Philippines: Advocates demand release of National Land Use Act committee report
We are sharing this press release posted in the Campaign for Land Use Policy Now! (CLUP Now!) Network Facebook page on 29 September 2015.
While it has been more than a year since the National Land Use Act (NLUA) was passed in the House of Representatives (Lower House) in June 2014, the reading on the Senate (Upper House) floor has not been started to date. This is due to the pending committee report left unreleased by the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, where the Bill is lodged.
With this, the CLUP Now! Network, together with farmers and fisherfolks, amassed in the Senate on 29 September to urge Committee Chairman Senator Chiz Escudero to release the NLUA committee report.
Land use advocates stressed the importance of the Bill to the changing climate, as the Philippines, has already been experiencing its adverse effects. “Congress needs to act urgently to deliberate on the NLUA bill which is a concrete response to climate change adaptation and protection of our life-support systems,” says Dinagat Island Rep. Kaka Bag-ao, principal author of the NLUA in the Lower House.