The Union and the Constitution
Official collegiate debate organizations are considered members of the Union upon joining one of the two official national debate tournaments. The member institutions of PDU are divided into two charters – Charters A and B – depending on the consistency of their participation in both nationals. The Union is governed by its Constitution which may be revised twice every year, during the Union Council Meeting held in each of the national debate tournaments.
The PDU Constitution
The Philippine Debate Union currently oversees the two official national tournaments of the Philippines. The first is the National Debate Championship that is usually hosted in the second half of the year by the institution that wins the bidding process. It is in the British Parliamentary Format. The second is the Philippine Intercollegiate Debate Championship. This is in the Asian Parliamentary Format and is usually hosted in the first half of the year by the University of the Philippines Debate Society.
Info About The Upcoming Nationals
The 2017 Executive Committee
Each year, the Philippine Debate Union elects a set of officers to oversee its endeavors. The Executive Committee’s primary duty is to facilitate the council meetings of the Union. However, in recent years, the ExeComm has started to take a more active role in between the national tournaments by spearheading activities that aim to improve the competitiveness of Philippine debating in various areas of the country and leading the Union into a more active participation in the discourse regarding national affairs.
Meet the ExeComm