Category Archives: ANGOC

Cambodian CSOs visit the Philippines

To learn about the land and housing laws, and the strategies of the CSO in ensuring the access of resource rights among the sectors, the NGO Forum on Cambodia (NGOF) organized the Learning Visit on Land and Housing Rights in the Philippines on 26-28 July 2016. Representatives from Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT), Focus on the Global South, Equitable Cambodia (EC), and Community Legal Education Center (CLEC), and ADHOC Cambodia also took part in the study tour.

Hosted by ANGOC, the first day focused on the Philippine land laws and the strategies and experiences of CSOs in pursuing their advocacies on agrarian reform and land use. While Philippines has many asset reform laws rooting to the Philippine Constitution of 1987, they are highly sectoral in approach; thus overlapping provisions and jurisdictions persist in the country resulting to resource conflicts among different sectors. Hence, the Philippine CSOs push for the passage of the National Land Use Act (NLUA) Bill. CSOs and advocacy groups who presented their advocacy experiences were The People’s Campaign for Agrarian Reform Network Incorporated (AR Now!), Center for Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (CARRD), and Campaign for Land Use Policy Now! (CLUP Now!).

On the second day, Cambodian CSOs visited the Community Organizers Multiversity (COM) office to hear about the Urban Development and Housing Act (UDHA) as the main Philippine law on urban housing. They have also learned the initiatives COM conducts to ensure proper implementation of the said law. They have visited a site where an urban housing project is being implemented in Manggahan, Pasig City to learn the experiences and struggles of the Alliance of People’s Organization along Manggahan Floodway Pasig (APOAMF) in successfully fighting for their right to live within city through a near-city housing relocation site project which they, themselves, have developed and proposed to the Government.

Lastly, the Cambodian CSOs visited and learned from the Pastolan indigenous community in Hermosa, Bataan, who have successfully claimed their ancestral domain title with the support of the Philippine Association for Intercultural Development (PAFID). Visitors have also learned how the government and the indigenous community have sustained a harmonious relationship to one another in a dialogue with the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).

Cambodian CSO representatives with the ANGOC Chairperson Emeritus Fr. Francis Lucas.

Cambodian CSO representatives with the ANGOC Chairperson Emeritus Fr. Francis Lucas.

Dr. Ear Chong of NGOF (right most) presenting an overview of land situation in Cambodia.

Dr. Ear Chong of NGOF (right most) presenting an overview of land situation in Cambodia.

Cambodian CSO representatives with the community people and urban housing project construction.

Cambodian CSO representatives with the community people and urban housing project construction.

Indigenous people's representative "Ka Bonnie" showing the map of their ancestral domain territory.

Indigenous people’s representative “Ka” Bonnie showing the map of their ancestral domain territory.

Indigenous people's representative addressing the questions of the Cambodian CSO representatives.

Indigenous people’s representative “Ka” Linda addressing the questions of the Cambodian CSO representatives.

Cambodian CSO representatives learning about the experiences of indigenous peoples in claiming their ancestral domain title.

Cambodian CSO representatives learning about the experiences of indigenous peoples in claiming their ancestral domain title.

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2014 CSO Land Reform Monitoring Publication launched!

Book launch

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) conducted a regional multi-stakeholder meeting on Sixth Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF-6) on 19-21 October in Jakarta to provide a platform for urban policy actors in the region to discuss emerging and critical urban development issues.

In relation to this forum, ANGOC took the opportunity to launch and promote its new publication, “2014 CSO Land Reform Monitoring: Towards an Accountable Governance on Land,” side-by-side with the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN)’s publication on, “Land Tenure in Asia and the Pacific: Challenges, Opportunities and Way Forward.”

The CSO Land Reform Monitoring is an initiative undertaken by the Land Watch Asia (LWA) Campaign and with support of the International Land Coalition (ILC) and Misereor.

The 2014 CSO Land Reform Monitoring Publication is a collection of 2014 CSO land reform monitoring reports on the status of land tenure and access to land from seven Asian countries (Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, and the Philippines). The book also reflects the recent expansion of the monitoring initiative to a ridge-to-reef framework providing a more holistic approach in addressing ancestral lands, rural lands, and marine resource concerns.

Through this knowledge product, ANGOC and LWA hope to contribute to the ongoing discussion on the Post-2015 sustainable development goals (SDGs).

The publication will be available in ANGOC website soon.

Don book launching

Launching of the “2014 CSO Land Reform Monitoring: Towards an Accountable Governance on Land.”

ILC Asia communication planning workshop

Participants of the ILC Asia Communication Planning Workshop

Participants of the ILC Asia Communication Planning Workshop

Aiming for a transparent and accountable course of action, ILC Asia, Association for Land Reform and Development (ALRD), and ANGOC, conducted the ILC Asia Communication Planning Workshop on 8-9 October 2015 in Chiang Mai and developed communication plans in the regional and country level – among the members in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, India, Nepal, and Philippines.

Facilitated by ANGOC Chairman Emeritus Fr. Francis Lucas, country focal persons drafted communication plans according to the county-level gaps identified. The communication plans will be implemented along with the 3-year ILC Asia workplan focusing on the 10 commitments on people-centered land governance.

ILC Communications Specialist Ashley von Anrep also presented and discussed the use of the newly-created communications platform for the ILC community, the MemberNet.

ILC NES Philippine members can log-in and register at members.landcoalition.org.

World Food Day – focusing on social protection and agriculture

ANGOC WFD poster_web

October 16 is the celebration of World Food Day (WFD). This year’s theme is “Social Protection and Agriculture: Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty” recognizing the importance of stimulating production and social protection (such as economic, social, and environmental policies and programs) in reducing poverty and food insecurity in the long term.

Together with FAO, ANGOC celebrates WFD with the theme, “Fighting Landlessness and Promoting Smallholder Agriculture in Building Vibrant, Peaceful, and Diverse Rural Communities Living Harmoniously with Nature.” ANGOC realizes the role of fighting landlessness and promoting smallholder agriculture through securing land rights of farmers in attaining self-sufficiency for all – from tillers to the people, therefore alleviating the nation from poverty and providing a food-secured world.

ANGOC and LWA’s newest knowledge products – available online!

We are happy to share ANGOC and LWA’s newest knowledge products:

2013 cso land reform monitoring2013 CSO Land Reform Monitoring Report: Reclaiming our Rights to Land 

This report is a summary of the 2013 CSO Land Reform Monitoring papers in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, and the Philippines. It focuses on land conflicts including killings, harassments, land-related detainments, and evictions experienced in the seven countries. 

land grab issue briefLand grab issue brief: Upholding Farmers’ Land Rights against Land Grabs

This issue brief highlights the roots of land grabbing experienced in the aggrieved communities in the seven countries. 

Philippine 2014 CSO Land Reform Monitoring Initiatives: Joint Consultation Workshop

Last 16 April 2015, ANGOC, LWA, University of the Philippines, College of Social Work and Development (UPD-CSWD), and Xavier Science Foundation (XSF) organized the Joint Consultation Workshop on the 2014 CSO Land Reform Monitoring Initiatives for the Philippines at the UPD-CSWCD, Quezon City.

The event gathered around 20 representatives from the academe, and CSOs working on agrarian reform, aquatic resources, and ancestral domains to discuss strategies in developing the ongoing Philippine land reform monitoring report.

The workshop has contributed to the objectives of the 2014 CSO Land Reform Monitoring Initiatives, namely, (a) pursuing reforms and protecting the gains of past and current asset reform policies and programs; (b) addressing inter-sectoral concerns on land and future legal frameworks; (c) enhancing the basic sectors’ capacities to demand and defend the rights and natural resources; (d) developing a comprehensive and coherent land data system; and (e) enhancing coordination among ILC members in the Philippines.

 Joint Consultation Workshop on 2014 CSO Land Reform Monitoring Report - Philippines

ANGOC participates in the Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty

The Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty was held last 23-27 March in Washington DC, USA. Organized by the Development Economic Resource Group of the World Bank, it aims to promote exchanges of best approaches and practices by governments, civil society, academe and private sector. For 2015, the theme is Linking Land Tenure and Use for Shared Prosperity highlighting that land tenure have far-reaching implications for the socio-economic and welfare of the society. At the same time, a number of geospatial technologies were featured as tools to improve land use and management.

On the other hand, several country-level activities on land rights have been organized by the LWA campaign members, including dialogues, and foot marches.

ANGOC participates in MRLG Regional Consultation and Planning Workshop

For the next seven years, the Mekong Region Land Governance (MRLG) Project, supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) will support regional multi-reform actor platforms and the bringing together of reform actors from CSO, government and private sector that support the strengthening of smallholder tenure in land, forest and fisheries. The MRLG Project will be initiating learning and advocacy activities and will be providing two funding facilities to meet the demand for reinforcing the land tenure security in four countries: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam.

The panel of the MRLG Regional Consultation and Planning Worksho. Photo by NGO Forum on Cambodia. Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/ngoforumoncambodia/photos/pcb.508647725944344/508647652611018/?type=1&theater

The panel of the MRLG Regional Consultation and Planning Workshop. Photo by NGO Forum on Cambodia. Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/ngoforumoncambodia/photos/pcb.508647725944344/508647652611018/?type=1&theater

In this regard, MRLG organized a consultation and planning workshop on 4-6 March in Bangkok, Thailand, bringing together active stakeholder representatives of the four countries and identified regional level key reform actors to prepare a first year plan for regional level learning and advocacy component activities. Other objectives of the workshop include: (1) to contribute to the elaboration of the project strategy on important cross cutting issues; and (2) to provide a forum for discussions, exhibiting current activities and networking with Mekong region reform actors on land and forest governance issues.

 The following are the thematic areas identified as regional priorities during the workshop:

  • Voluntary Guidelines on the Governance of Tenure (VGGT)
  • Engaging ASEAN
  • Customary tenure addressing land conflicts
  • Regional information sharing network.

 ANGOC shared the initiatives of the Land Watch Asia campaign, and explored further linkages with MRLG in pursuing land rights in Mekong sub-region.

ANGOC participates in a conference on contested access to land

Plenary session on the Contested Access to Land in the Philippines and Indonesia: How Can the Rural Poor Re(gain) Control? Photo by Geia de la Pena, retrieved from httpcalpi.up.edu.phwp-contentuploads201502DSCF4078.jpg

Plenary session on the Contested Access to Land in the Philippines and Indonesia: How Can the Rural Poor Re(gain) Control? Photo by Geia de la Pena, retrieved from httpcalpi.up.edu.phwp-contentuploads201502DSCF4078.jpg

ANGOC participated in an international conference, Contested Access to Land in the Philippines and Indonesia: How can the Rural Poor (Re)gain Control?, held on 16-17 February at the Asian Center and University Hotel, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City.

Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) of the University of Amsterdam, and the Asian Center and Third World Studies Center (TWSC) of the University of the Philippines organized the event.

The conference, was as a venue for academic researchers, NGO practitioners, and policy activists and advocates to share experiences on land grabbing and vulnerabilities of the rural poor in land deals in Indonesia and the Philippines and reflect and better understand how the rural poor can “(re)gain control” over land.

Parallel panel sessions were held on the following topics:

  • Challenges and dilemmas of advocacy: addressing corporate land acquisitions
  • Post-conflict land acquisitions and land governance
  • Indigenous people and commercial land claims
  • The gender dimension of land deals
  • The role of States, policies, and their outcomes
  • Post-disaster land grab
  • Who controls the land after land reform?
  • The past and future of resource extraction and agrarian issues
  • Alternative models of small-scale farming and land ownership

ANGOC, was one of the panel members under the Challenges and dilemmas of advocacy: addressing corporate land acquisitions session. The presentation highlighted the land grabbing cases documented by the Land Watch Asia (LWA) partners in the Philippines and Indonesia, and the recommendations of the Asian Peoples Land Rights Tribunal.

Looking forward, the next challenge will be on how to collaborate the shared ideas to have common political projects, research, and initiatives between academics and CSO/social movements in the Philippines and Indonesia.

Nathaniel Don Marquez, Executive Director of ANGOC, delivering his presentation during a panel session.

Nathaniel Don Marquez, Executive Director of ANGOC, delivering his presentation during a panel session.

VGGT Publications: Now Online!

We are happy to share ANGOC’s three new publications under the Voluntary Guidelines on the Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries, and Forests (VGGT) project; prepared to identify the existing gaps in policies and programs on the governance of land and resource tenure in the Philippines, and to familiarize stakeholders on the VGGT:

VGGT and NLUAThe Voluntary Guidelines on the Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries, and Forests in the context of National Food Security (VGGT) and the Proposed National Land Use and Management Act (NLUA)

This discussion paper analyzed to what extent the salient principles and recommendations of the VGGT are substantially reflected in the NLUA (House Bill 108). With the NLUA in place, this study concluded that policies and planning standards, with the integration of tenure rights, will be applied consistently.

VGGT and land lawsReview of Selected Land Laws and the Governance of Tenure in the Philippines: Discussion Paper in the context of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Governance of Tenure (VGGT)

This paper examines Philippine policies on land and resource tenure as embodied in the 1987 Constitution and ten major laws on tenure, and then analyzes these policies in comparison to the Voluntary Guidelines, in order to identify areas of policy convergence, divergence and gaps.

VGGT and raiPrinciples of responsible agricultural investments: Philippines’ Multi-stakeholders Input to Committee on World Food Security

This discussion paper has been prepared to tackle the challenges underpinning investments in agriculture, which impact on food security and tenure rights of the poor. The paper concludes with a set of recommended principles on responsible investments, considered as part of the inputs of thePhilippine government to the ongoing CFS-initiated global consultation on rai.