The Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) has been created through Republic Act (RA) No. 7640 approved by then President Fidel V. Ramos on December 9, 1992. The LEDAC serves as a consultative and advisory body to the President, Chair of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board, on certain programs and policies essential to the realization of the goals of the national economy. The LEDAC also serves as a venue to facilitate high level policy discussions on vital issues and concerns affecting national development.
RA 7640 mandates LEDAC with the following functions:
1. Determines and recommends socio-economic development goals;
2. Provides policy advice to the President;
3. Integrates regional development plans into the national development plan;
4. Studies measures to improve implementation of official development assistance;
5. Assesses effectiveness of the implementation of the national development plan;
6. Integrates environmental principles and practices into the national development plan;
7. Integrates legislative agenda with the national development plan; and
8. Recommends to the President and Congress sources of revenues and measures to reduce unnecessary expenditures in government;
The LEDAC is composed of 20 members with the President as Chair and the following as members:
The Vice President
The Senate President
The Speaker of the House of Representatives
Seven members of the Cabinet designated by the President
Three members of the Senate designated by the Senate President
Three members of the House of Representatives designated by the Speaker of the House
A representative of the Local Government Units (LGUs)
A representative from the Youth Sector
A representative from the Private Sector
RA 7640 provides that the Council shall meet at least once every quarter but it may be convened by the President for special meetings as may be necessary.
The Common Legislative Agenda (CLA)
The Common Legislative Agenda is a list of priority legislative measures that the Council has agreed to submit to Legislature to pass into law.
The LEDAC Executive Committee (ExeCom)
The LEDAC Execom comprises the leaders of both chambers of Congress, the Executive Secretary, the Socioeconomic Planning Secretary as overall head of the LEDAC Secretariat, and the Presidential Legislative Adviser. It convenes Council meetings and allows opportunities to expeditiously address issues and concerns relating to priority legislative measures. It also serves as a venue to discuss other measures proposed for inclusion in the CLA.
The LEDAC ExeCom meets as often as may be necessary.
LEDAC ExCom Technical Working Group (ExCom TWG)
The LEDAC ExCom TWG consists of duly designated representatives of the ExCom principals and other relevant agencies or offices of Congress and the Executive Branch including the Office of the Executive Secretary (OES), Office of the Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs (ODESLA), Presidential Management Staff (PMS), Office of the Cabinet Secretary (OCS), Presidential Legislative Liaison Office (PLLO), NEDA-LEDAC Secretariat, Senate Economic Planning Office (SEPO), Congressional Policy, Budget and Research Department (CPBRD), Office of the House Speaker, and Legislation Office of the Senate.
Staff support/ operational support from other government agencies
RA 7640 identifies the NEDA Secretariat as the principal secretariat that provides staff support to the LEDAC, to be assisted by personnel from the PMS and the economic planning staffs of both the Senate and the House of Representatives. In addition, Section 2 of RA 7640 provides that LEDAC may call on any government agency or resource persons for assistance.
NEDA as the principal LEDAC Secretariat
To provide staff support to the Council, NEDA has organized the LEDAC Secretariat which holds office at NEDA sa Pasig, No. 12 St. Josemaria Escriva Drive, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. The LEDAC Secretariat is the principal workhorse of the Council. It organizes Council meetings by determining the agenda, as well as inviting the participants to the meeting. The Secretariat is responsible for preparing the agenda folder and the discussion flow for the President and for distributing materials during the meeting.
Presidential Legislative Liaison Office (PLLO)
The PLLO monitors and reports latest status of the CLA. It also facilitates coordination with legislative agencies/personnel from both chambers of Congress.
Office of the President (OP)
The OP assists in providing the schedule and site preparations for the LEDAC meeting, particularly in terms of appointments (Appointments Office), security (Presidential Security Unit), food (Internal House Affairs Office), protocols (Protocol Office), and official documents.
Office of the Executive Secretary (OES)
The OES, through the Office of Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs, provides assistance in appraising the President’s vital information regarding the LEDAC meeting. In coordination with the PLLO and NEDA-LEDAC secretariat, the OES also generates the agenda of the meeting.
Presidential Management Staff/ Office of the Cabinet Secretary (PMS/OCS)
The PMS and OCS provide technical inputs to LEDAC operation and assists in the conduct of the Council meetings.
Congressional Policy, Budget and Research Department (CPBRD)
The CPBRD provides technical inputs on legislative activities, research, and policies.
Senate Economic Planning Office (SEPO)
The SEPO provides technical inputs on legislative activities, research, and policies.
Legislative Liaison System (LLS)
The LLS is a legislative advocate group of the Executive branch, which consists of the PLLO, duly designated representatives of the Office of the Vice-President, OES, PMS, and the respective Department Legislative Liaison Officers of the Executive branch, as well as Constitutional bodies. It serves as a mechanism between the Executive and Legislative branches of government to facilitate networking and consensus-building among key stakeholders relative to all legislative concerns, i.e., lobby and administration of priority legislative measures, among others.