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As an institution of, for, and by the people, it is the House of Representatives’ duty to empower and ensure that all members of the Filipino society are represented and given the platform to participate in governance. The Bill Drafting Contest is one way in which we can strengthen the youth's role in nation building through participatory policy-making.

Following the success of the first Bill Drafting Contest held by the House of Representatives in 2017, the second installment – Bill Drafting Contest 2018 – shall continue to carry the torch as it strengthens youth participation in nation building.


  • Participation in the competition is open to undergraduate students (Bachelor’s degree) who are currently enrolled in universities and colleges in the Philippines.
  • Interested participants may join the competition by forming a team of three (3) students from the same college or university. Only one (1) bill entry shall be allowed per team.
  • The competition will have two (2) stages – the preliminary round and the final round:
    1. In the preliminary round ("Bill Filing"), participating teams will submit their bill entries for the judges’ evaluation. From these bills, five (5) entries with the highest scores will be chosen to move on to the final round.
    2. The final round ("Period of Sponsorship and Interpellation") will give the selected teams the chance to deliver a ten (10) minute pitch followed by a twenty (20) minute interpellation, in front of Committee Secretaries and Board of Judges. The winning teams will be awarded at the close of the event. For wider audience reach, the final round will be streamed online through the official Facebook pages of the House of Representatives and the Office of the Speaker.
  1. Interested teams must pre-register through until June 14, 2018. No fees will be collected to enter the competition.
  2. To confirm their participation and complete their registration, pre-registered teams must attend the Introductory Seminars. Part 1: Introduction to Public Policy shall be facilitated by the Committee Affairs Department on 27 June 2018, and Part 2: Bill Drafting Seminar shall be facilitated by the Reference and Research Bureau on 28 June 2018. During the events, each team must submit the following requirements through the final registration link online:
    1. Team Registration Form;
    2. Official letter from the university/college endorsing the participants as official representatives; and
    3. Clear copy (front and back) of each participant’s School ID.
  3. For participants outside Metro Manila, a video conference of the Bill Drafting session will be available for them to participate. They must likewise submit their duly accomplished registration form and requirements through the link provided during the Seminars.
  1. Participants must submit soft copies (Word file and PDF format) of their drafted bill entries. Submission of bill entries will be from 16 July 2018 until 7:00 pm of 16 August 2018. Online submissions of bill entries must be emailed to Once the entry has been submitted, no other versions or revisions shall be accepted.
  2. Submitted bill entries must be in accordance with the parameters described below:

    PROPOSED BILL must --

    1. Be a National Legislation – bill of national importance
    2. Be a Special Law – original, not an amendatory bill; not previously or currently filed in any chamber of Congress
    3. Consist of not less than ten (10) but not more than twenty (20) sections
    4. Use the following format/outline:

      Explanatory Note (Rationale/Objective/Reason)

      1. Constitutional Basis
      2. Factual bases (e.g. statistics, survey, reports, study)
      3. Legislative history *
      4. Features of the bill

      Body of the Bill

      1. Introductory Provision
        1. Long Title
        2. Short Title
        3. Declaration of Policy *
        4. Definition of Terms
      2. Substantive Provisions - main thrust/purpose of the bill; right or prohibit
      3. Administrative Provisions* - who will/how to implement
      4. Enforcement* - Penalty Provisions: imprisonment or fines
      5. Final Provision
        1. Separability Clause *
        2. Repealing Clause *
        3. Effectivity Clause

    * only if applicable to the proposed legislation/bill




May 18, 2018 (Friday) to June 14, 2018 (Thursday) Call for Participants (Online Pre-registration)
June 27, 2018 (Wednesday) Introduction to Public Policy Seminar (c/o CAD):
  • Confirmation of Participationr
  • Submission of Registration Forms and Requirements
June 28, 2018 (Thursday) Bill Drafting Seminar
July 2, 2018 (Monday) to July 12, 2018 (Thursday) Consultation and Mentorship
July 16, 2018 (Monday) to 7:00pm of August 16, 2018 (Thursday) Bill Filing (Preliminary Round):
September 17, 2018 (Monday) Notification of Preliminary Round Winners
September 18, 2018 (Tuesday) to September 27, 2018 (Thursday) Consultation and Period of Revision

Preliminary Round Winners may visit the House of Representatives to consult with House Committees as they revise their bill entries for the final round.

October 4, 2018 (Thursday) Deadline for Submission of Soft Copies of Revised Bill Entries for Final Round
October 11, 2018 (Thursday) Final Round and Awarding of Winners

For further inquiries, you may contact us through any of the channels below:

SOURCE: Speaker's Office, House of Representatives