On May 9, 2018, the Campaign for Land Use Policy Now! (CLUP Now!), led by the Asian NGO Coalition for Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (ANGOC), the Kaisahan Tungo sa Kaunlaran ng Kanayunan at Repormang Pansakahan (KAISAHAN), and JJCICSI organized a forum titled “The Fate of the National Land Use Act in a Federalist System.” Held at the San Alberto Hurtado Hall at the Ateneo de Manila University, the forum served as a venue for CLUP Now! to assess its advocacy agenda in the context of Charter change and federalism which the Duterte administration has been pushing for.
The first speaker, Atty. Mary Claire Demaisip of the Kaisahan Tungo sa Kaunlaran ng Kanayunan at Repormang Pansakahan (KAISAHAN), briefed the attendees on the proposed amendments to the 1987 Constitution with regard to provisions on land and natural resources, and on the proposals on federalism. (Her presentation can be accessed via this link.)
The second speaker was Atty. Marlon Manuel, Senior Adviser to the Global Legal Empowerment Network, NAMATI Innovations in Legal Empowerment. He explained the pertinent provisions under the 1987 Constitution related to land and natural resources. He also shared his thoughts on the possible implications and emerging questions of the proposed charter change and shift to federalism on the campaign of the CLUP Now! network for the passage of the National Land Use Act (NLUA). (Click this link to access his presentation.)
In a meeting that followed these presentations, CLUP Now! agreed to continue monitoring developments in the House of Representatives, which will craft its version of a Federal Constitution, and the deliberations of the consultative committee that President Duterte tasked to propose amendments to the 1987 Constitution. Once the drafts of the proposed Constitution are made public, CLUP Now! will convene a meeting to study these and to clarify the network’s stand on the issue.
Ms. Gemma Rita R. Marin of JJCICSI and Mr. Timothy Salomon of ANGOC moderated the forum, which received support from the International Land Coalition–National Engagement Strategy (ILC-NES).