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Building Autonomous and Stable Institutions and Communities Through Socially Cohesive, Transparent, Accountable and Responsive Transition in the Bangsamoro (BASIC START in the Bangsamoro).

While the peace agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) was hailed as an unprecedented positive development that could finally end the conflict situation in Mindanao, the contents of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) and the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law had been viewed with skepticism by many.

Various issues concerning the constitutionality of the law, the propriety of the Bangsamoro form of government, the division of powers and wealth between the central government and the Bangsamoro, the territorial coverage of the region, the rights of indigenous peoples and other sectors within the Bangsamoro, and many other aspects of the proposed law have been raised in public discussions, in media, and in the congressional consultations/hearings. As early as now, while the law is still yet to be finalized, it is already certain that the constitutionality of the law will be challenged before the Supreme Court by various parties. The Comprehensive Agreement’s predecessor, the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD), which was negotiated and finalized during the administration of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, was nullified by the Supreme Court for being unconstitutional. There are fears that the Bangsamoro Basic Law may suffer the same fate as the MOA-AD.

With the objective of promoting broad-based participation and support for the establishment of the Bangsamoro, the ALG is currently undertaking an integrated policy advocacy program that will have the following components:

Policy discussion and advocacy planning; 
Policy fora; 
Policy Research; 
Preparation, production and dissemination of IEC materials;
Policy advocacy activities (meetings, discussion sessions, etc.)

The project is supported by OXFAM.

The project, Community-Based Dialogue Sessions on Human Rights Between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police, and Civil2 Society Organizations and Local Communities, was launched in 2008, at a time when the Philippines got the attention of the international community as a result of the alarming rise in unresolved cases of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances under the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.  

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the improvement of the Human Rights situation in the Philippines primarily through the enhancement of the relationship between the AFP and PNP, on one hand, and local communities and civil society organizations, on the other hand, in the common effort to promote human rights. The specific objective of the project is to help create venues for the AFP and the PNP on one hand, primarily through their respective human rights offices, and civil society organizations on the other hand, to collectively discuss the issue of human rights promotion and protection, and how cooperative efforts for on-going and future actions toward human rights promotion and protection can be maximized. 

The project partners are the following:Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHRP); Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) – through the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operations (OJ7) and the Human Rights Office (HRO); Philippine National Police (PNP) – through the Human Rights Affairs Office (HRAO); Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF); Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA); Alternative Law Groups (ALG); and the Hanns Seidel Foundation of Germany.   The ALG is the overall coordinator of the project, which is now on its seventh (7th) year.

Launched as part of the agreement between Foundation for the Philippine Environment (FPE) and the Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation (PTFCF)1 to facilitate collaboration between them and their partners in areas of mutual interest in the Philippines, and to make available resources for projects that they will co-finance, the EnDefense Program is a funding mechanism for litigation and related legal actions that seek to protect the country's environment and natural resources.  The program supports cases that have a direct link to or impact on environmental conservation and protection.   Specifically, support is given to cases that pursue legal sanctions against environmental law violators, and those that seek to question, or defend, the constitutionality or validity of laws and policy issuance that affect the rights of communities, or that have a significant impact on environmental protection.    As Administrator of the EnDefense Program, the ALG holds the funds, receives and processes proposals for funding support, disburses funds for approved proposals, and monitors project implementation and funds usage.    





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Alternative Law Groups, Inc. (ALG)
Room 216 Benigno Mayo Hall, Ateneo de Manila University,
Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Telephone Nos.: (632) 426 85 69 (Fax/Direct Line)
Trunkline No.:(632) 426 60 01 loc. 4865

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