THE Senate will start next month the deliberation on various proposals to amend the 29-year-old Constitution, Senate President Pro Tempore Franklin Drilon said yesterday.
Drilon, who chairs the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Codes, said the panel is set to conduct the first public hearing ?on the matter on September 6.
“The committee understands the importance of this undertaking as part of the agenda of the Duterte administration and has therefore decided to give it the highest priority," he said.
He said the committee has decided to tackle the proposal before the 2017 proposed national budget is brought to the Senate floor by the mid-November.
“We have a really big task ahead of us. An undertaking as monumental as revising the Constitution needs the active and direct cooperation and participation of every Filipino," said Drilon.
“As its chairman, I guarantee that all views and opinions will be heard and taken into consideration, and that no one will be left in the dark. We will be consultative. We will try to cover as many sectors as possible," he said.
The committee will invite as resource person representatives coming from various sectors such as the business community, labor, academe, civil society, sectoral and religious groups, as well as respected Constitutional and legal experts and former Supreme Court justices.
Drilon also plans to hold a series of public hearings outside of Metro Manila “in order get the sentiments and views of local government officials and the public towards amending or revising the Constitution."
Initially, the committee is looking at holding public consultations in the cities of Baguio, Cebu and Davao.