To strengthen the voice of the Filipino Youth, instill political awareness and civic involvement amongst them, and to build a community of young citizens positively invested in the country’s future.
To be the premier legislative simulation of the Philippines where Filipino youth are inspired to take an active role in nation building and shaping the national agenda.
We’re continuing the legacy of redefining the role of the Filipino Youth.
For the past four years, the Philippine Senate has been opening its doors to youth leaders from all over the Philippines to be part of the country’s pioneer government simulation event called the Philippine Model Congress (PMC).
As a model of the Philippine government’s legislative process, participants will simulate congressional debates, engage in workshops, and learn from transformative guest speakers. The conference hopes to give delegates the opportunity to share what matters to them.
Bills passed are presented to the actual Philippine Senate and House of Representatives. In doing so, PMC aims to give the youth an opportunity to be heard by our country’s leaders, increase awareness to national issues, and create a community of young people committed to nation building.
Modeled after conferences hosted by Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and other international universities, the Philippine Model Congress is a collaborative effort by Filipino college students from various universities, and has earned the accreditation and sponsorship of the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). The inaugural PMC was started in 2012 by Leandro Leviste, Lance Katigbak, Tricia Peralta, Thomas Rosal, and Alonzo Virata. In 2013, Raffy Tanpho joined the Executive Board. Last year, Sean Angsanto and Angelo Santiago, two students from De La Salle University, took over with their organizing team to re-organize the conference.
The Philippine Model Congress is annually held in the committee halls of the Philippine Senate located on the second floor, right wing, of the GSIS Building in Pasay City. These hallowed halls and rooms are where senators conduct official committee meetings and are thus rarely used for public events.
The Philippine Model Congress 2015 will be attended by outstanding Filipino high school and college students from around the country who will be representing their respective regions.