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Achievements of COSERAM 2011-2014

  • The Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) took up policy recommendations from COSERAM to address conflicts on land use and overlapping claims in their planning regimes. The enhanced CLUP Guidebooks of 2014 provide orientation how Local Government Units plan with Indigenous Peoples and Ancestral Domains.
  • 25 Indigenous People researches documented, under the supervision of their leaders the indigenous practices of the Manobo communities in Agusan Marsh.
  • The key stakeholders in the Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary increasingly involve Indigenous Peoples in conflict sensitive natural resource management. Spearheaded by the Province of Agusan del Sur, collaborative mechanisms among all stakeholders have been fostered.
  • The Regional Peace and Order Council has identified Peace Building and Development Needs for all provinces and crafted a Roadmap to Peace for Caraga.
  • In the Province of Surigao del Norte nine municipalities addressed the Peace Building and Development Needs in their Annual Investment Programs. Their implementation, especially in conflict affected areas, will be monitored through joint efforts of the Provincial Peace and Order Council and the Provincial Development Council.
  • Seven Volunteer Lawyers and 20 Law Students of the Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) support the strengthening of barangay-based institutions to address conflicts on land and natural resources. FSUU is promoting this approach Caraga-wide and on policy changes at the national level.
  • 12 pilot barangays in conflict affected areas ensure proper monitoring of the local mediation board’s (Katarungang Pambarangay) legal and paralegal aid services.
  • 17 formal and informal agreements between conflicting parties have been reached for a conflict sensitive management of natural resources. The agreements cover around 330,000 hectares. In particular, poor farmer and fisher folks as well as indigenous communities benefit from these agreements, e.g. through inclusion in management decisions and heightened focus on the rights of Indigenous Peoples to their ancestral domain.

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  • In 23 conflict affected barangays with 11 indigenous communities 25 Quick Impact Measures (such as provision of portable water system, school building, health centre, farm production, small farm to market road among others) improved the livelihoods of the communities. The measures were mainly implemented by local and national government agencies. It increased the communities’ trust in government services significantly. 
  • Five authorities (National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Interior  and Local Government (DILG), HLURB, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), NCIP) promote and six authorities develop (four Provinces, NEDA, DENR) gender-responsive and conflict sensitive land use and development plans.
  • 24 municipalities, 31 barangays and two Ancestral Domains developed gender-responsive and conflict sensitive land use and development plans.
  • 12 municipalities/Ancestral Domains, 24 barangays already implement their plans and 11 are in progress. Altogether, over the past four years, COSERAM partners developed more than 10 innovations and concrete suggestions (e.g. policy amendments/process changes / methods / tools) to enhance existing core processes and mechanisms of the Philippines in order to peacefully address violent conflicts.

@ GIZ / Mia Simpao


@ GIZ / Benjamin Beltran

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