President Rodrigo Duterte has signed Executive Order No. 10 creating a consultative committee that will review the 1987 Constitution.
The consultative panel will be composed of 25 members representing the different sectors of the country. The members who must be natural-born Filipinos shall be appointed by the President.
"There is a need to review the 1987 Philippine Constitution to ensure that it is truly reflective of the needs, ideals, and aspirations of the Filipino people, and to ensure that the mandate of the people as expressed thereon, is responsive to the changing times," stated in the EO forwarded to the Malacanang media.
The committee shall study, conduct consultations and review the Charter provisions "including, but not limited to, the provisions on the structure and powers of the government, local governance and economic policies."
"In the conduct of consultations, the committee shall ensure transparency, and the extensive participation of the Filipino people," it said.
The Presidential Management Staff (PMS) shall serve as the panel's secretariat while other government agencies and instrumentalities are directed, and the local government units are encouraged, to render necessary assistance.
The panel has six months to complete its recommendations and proposals which will be submitted to President Duterte before its transmittal to Congress.
Source: Philippines News Agency