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The political system in the Philippines takes place in an organized framework of a presidential, representative, and democratic republic whereby the president is both the head of state and the head of government within a pluriform multi-party system. This system revolves around three separate and sovereign yet interdependent branches: the legislative branch (the law-making body), the executive branch (the lawenforcing body), and the judicial branch (the lawinterpreting body). Executive power is exercised by the government under the leadership of the president. Legislative power is vested in both the government and the twochamber congress -- the Senate (the upper chamber) and the House of Representatives (the lower
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chamber). Judicial power is vested in the courts with the Supreme Court of the Philippines as the highest judicial Capital body.

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1 National Government of the Philippines 1.1 Executive branch 2 Philippine Government 2.1 Legislative branch 2.2 Judicial branch 2.3 Offices of the Ombudsman 3 Political parties and elections 4 Local government/administrative subdivisions 4.1 Plans 5 International organization participation 6 See also 7 Original Source

National Government of the Philippines


The Republic of the Philippines has a representative democracy modeled after the United States of America's system of government. The 1987 Philippine constitution, adopted during the Corazon Aquino administration, re-established a presidential system of government with a bicameral legislature and an independent judiciary.

Executive branch
The executive branch is headed by the President, Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III (party affiliation: Liberal Party) 30 June 2010, who functions as both the head of state and the head of government. The president is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. The president is elected by popular vote to a term of 6 years. The president, then, appoints (and may fire) his/her cabinet members whom he/she presides over. The executive seat of government is administered officially from Malacaang Palace - also the official residence of the president - in the capital City of Manila. The President may no longer run for re-election, unless he/she becomes president through constitutional succession
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Head of Government Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines

and has served for no more than 4 years as president. The second highest official, Vice-President Jejomar C. Binay(party affiliation: Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan) 30 June 2010, is also elected by popular vote. The vice-president is second in line to succession should the president resign, be impeached or die in office. The vice-president usually, though not always, may be a member of the president's cabinet. If there is a vacancy in the position of Vice President, the President will appoint any member of Congress (usually a party member) as new Vice President. The appointment will be validated by a three-fourths vote of Congress voting separately. The Executive Departments of the Philippines (also known as the "Cabinet") are the largest component of the national executive branch of the government of the Philippines. There are a total of nineteen executive departments. The departments comprise the largest part of the country's bureaucracy. The Cabinet secretaries are tasked to advise the President on the different affairs of the state like agriculture, budget, finance, education, social welfare, national defense, foreign affairs and etc. They are nominated by the President and then presented to the Commission on Appointments, a body of the Congress of the Philippines that confirms all appointments made by the head of state, for confirmation or rejection. If the presidential appointees are approved, they are sworn into office, receive the title "Secretary," and begin to function their duties. During the presidency of Ferdinand Marcos, upon the mandate of the then 1973 Constitution, he changed the departments into ministries from 1978 to the end of his government. Thus, the Department of Education]] became Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports.

Benigno Aquino III Jejomar Binay Paquito Ochoa Edwin Lacierda Cayetano Paderanga Virgilio delos Reyes Proceso Alcala Florencio Abad Armin Luistro Jose Rene Almendras Ramon Paje Cesar Purisima Alberto G. Romulo Enrique Ona Jesse Robredo Leila de Lima Rosalinda Baldoz Voltaire Gazmin Rogelio Singson M ario M ontejo Corazon JulianoSoliman Alberto Lim Jose de Jesus Gregory Domingo
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Agriculture Secretary Budget and M anagement Secretary Education Secretary Energy Secretary Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Finance Secretary

Legislative branch
The bicameral Philippine legislature, the Congress, consists of the Senate and the House of Representatives; members of both are elected by popular vote. The Senate is elected at large. There are currently 24 senators. Of a possible 250 members of the House of Representatives, 206 are elected from the singlemember districts. The remainder of the House seats are designated for sectoral representatives elected at large through a complex "party list" system, hinging on the party receiving at least 2% to 6% of the national vote total. The upper house is located in Pasay City, while the lower house is located in Quezon City. The district and sectoral representatives are elected with a term of three years. They can be reelected but they are no longer eligible to run for the fourth consecutive term. The senators elected with a term of six years. They can be reelected but they are no longer eligible to run for the third consecutive term. The House of Representatives may opt to pass a resolution for a vacancy of a legislative seat that will pave way for a special election. The winner of the special election will serve the unfinished term of the previous district representative and will be considered as one elective term. The same rule applies in the Senate however it will only apply if the seat is vacated before the regular legislative election. This case applies when Senator Teofisto Guingona was appointed as Vice President before the May 2001 election. Senator Gregorio Honasan was in the 13th position in the Senatorial election and he served the unfinished term of Guingona. Honasan is no longer eligible to run for the 2004 elections. The case did not apply in 1998 when Gloria Arroyo was elected as Vice President and in 2004 when Noli de Castro was elected as Vice President. When Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo assumed the Presidency, her LAKAS-CMD
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party also regained its dominant position in Congress. The party leads the 187 member Sunshine Coalition composed of several major and minor parties. In the Senate, the pro-administration coalition controls 13 of the 24 seats. Members of the Philippine Congress tend to have weak party loyalties and change party affiliation easily. In October 2003, the Sunshine Coalition dissolved over Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's decision to seek election for the presidency which she came into by succeeding Joseph Estrada during the EDSA 2 Revolution of 2001. Senate President: Juan Ponce Enrile Speaker of the House of Representatives: Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. Presidents of the Senate

Presidential Chief of Staff

Julia Andrea Abad Amando M. Tetangco, Jr. Cesar Garcia Libran Cabactulan

Central Bank Governor

National Security Adviser United Nations Permanent Representative

Legislative Branch

1916-1935 Manuel Luis Quezon (Philippine Legislature) 1935 Jose Avelino 1935-1941 Dissolved, Unicameral Legislature 1941-1945 Dissolved, World War II 1945-1946 Manuel A. Roxas (Commonwealth of the Philippines) 1946-1949 Jose Avelino 1949-1951 Mariano Jesus Cuenco 1952-1952 Quintin Paredes 1952-1952 Camilo Osias 1952-1953 Eulogio Rodriguez 1953-1953 Jose Zulueta 1953-1963 Eulogio Rodriguez 1963-1965 Ferdinand E. Marcos 1966-1967 Arturo M. Tolentino 1967-1972 Gil J. Puyat 1972-1978 Dissolved, Martial Law 1978-1986 Dissolved, Interim Batasang Pambansa and Regular Batasang Pambansa 1986-1987 Dissolved, 1986 Constitutional Commission 1987-1992 Jovito R. Salonga 1992-1993 Neptali A. Gonzales 1993-1995 Edgardo J. Angara 1995-1996 Neptali A. Gonzales 1996-1998 Ernesto M. Maceda 1998-1998 Neptali A. Gonzales 1998-1999 Marcelo B. Fernan 1999-2000 Blas F. Ople 2000-2000 Franklin M. Drilon 2000-2001 Aquilino Pimentel 2001-2006 Franklin M. Drilon 2006-2008 Manuel B. Villar, Jr. 2008-present Juan Ponce Enrile Speakers of the House of Representatives 1907-1922 Sergio Osmea (Philippine Assembly) 1922-1933 Manuel A. Roxas (House of Representatives) 1933-1935 Quintin Paredes (House of Representatives) 1935-1935 Gil Montilla (National Assembly) 1938-1941 Jose Yulo (National Assembly) 1943-1944 Benigno Aquino Sr. (National Assembly, 2nd Republic) 1945-1946 Jose Zulueta (House of Representatives)
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S enate Title Senate President Senate President Pro-Tempore M ajority Floor Leader M inority Floor Leader Secretary Sergeant-at-Arms Name Juan Ponce Enrile Jinggoy Estrada Tito Sotto Alan Peter Cayetano Oscar G. Yabes
M/Gen. Jose Balajadia

Senate M embers (http://www.senate.gov.ph/senators/sen13th.htm) House of Representatives Title Speaker Deputy Speaker Dep. Speaker Dep. Speaker Dep. Speaker Dep. Speaker Dep. Speaker M ajority Floor Leader M inority Floor Leader Secretary-General Sergeant-at-Arms Name Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. M aria Isabella Climaco Raul Daza Arnulfo Fuentebella Pablo P. Garcia Jesus Crispin C. Remulla Lorenzo Taada III Neptali M . Gonzales II Edcel C. Lagman Roberto P. Nazareno
B/Gen. Bayani N. Fabic

House M embers (http://www.congress.gov.ph/members/show_images.php Judicial Branch S upreme Court Title Chief Justice Official Court Administrator and Spokesperson Name Renato Corona M idas M arquez

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1946-1953 Eugenio Perez (House of Representatives) 1954-1957 Jose B. Laurel, Jr. (House of Representatives) 1957-1962 Daniel Romualdez (House of Representatives) 1962-1967 Cornelio Villareal (House of Representatives) 1967-1971 Jose B. Laurel, Jr. (House of Representatives) 1971-1972 Cornelio Villareal (House of Representatives) 1978-1984 Querube C. Makalintal (Interim Batasang Pambansa) 1984-1986 Nicanor E. Yniguez (Regular Batasang Pambansa) 1986-1987 Dissolved, 1986 Constitutional Commission 1987-1992 Ramon V. Mitra (House of Representatives) 1992-1998 Jose C. De Venecia, Jr.(House of Representatives) 1998-2000 Manuel Villar Jr. (House of Representatives) 2000-2001 Arnulfo Fuentebella (House of Representatives) 2001 Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. (House of Representatives) 2001-2008 Jose C. De Venecia, Jr. (House of Representatives) 2008-2010 Prospero Nograles (House of Representatives) 2010-present Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. (House of Representatives)

Title Acting Presiding Judge Executive Clerk of Court Security and Sheriff

Name
Edilberto Sandoval

Renato Bocar Edgardo Urieta

Sandiganbayan Judges (http://sandigan.supremecourt.gov.ph/) Court of Appeals Title Presiding Judge Clerk of Court Name Andres Reyes, Jr. Teresita M arigomen

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Judicial branch
The judiciary branch of the government is headed by the Supreme Court, which has a Chief Justice as its head and 14 Associate Justices, all appointed by the president on the recommendation of the Judicial and Bar Council. Supreme Court Chief Justice: Renato Corona Chief Justices of the Supreme Court 1901-1920 Cayetano L. Arellano 1920-1921 Victorino M. Mapa 1921-1924 Manuel G. Araullo 1925-1941 Ramon Q. Avacea 1941-1942 Jose Abad Santos 1942-1944 Jose Yulo 1945-1951 Manuel V. Moran 1951-1961 Ricardo M. Paras 1961-1966 Cesar Bengzon 1966-1973 Roberto R. Concepcion 1973-1975 Querube C. Makalintal 1976-1979 Fred Ruiz Castro 1979-1985 Enrique M. Fernando 1985-1985 Felix V. Makasiar 1985-1986 Ramon C. Aquino 1986-1988 Claudio Teehankee, Sr. 1988-1988 Pedro Yap 1988-1991 Marcelo B. Fernan 1991-1998 Andres Narvasa 1998-2005 Hilario Davide, Jr. 2005-2006 Artemio Panganiban 2006-2010 Reynato Puno 2010-present Renato Corona

Offices of the Ombudsman


The government and all three of its branches are independently monitored by the Offices of the Ombudsman. The Ombudsman is given the mandate to investigate and prosecute any official/s in government that is allegedly guilty of crimes, especially Graft
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and Corruption. The Ombudsman leads a team composed of a sheriff and 6 deputies who lead the their respective divisions and/or bureaus.

Political parties and elections


For other political parties see List of political parties in the Philippines. An overview on elections and election results is included in Elections in the Philippines. Candidate Gloria MacapagalArroyo Fernando Poe, Jr. Raul Roco Eduardo Villanueva Total Party Kabalikat ng Mamamayang Pilipino / Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats/ Koalisyon ng Katapatan at Karanasan sa Kinabukasan Koalisyon ng Nagkakaisang Pilipino/Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino Votes %

12,905,808 39.99 11,782,232 3,510,080 2,082,762 1,988,218 32,269,100 36.51 10.88 6.45 6.16 100.0

Panfilo Lacson Independent Aksyon Demokratiko Bangon Pilipinas Movement

Summary of the 10 May 2004 Senate of the Philippines election results Rank Candidate 1. Manuel Roxas II 2. Ramon Revilla Jr. 3. Aquilino Pimentel, Jr. 4. Maria Ana Consuelo Madrigal 5. Richard Gordon 6. Pilar Juliana Cayetano 7. Miriam Defensor-Santiago 8. Alfredo Lim 9. Juan Ponce Enrile 10. Jinggoy Estrada 11. Manuel Lapid 12. Rodolfo Biazon 13. Robert Barbers 14. Ernesto Maceda 15. John Henry Osmea 16. Orlando S. Mercado 17. Robert Jaworski 18. Maria Elisa Anson-Roa 19. Francisco Tatad
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Party K-4 - Liberal Party K-4 - Lakas CMD KNP / PDP-LABAN KNP - Independent K-4 - Lakas CMD K-4 - Lakas CMD K-4 - PRP KNP - Independent KNP - PMP KNP - PMP K-4 - Lakas CMD K-4 - Liberal Party K-4 - Lakas CMD KNP - NPC K-4 - Independent K-4 - Independent K-4 - Lakas-CMD KNP - PMP KNP - LDP

Votes 19,372,888 15,801,531 13,519,998 13,253,692 12,707,151 12,542,054 12,187,401 11,286,428 11,191,162 11,094,120 10,970,941 10,635,270 10,624,585 9,944,328 9,914,179 8,295,024 6,921,425 5,873,845 5,718,740
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20. Heherson Alvarez 21. Ernesto Herrera 22. Perfecto Yasay Jr. 23. Francisco Chavez 24. Carlos M. Padilla 25. Salvador Escudero III 26. Amina Rasul 27. Jose Sonza 28. Parouk Hussin 29. Didagen Dilangalen 30. Melanio Mauricio 31. Pilar Pilapil 32. Eduardo Nonato Joson 33. Edgar Ilarde 34. Nicanor Gatmaytan Jr. 35. Olivia Coo 36. Oliver Lozano 37. Alvin Alvincent Almirante 38. Ramon Montao 39. Matuan Usop 40. Angel Rosario 41. Ismael Aparri 42. Norma Nueva 43. Carmen X. Borja 44. Pendatun Decampong 45. Gerardo del Mundo 46. El Cid Fajardo 47. Iderlina Pagunuran 48. Arturo Estuita Note: A total of 48 candidates ran for senator.

Independent KNP - Independent Aksyon Demokratiko Aksyon Demokratiko Independent (LDP Aquino Wing) KNP - Independent / NPC KNP / PDP-LABAN Aksyon Demokratiko K-4 - Lakas-CMD KNP - PMP Aksyon Demokratiko Independent Aksyon Demokratiko Independent Aksyon Demokratiko Aksyon Demokratiko KBL KBL
Partido Isang Bansa Isang Diwa Partido Isang Bansa Isang Diwa Partido Isang Bansa Isang Diwa Partido Isang Bansa Isang Diwa

4,791,085 4,612,036 4,408,808 4,286,838 3,863,693 3,780,469 3,456,480 2,839,442 2,821,522 2,222,069 1,144,279 692,137 631,041 527,865 453,693 338,846 238,272 206,097 159,735 137,376 98,932 97,430 96,129 95,755 94,713 88,962 79,471 59,712 39,094

KBL
Partido Isang Bansa Isang Diwa Partido Isang Bansa Isang Diwa

Independent
Partido Isang Bansa Isang Diwa Partido Isang Bansa Isang Diwa Partido Isang Bansa Isang Diwa

Source: Philippine Commission on Elections (http://www.comelec.gov.ph)

Summary of the 10 May 2004 House of Representatives of the Philippines election results Parties
This is the division of seats as published on the website of the House of Representatives. The first party affiliation mentioned is counted. This is not the result of the elections.

Seats

Lakas-Christian and Muslim Democrats (Power-Christian and Muslim Democrats) Nationalist People's Coalition
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Liberal Party Kabalikat ng Mamamayang Pilipino Nacionalista Party {Nationalist Party) Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino {Struggle for Democratic Filipinos} Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (Force of the Philippines Masses) Democratic Socialist Party of the Philippines (Partido Demokratiko Sosyalista ng Pilipinas) Buhay Democratic Action (Aksyon Demokratiko) Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (Philippines Democratic Party-National Struggle) Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (New Society Movement) Sarro Partido ng Demokratikong Reporma-Lapiang Manggagawa (Democratic Reform Party) Alayon Partido Magdala Akbayan ! Citizens' Action Party Bayan Muna (Nation First) Association of Philippine Electric Cooperatives Anakpawis (Toiling Masses) Butil Farmers Party Coop VFP Amin Ave Alagad Gabriela Women's Party An Waray Workers' Party (Partido ng Manggagawa) Alif Citizen's Battle Against Corruption (Cibac) Non-partisans Total Source: Congress Web site

34 26 12 7 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 3 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 235

Summary of the 10 May 2004 House of Representatives of the Philippines Party-List election result Party-list Votes %
Below is the result of the party-list vote. M ost seats in the Congress are not elected through the party list system
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Bayan Muna Association of Philippine Electric Cooperatives Akbayan ! Citizens' Action Party Buhay Anakpawis Citizen's Battle Against Corruption Gabriela Women's Party Partido ng Manggagawa Butil Farmers Party Alliance of Volunteer Educators Alagad Veterans Freedom Party Cooperative NATCCO Network Party Anak Mindanao Ang Laban ng Indiginong Filipino An Waray ABA-AKO Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy Senior Citizens/Elderly Philippines Guardians Brotherhood, Inc. Anak ng Bayan Trade Union Congress Party Sanlakas Bigkis Pinoy Movement Suara Bangsamoro Cocofed - Philippine Coconut Producers Federation, Inc. Sagip-Katwa Foundation, Inc. Aksyon Sambayan People's Movement against Poverty Barangay Association for National Advancement and Transparency Abay Pamiliya Foundation, Inc. SMILE Abanse! Pinay Total

1,203,305 934,995 852,473 705,730 538,396 495,193 464,586 448,072 429,259 343,498 340,977 340,759 270,950 269,750 269,345 268,164 251,597 244,137 236,571 213,662 213,068 201,396 189,517 186,264 164,494 163,952 161,797 156,467 144,740 143,454 133,952 133,425 115,855 12,721,952

9.4585 7.3495 6.7008 5.5473 4.2320 3.8924 3.6518 3.5220 3.3742 2.7000 2.6802 2.6785 2.1298 2.1204 2.1172 2.1079 1.9777 1.9190 1.8595 1.6795 1.6748 1.5831 1.4897 1.4641 1.2930 1.2887 1.2718 1.2299 1.1377 1.1276 1.0529 1.0488 0.9107

Source: COMELEC (http://www.comelec.gov.ph/results/2004partylist.html)

During the American occupation, the Nacionalista Party (more like the Republicans) was the dominant party at the time. This, however, was interrupted by World War II, when during the Japanese occupation, a new party, the Kapisanan ng Paglilingkod
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sa Bagong Pilipinas (KALIBAPI), was formed. It was the only party that was allowed to operate during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines. After the war, KALIBAPI was abolished and the Nacionalistas returned to power. However, a new party, the Liberal Party (similar to the Democrats), was formed after some Nacionalistas split from the original party. This de facto two-party system was kept until 1972. However, when Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law, he formed his own monolithic party, the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL, New Society Movement). The traditional parties were sidelined. Worse, most of his political opponents were incarcerated, tortured or even killed. But, a majority of the KBL members were ex-Nacionalistas. In 1978, Marcos called an election to the interim Batasang Pambansa and an opposition party was formed known as LABAN. Among the candidates then were Benigno Aquino, Alex Bongcayao and Ernesto Maceda, to name a few. During that election, only Maceda was elected into office. In 1984, many opposition parties sprang up. Among them are PDP-LABAN (different from the original LABAN party) of Aquilino Pimentel and UNIDO, or the United Nationalists Democratic Organizations, of Salvador Laurel. The UNIDO would later be an umbrella coalition of opposition against Ferdinand Marcos. After Marcos was overthrown in the People Power Revolution, other parties appeared, such as Lakas ng Bayan, Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino or LDP, and the National Union of Christian Democrats (NUCD) of Senator Raul Manglapus. In 1992 elections, the LDP was split in half. Fidel V. Ramos formed his own party known as the Partido Lakas ng Tao, which coalesced with the National Union of Christian Democrats. Their union was later known as the Lakas-NUCD, now known as Lakas-Christian and Muslim Democrats. The LDP was bannered by Ramon Mitra. During these elections, the Nacionalista Party was also split into two. The Nacionalistas were led by Salvador Laurel while the splinter group led by Danding Cojuangco was known as the Nationalist People's Coalition or NPC. In the 1998 elections, three new political parties were formed: the Partido ng Masang Pilipino of Joseph Estrada, the Aksyon Demokratiko (Democratic Action) of Raul Roco, and the Kabalikat ng Mamamayang Pilipino (KAMPI) of Gloria MacapagalArroyo. There are other regional political parties, such as Panaghiusa (precursor of the Osmeas' BO-PK) and the Mindanao Alliance in Mindanao. However, many of these parties are now defunct. It is believed that Philippine political parties share one common platform. However, it is also perceived that Philippine political parties are also not based on political platform, but rather on personality. Turncoatism is so widespread that there were moves from lawmakers in the past to make this illegal, since it is believed that switching party allegiances are easy in Philippine politics. The image of turncoatism among politicians also fuels the belief that many Philippine politicians are opportunist, using their political power for personal gain.

Local government/administrative subdivisions


The Philippines is divided into a hierarchy of local government units (LGUs) with the province as the primary unit. As of 2006, there are 80 provinces in the country. Provinces are further subdivided into cities and municipalities, which are in turn, composed of barangays. The barangay is the smallest local government unit. A Philippine province is headed by a Governor. The Provincial Council (Sangguniang Panlalawigan) is composed of the Vice Governor (Presiding Officer) and Provincial Board Members. A Philippine city and municipality is headed by a Mayor. The City Council (Sangguniang Panlungsod) or Municipal Council (Sangguniang Bayan) is composed of the Vice Mayor (Presiding Officer) and City or Municipal Councilors. A barangay is headed by a Barangay Captain who is also the presiding officer of the barangay council. The Barangay Council is composed of kagawads. A similar unit called Youth Council (Sangguniang Kabataan) is headed by a SK Chairperson who had similar rank of a Barangay Captain. The council is composed of SK Members. The term of office of all local elective officials elected is three (3) years, starting from noon of June 30 of an election year. No local elective official shall serve for more than three (3) consecutive terms in the same position. Voluntary renunciation of the office for any length of time shall not be considered as an interruption in the continuity of service for the full term for which the elective official concerned was elected. Barangay and SK officials are elected to a term of five years starting from noon of the date as prescribed by law. The current barangay organic law sets the date of November 12 2007 as effectivity date. The current barangay and SK officials started terms August 15 2002. The next barangay and SK election will be on October 29
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2007. All provinces are grouped into 17 regions for administrative convenience. Most government offices establish regional offices to serve the constituent provinces. The regions themselves do not possess a separate local government, with the exception of the Muslim Mindanao region, which is autonomous. The Cordillera Administrative Region will become an autonomous region and will receive the setup granted to Muslim Mindanao if voters would approve an organic law that would create a Cordillera Autonomous Region.

Plans
As of December 2006 President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and others are hoping to amend the constitution to a unicameral, federal, parliamentary system similar to the German constitution. Parliament would be given the power to split the Philippines into states with each one having a local legislature responsible for certain functions. Included in the amendments are plans to remove or ease the current ban on foreign ownership of property, land and commercial organizations in the Philippines; to removed term limits; to further restrict who can run for office; and to change slightly but perhaps meaningfully the freedom of speech clause. So far efforts have failed. The Senate has not agreed to meet with the House in a Constituent Assembly (ConAss), though the House may soon try to meet as a ConAss without the Senate. An attempt to use an initiative petition to amend was struck down by the Supreme Court. Any amendments proposed by a ConAss, an initiative petition or the third alternative, a Constitutional Convention (representatives directly elected to amend the Constitution) must be approved by the voters.

International organization participation


The Philippines is a founding and active member of the United Nations since its inception on October 24 1945 and is a founding member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The Philippines is also a member of the East Asia Summit (EAS)), an active player in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the Latin Union and a member of the Group of 24. The country is a major non-NATO ally of the U.S., but also a member of the Non-Aligned Movement. Memberships: APEC (1989), AsDB (1966), ASEAN, CP, ESCAP, FAO, G24, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Interpol, IOC, IOM, ISO, ITU, ITUC, NAM, OAS (observer), OPCW, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNHRC, UNIDO, UNMIK, UNMIL, UNMISET, UNOCI, UNU, UPU, ITUC, WCO, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO,

See also
Regions of the Philippines Provinces of the Philippines Cities of the Philippines Philippine municipality Barangay

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