Policy Advocacy towards an Improved Land Investments Policy in the Philippines (September 2011-March 2012)

Assessment of the 2012 PCF/SGH (October 2011- January 2012)

Post NRC-2: Assessment of Asset Reform Implementation

DAR Budget Monitoring Phase 2 (February-September 2011)

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One province each in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao were selected as pilot sites for the field monitoring. The provinces were selected, with assistance from PhilDHRRA Regional Coordinators, based on the following criteria:

  1. presence of local partner who will conduct the actual field monitoring,
  2. province with high LAD balance, and
  3. receptivity of DAR Province for monitoring.

Per the recommendation of the Regional Coordinators, theprovinces of Camarines Sur, Negros Oriental, and Zamboanga Sibugay were selected.

Vigilance to Volunteerism: Program Intensifying People's Engagement on Local Governance (V2VPIPELOG)- Component 1: CSO Mapping (November 2010- August 2011)

Vigilance to Volunteerism: Program Intensifying People's Engagement on Local Governance (V2VPIPELOG)- Component2: Strengthening the Local Special Bodies (November 2010 - August 2011)

Rapid Assessment on Participatory Local Governance (October- December 2010)

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This study aims to generate basic information from CSOs that are valuable in their efforts to promote participatory governance. In addition, other intended users of this research report are the various LGUs, policymakers, and the DILG, to raise their awareness on the status of participatory local planning in the Philippines. Specific objectives of the research are as follow:

  1. to determine the current status and functionality of the LSBs,
  2. to know the degree of compliance of LGUs in accrediting CSOs and reconstituting the LDCs,
  3. to identify the awareness and level of participation of CSOs in the LSBs, and
  4. to determine the transparency and accessibility of information within the LGU.

Systematizing Land Monitoring in the Philipines (October 2010-March 2011)

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A pilot monitoring on land reform has been conducted by PhilDHRRA, with support from the Asian NGO Coalition (ANGOC), under its project “Asian CSO Report Cards: Opportunities for Cross-country and Cross-Regional Sharing, Comparisons and Learnings”. A Country Monitoring Report was drafted, utilizing the indicators developed by ANGOC on land tenure and access to land, in particular agrarian lands. In addition, a Steering Committee was organized that served as advisory group to set the direction for land monitoring. The Country Monitoring Report was presented in a Regional Workshop held in Bangkok. As a follow on activity to the initial monitoring, this monograph will present a proposed country access to land monitoring framework and indicators to engage more CSOs to participate, with the objective of systematizing access to land monitoring and mainstreaming it within the relevant agencies. The coverage of the monitoring is expanded to include other sectors such as municipal fisherfolks and indigenous people.

CSO Land Monitoring Initiative (May - August 2010)

Mainstreaming Community-Based Disaster Risk Management

Linking Overseas Filipinos and Rural Development (October 2008- )

Filipinos' overseas migration is an important rural development issue.Overseas migration coming from rural Philippines is also an important development agenda for non-government organizations and other socio-economic stakeholders in rural Philippines to provide some interventions. It is for these reasons that two non-government groups, the Institute for Migration and Development Issues (IMDI, an individual, nonprofit) and the Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas (or PhilDHRRA, a network of rural development NGOs, foundations, and cooperatives), conducted this action research on overseas Filipinos and rural development. Using the findings of this study, both institutions will soon embark on activities that serve the overseas Filipino sector in rural Philippines as means to optimize the development potential of overseas migration.

Civil Society Assessment of the MTPDP: Agriculture (August 2009)

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The MTPDP is the government's economic and development blueprint. It sets the over-all goals of the administration and presents strategies and plans for achieving the said goals. While many quarters have noted that the MTPDP is not always followed by many government agencies and by the local government units, it cannot be denied that it stills plays an important role in defining the development strategies, programs and projects of the government.

In April 2009, various civil society organizations (CSOs) came together to start a process of assessing the performance of the Macapagal-Arroyo administration in implementingadministration in inplementing the MTPDP of 2004 to 2010. These CSOs and CSO networks, which eventually numbered twenty-seven, acted as convenors of this CSO Assessment of the 2004-2010 MTPDP.

Spearheaded by Caucus of Development NGO Networks (CODE-NGO).

Strengthening Social Accountability Mechanisms for Food Security and Agricultural Development (March 2009- )

This study is part of an initiative to strengthen social accountability mechanisms for food security and agricultural development. Specifically, the programs aims to strengthen the capacity of CSOs to monitor and analyze public expenditure processes of the International Finance Institutions (IFIs), in particular, the ADB, and the national agencies focusing on agriculture.