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2015 Sectoral Representatives Council Meeting

Greater people's participation in planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation of poverty reduction and development programs of the government is among the cross-sectoral agenda agreed upon by the new set of Sectoral Representatives Council of NAPC in its first meeting on June 29-30, 2015 held at San Juan, Pampanga.

Iligan City-Wide Stakeholders Consultative Assembly

Great start of enabling people's participation in local governance. While so many issues raised, great ideas also came out. Some kind of defensive but became more of an open space for people who have been wanting to be heard and officials and employees to respond. Thanks to the good facilitation of former mayor Atty. Franklin M. Quijano with his team and for Acting Mayor Rudy Marzo for initiating such great activity. The 11-hour activity was so full of ideas, emotion, wisdom and hopes. It was repeated again and again that it could not be done in 6 months and I think everybody present knows that most issues raised are results of years of governance problem and lack of cooperation among stakeholders.

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Open Government Partnership (OGP) Regional Meeting

ECOWEB Executive Director Regina Antequisa, the current NAPC provincial focal person for BUB in Lanao del Norte, participated in the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Regional Meeting facilitated by INCITEGov held in LimketKai Luxe Hotel, Cagayan de Oro, last June 3, 2015. This meeting was participated by CSO representatives from regions 9, 10 and 13.The OGP is an international platform for domestic reformers committed to making their governments more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens.Philippines is one of the member-country to the OGP. And, as part of their inclusive and participatory governance, the Civil Society Organization has given a good platform to engage contained in the CSO-led Philippine National Action Plan.

Law is not enough, needs strong leadership and cohesion of community

"Strong tribal and community leadership is the key for the implementation of laws such as of the Indigenous People's Rights Act (IPRA) and other natural resources conservation and management laws," says Datu Mampinuhan of the Dulangan ancestral domain in Opol, Misamis Oriental during the Lessons Learned Workshop of EcoWEB with partners. This was the reaction of Datu Mampinuhan to the narration by Bae Maalingasa of her experience of marginalization in their own tribal community saying,   "We are called land grabbers in our own ancestral domain by the settlers because some of our tribal leaders could just be bribed and not strong enough to stand for our rights. The written certification from the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) about our rightful claim of our ancestral domain that we posted was stoned by the settlers." Bae Maalingasa comes from one of the 7 tribal communities that belong to Dulangan ancestral domain covering more than 20,000 hectares located in Misamis  Oriental.

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