Events Details

Please Register Here: The DILG Debate on Local Governance

November 20, 2016

Venue: Mini Auditorium, Far Eastern University – Manila

Time: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Over the years, we have witnessed the emergence of remarkable changes in local government leaderships, and wider citizens’ engagement and participation in local governance, which, to a certain degree, can be attributed to the implementation of the Local Government Code of 1991.

On the 25th year Anniversary of the LG Code, the DILG, in partnership with the Far Eastern University (FEU) will be holding an inter-university debate on local governance in order to gather students’ insights and recommendations to existing issues in local governance which can be used as reference for proposed amendments in the Code.

This activity will also serve as a venue to gauge the pulse of the youth about the proposal of shifting the country's form of government from presidential to parliamentary as espoused by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

Format: Asian Parliamentary
Participants: 24 debaters (8 teams with 3 members each)
Debate Rounds: Eliminations, Semifinals, Grand Finals

Adjudicators & Facilitators: 12 members

Core Adjudicators:

Atty. Jesus Facis III
Faculty, Department of Political Science
Far Eastern University

Mr. Peterson Poon
College of Law
University of the Philippines

Ms. Rose Lyn Rabanera-Bocato
Labor Relations Officer
Patron & Limpin Law Offices


General guidelines

  • Only 1 team per invited university is eligible to compete. The team shall be endorsed by the university's official debate society.
  • Each team shall register by filling out the online registration (
  • School ID or certificate of registration shall be presented during the tournament.
  • Participants should come on time to avoid delays. A roll call of debaters will be held 5 minutes before the release of motions.

Debate proper

  • Teams are given 30 minutes to prepare for the given motion.
  • Each speaker will have 7 minutes to deliver his/her speech and a grace period of 30 seconds.
  • After the opposition whip, each side will have 4 minutes to reply. Reply begins with the opposition side.
  • Points of information or POIs are raised during constructive speeches of each side, after the first minute and before the last. Each accepted POIs can only be delivered for 15 seconds.
  • Adjudicators will be given 20 minutes to decide.
  • The English language shall be used.

Cash Prizes and Special Awards

Champion - Php 15,000.00
Runner-up - Php 10,000.00
Trophies and medals

For inquiries, please contact: Mr. Joeven R. Castro at