Working towards these commitments
Secure Tenure Rights
Strong Small-Scale Farming Systems
Diverse Tenure Systems
Secure territorial rights for Indigenous Peoples
Transparent and accessible information
Effective actions against land grabbing
Protected land rights defenders
1. Empowering communities to claim their land
NES Philippines has helped empowered more than 500 farmers and indigenous peoples land rights claiming through legal trainings , the use of geographic information system in evidence-based advocacies, and on communications and ground-level story reporting.
Member organisations in NES Philippines also facilitated the formulation of an Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development and Protection Plan (ADSDPP) for two tribes of Indigenous Peoples in Northern Mindanao, and supported the delineation of ancestal boundaries of Indigenous Peoples in Sultan Kudarat in Mindanao.
2. Developed knowledge materials and databases for land advocacy
NES Philippines have conducted land monitoring studies focusing, among other things, on the implementation of asset reform laws, and on conflicts in land and natural resources. NES Philippines has also initiated the development of the National Spatial Land Database to aid in the documentation of overlapping claims in the country. Best practices on community-based ecosystem management have been documented, as well. Results of these knowledge products highlight the need for the passage of the proposed bills the platform is supporting.
Land Rights in the Phillipines
Following the ratification of the Philippine Constitution in 1987, an upsurge of progressive reform laws on resource tenure occurred in the country. This was at the aim of curbing the national poverty through distribution of wealth among the marginalized sectors including farmers and indigenous peoples.
These progressive asset reform laws included the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA), Forestry Code, National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS), and Fisheries Code. These reform laws were passed largely through the hard work and sacrifice of many groups from the marginalized sectors with the support of civil society organizations.
Unfortunately, after decades of implementation, much still needs to be done for the tens of millions of farmers, fisherfolk, indigenous peoples, urban poor, forest communities, and rural women — who continue to live in poverty.