Training of trainers on increasing the use of VGGT

On 11 May 2012, Philippines was one of the 98 countries in the Committee of World Food Security (CFS) who officially endorsed the Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT) in Rome, Italy. VGGT is as a set of guidelines that can be used as a reference, given the different national contexts that need to be taken into account in defining the governance of land and natural resources.

ANGOC has been promoting the use of VGGT through implementing projects partnered with national and international organizations such as GIZ-Philippines, National Convergence Initiative for Sustainable Rural Development (NCI), and Philippine Development Forum – Working Group on Sustainable Rural Development (PDF-SRD).

On 11-14 July 2016, FAO and ANGOC conducted the training of trainers on “Increase the use of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (VGGT) among CSOs and Grassroots Organizations in the Philippines” in Tagaytay City.

Participants of the training of trainers on “Increase the use of the VGGT among CSOs and Grassroots Organizations in the Philippines.” Photo credits to CMN.

Participants of the training of trainers on “Increase the use of the VGGT among CSOs and Grassroots Organizations in the Philippines.” Photo credits to CMN.

Twenty two farmers, fisherfolks, indigenous peoples, and CSOs from different parts of the country participated in the workshop to increase their understanding and use of VGGT within the national context with the view of improving land governance in the country. The four-day course:  (i) fostered understanding on the background and process of the VGGT; (ii) explained the main topics covered by the VGGT; (iii) identified main actors and processes and their respective roles; and (iv) formulated an action plan to apply the VGGT in support of land rights work of the basic sectors.

From their own experiences on non-recognition of their rights, participants assessed the threats of their cases, the actors and their roles and influences.

Farmer sector group brainstorms on assessing the situation of their cases. Photo credits to CMN.

Farmer sector group brainstorms on assessing the situation of their cases. Photo credits to CMN.

With what they have learned from the lectures on the VGGT and its applications in the national and global level, participants were able to draw the VGGT principles in analyzing their own situations through a role playing activity. It demonstrated a particular case involving a policy implementing an investor-supported project while oppressing the rights of the basic sectors.

Participants during the role playing demonstrating VGGT's use in analyzing scenarios on resource governance. Photo credits to CMN.

Participants during the role playing demonstrating VGGT’s use in analyzing scenarios on resource governance. Photo credits to CMN.

Participants were able to reflect how their rights are threatened and how they can use VGGT in protecting and demanding for their rights.

Participants shared their learnings and reflections from the workshop.

Participants shared their learnings and reflections from the workshop.

The workshop concluded with an agreed intersectoral framework to better popularize the VGGT as an immediate action plan (see diagram below). Training design will be reviewed and appropriate training modules will be further developed for the use of basic sectors on the ground. Also, tools for assessment on governance of tenure will be developed to equip sectors in evidence-based advocacies. These will be initiated by a VGGT Reference Group composed of each basic sector’s representatives.

 

Intersectoral framework on  further popularizing the use of VGGT.

Intersectoral framework on further popularizing the use of VGGT.

Related resources:

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These VGGT desk studies were prepared to identify existing gaps in policies and programs on the governance of land and resource tenure in the Philippines, and to familiarize stakeholders on the VGGT. Download the publications here.

 

 

 

 

 

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A regional NGO association with members and partners from 14 Asian countries working on access to land, agrarian reforms & rural develop

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