan Muna
Luis Manuel Coral, Association of Philippine Electric Cooperatives (APEC)
Olivia Caoili, UP Department of Political Science
J. Prospero de Vera, UP National College of Public Administration and Governance
Maria Elissa Lao, Department of Political Science, Ateneo de Manila University