Urbanized Metro Manila to have direct vote for leaders under draft federal system

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Prof. Julio C. Teehankee — DLSU.ACADEMIA.EDU

PHILIPPINE CAPITAL Metro Manila will have a different type of regional government under the proposed federal system given that it is composed of mainly urbanized areas. The proposed Metropolitan Manila Region will still “be a federated region in a sense that (it will have) all the powers that have been identified in the other federated regions,” said Prof. Julio C. Teehankee, Chairman for the Subcommittee on Political Reforms and Leveling the Political Field for the The Consultative Committee to Review the 1987 Constitution. “In the case of Metro Manila, the regional governor and vice governor shall be directly elected by the poll within the metropolitan,” he said during a media briefing at the Philippine International Convention Center last week. Other regions, he explained, will have their governor and vice governor elected by a regional assembly composed of representatives of provinces and cities. “Given the specific characteristic of Metro Manila being the first and only region that is entirely, almost, composed of cities, not provinces. Plus one municipality: the municipality of Pateros, we have patterned it after the system of the Greater London authority which has been the template for the Tokyo Metropolitan government and we have looked at the example of the New York state government,” he said. Mr. Teehankee also clarified that it has yet to be finalized whether the Metropolitan Manila Region will be proposed as the Federal Capital. — Gillian M. Cortez