Tuesday, 01 Sep 2015


The law is not for the clique but within your click.

To answer many frequently asked questions (FAQ's) on laws affecting the basic sectors, SALIGAN has established the following sites on addressing particular issues.

Just go to the websites for answers to questions you may have been asking:

For Laws on Women: http://www.karapatangbabae.weebly.com
For Laws on Workers: http://pinoyworkers.weebly.com
For Laws on the Urban Poor: http://pinoyurbanpoor.wetpaint.com

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International Conference on Mining in Mindanao, January 26 & 27, 2012 at the Ateneo de Davao University, Davao City (Abridged).

AWARE of the current state of the mining industry in the Philippines driven by corporate greed and the existing policy framework promoted by the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and inherited by President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III,

AWARE that harsh effects of mining on water systems, biodiversity, air, land and island ecosystems lead to environmental destructions and disasters aggravating the impacts of hydro-meteorological hazards and threatening agriculture and food security,

AWARE that the contributions of mining and quarrying in the Gross Domestic Product of the country, averaged over the years 2000 to 2009, is only 0.9%,



What is the FAB? The Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro is an agreement between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) at the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) that aims to end the armed conflict between government forces and the MILF.  The FAB lays down the principles for the establishment of an autonomous political entity for the Bangsamoro, as a way of recognizing their distinct history and their aspirations as a distinct people.

Why is the negotiation between the GPH and the MILF?

Even after fighting between the parties has gone on for several decades in contemporary history, it is recognized that it is the common interest of the 2 parties to find a political settlement that would resolve the root causes of the conflict.

 The negotiations between the Moros and the GPH started in 1975 between the GPH and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).  The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) negotiating with government in 1997.

What have been agreed upon by the parties in the FAB?


Camarines Sur paralegals on the rise

SALIGAN-Bikol, a consortium member of the Paralegal Education, Skills Advancement and Networking Technology (PESANTEch), in partnership with the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), trained farmers as paralegals to implement the Paralegal Development Program in the province of Camarines Sur. The main objective of the project  is  to provide access  to legal services of farming communities and in the process speed up land acquisition and distribution (LAD) for agrarian reform beneficiaries.

SALIGAN - Bikol trained 37 paralegals from thirteen municipalities[1] with high LAD balance.  The farmer-beneficiaries and BARC chairmen who were selected as paralegal were thoroughly screened and trained.   The paralegal training was conducted in March 5-8, 2012.  During the training, they were taught the principles of paralegalism and their roles in the community,  and the substantive laws relating to agrarian reform and new issuances of the DAR.  They were also equipped with different skills of a paralegal,  such as case analysis, conducting legal interviews, affidavit-writing and casebrief-making.

The second component of the project is the conduct of legal clinics and tactic sessions. SALIGAN – Bikol conducted two (2) legal clinics and tactic sessions for the province with the support of the Bureau of Agrarian Reform Information and Education (BARIE) and Field Operations Office (FOO) with DAR Region V and Camarines Sur on May 24-25, 2012 and July 26-27, 2012, respectively.

During the clinic sessions,  the paralegals shared their experiences in the community and reported their accomplishments based on their action plans. With the two-day activity, SALIGAN assisted and facilitated the paralegals in finding solutions to address community issues and how they can contribute to the resolution of problematic landholdings.  Through the legal clinics, the paralegals were able to polish their skills and deepen their understanding of the law.

The last component is the monitoring of progress of the paralegals in terms of implementing their plans and notable changes in the area, if any.  Saligan-Bikol, together  with DAR, visited ten (10) municipalities to ensure effective implementation of the project. Significantly, in the municipality of Sagnay, in cooperation with the office of Municipal Agrarian Reform Officer, two paralegals were able to facilitate the oath taking of 23 farmer-beneficiaries on June 29, 2012 in Bragais property covering an area of 33 hectares.  In Ocampo, Camarines Sur , the paralegals also facilitated the subdivision of a portion of Consolacion Mison property  and installation of 21 farmer-beneficiaries in the same property.

Through these modest efforts and gains of the project, empowering the community and mainstreaming their participation remains to be a viable mechanism in the effective implementation of agrarian reform not only in Camarines Sur but also in the whole country.

[1] Bula, Cabusao, Del Gallego, Libmanan, Lupi, Ragay, Sipocot, Calabanga, Ocampo, Pili, Sagnay, Tigaon, and Tinambac.

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