National Engagement Strategy
As of 2015, NES Philippines has contributed to:
- Pushing legislative action for the passage of the Land Acquisition and Distribution Completion Bill (HB 4296), thus facilitating the completion of pending land distribution targets;
- Lobbying for the actual passage by the House of Representatives of a National Land Use Act bill, contributing to the campaign by providing advocacy tools and participating in mobilization activities;
- Lobbying for the Indigenous Communities Conserved Areas (ICCA) bill, which has passed in both in the Lower and Upper House committee hearings;
- Enhancing capacities of members and their respective partner organizations on the areas of: paralegal work, zoning, land conflict management and negotiation, fisheries and development of advocacy maps;
- Developing a beta version of a web-based national land spatial database system in support of policy work and capacity building
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A number of progressive asset reform laws were passed in the Philippines after the 1986 People Power revolution, which aim to provide equitable land distribution, resource conservation and protection, and recognition of the rights of marginalised groups. Unfortunately, much is still needed to improve the lives of intended beneficiaries such as farmers, fisher folk, indigenous peoples, the urban poor, forest communities, and rural women, who continue to live in poverty. The ILC country strategy for the Philippines thereby intends to promote effective formulation and implementation of land and related policies via a multi-stakeholder platform.
For its third year in 2016/17, NES shall build on the gains of Year 2 and pursue the initiated legislative agenda on land rights. At the same time, policy work will be complemented by field actions, mostly contributing to enhancing the capacities of ILC members and partners communities in evidence-based advocacy and concrete actions to defend their rights to land.
Using the three main strategies of ILC NES – to INFLUENCE, MOBILIZE, and CONNECT, Members have agreed to the following specific objectives
- pursue reforms and protect the gains of past and current asset reform policies and programs;
- address inter-sectoral concerns on land and future legal frameworks;
- enhance the basic sectors’ capacities to demand and defend their rights and natural resources;
- develop a comprehensive and coherent land data system; and,
- enhance coordination among ILC members in the Philippines.