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Philippine Green Party Constitution (2016)

GREENS PH – PARTIDO KALIKASAN

CONSTITUTION and BY-LAWS


PREAMBLE

We, with the aid of the Creator, come together in the spirit of solidarity and good faith as citizens of the Philippines and as stewards of Mother Earth, under the banner of a political party; who commit to the noble mission of engaging in a political process that mobilizes citizens towards good governance and sustainable development; and who hereby swear to pursue this task with courage, fervor and determination through peaceful means, resisting all ideologies that run counter to peaceful resolution; do ordain and promulgate this Constitution and By-Laws.


Article I

NAME OF THE PARTY

Section 1. The Party shall be called GREENS PH – PARTIDO KALIKASAN (Philippine Green Party) hereinafter referred to as GREENS PH, or “the Party”.


Article II

STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES AND POLICIES

Section 1. The Party adheres to the following guiding principles for the re-engineering and transformation of the political, economic and socio-cultural systems of the Philippine Society.

  1. Ecological Integrity

We believe that development must always be in harmony with nature and should respect the integrity of creation. In our relationship with nature, we reject the concept of conquest and domination and advancing instead the concept of living as integral part of, and in harmony with it. We will organize and build the capacity of communities to defend the world of nature from further abuse and restore the richness and diversity of life in our mountains, forest, rivers, lakes, seas, farms and other ecosystems.

  1. Social Justice

We will promote equity in the enjoyment of the natural resources, vowing to help the poorer segment of our society first as a “bubble up” approach to providing direct benefits. We shall continue the heritage of struggle against all forms of exploitation, oppression and corruption, uniting with the oppressed and the exploited in their struggles, and paying special attention to the interest of the basic sectors. We must quickly narrow the gap between the rich and the poor and break up the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few.

  1. National Solidarity and Active Non-Violence

As we contribute in the unfinished tasked of nation building (pagbubuo ng sambayanan), we will promote national solidarity through respect for the diversity of cultures and the practice of Active Non-Violence (ANV), we will work to transform conflicts and resolve them through peaceful dialogue, negotiations and democratic decision-making. We will work with other social movements, including other green movements at the national and international levels towards this end.

  1. Participatory Democracy

As caretakers of the earth, we will uphold environmental protection & sustainability as a key political agenda and strengthen various forms of basic democratic communities wherein citizens participate directly and regularly in Regional development and subsidiarity, active engagement in barangay (village), municipal/city and provincial governance, and eminence of indigenous peoples over ancestral domain. As a result, we will build a government that is fully accountable to the public for its decisions & actions.

  1. Personal Integrity

We will exert effort to continue learning and living an ecological life style; consciously shifting in human values from competition and monopolistic control to cooperation and sharing, and advocating a simple but spiritually-rich style or living against materialist acquisitiveness and wasteful patterns of production and consumption.

Section 2. The Party respects the free exercise of faith in the Creator in consonance with the tenets of religious freedom.

Section 3. The Party believes that we have to replace the cultural ethics of dominance and control with more responsible relationships across the lines of gender and species.

Section 4. The Party promotes the practice of thinking and acting for the long range future, rather than in terms of short range selfish interest and unbridled economic growth.

Section 5. The Party, underscoring the right to self-determination, affirms the development economic activities and institutions that will allow people to use technologies that are humane, ecological, accountable and responsive to communities.

Section 6. The Party promotes the preservation, conservation and rehabilitation of the nation’s pristine and degraded natural ecosystems. The Party shall uphold measures to defend these areas from policies that threaten ecological integrity.

Section 7. The Party shall foster maximum participation of people from all levels in Philippine society for the attainment of sustainable development in the context of genuine social justice.


Article III

OBJECTIVES

Section 1. The general objectives of the Party are:

  1. To act in synergy to advance party ideals through peaceful political means.

  1. To uphold the environmental issues as the key political agenda among decision makers in government and other sectors of society.

  1. To create a constituency of people from all sectors that respects all life forms in nature.

  1. To foster ecological standards of personal behavior for all for the protection of the environment.

  1. To promote piety as a way of life of the families and develop the youth as future stewards and leaders.

Section 2. The specific political objectives of the Party are:

  1. To support candidates in the local and national levels with sound environmental platforms and good environmental governance performance.

  1. To formulate and lobby for the enactment of laws that would conserve, rehabilitate and protect our environment and enhance our life support systems and cultural integrity towards sustainable development.

  1. To advocate against unfair business and industrial practices by multi-national corporations which have a direct and deep impact on the state of the environment and demand for exact corporate accountability and responsibility.

  1. To push adequate funding for effective implementation and strict enforcement of the existing laws on the environment.

  1. To work with other green movements at all levels, local, national and international.


Article IV

PARTY MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. Membership in the Party is a privilege and a responsibility.

Section. 2. Regular Membership. Any applicant for Party membership shall be eligible as a Regular Member if he/she is:

  1. a citizen of the Philippines;

  2. 18 years old and above;

  3. who declares commitment to Party principles and agenda; and

  4. willing to submit to Party discipline.

Section. 3. Associate Membership. Any applicant for a Party membership shall be eligible as an Associate Member if he/she is:

  1. a citizen of the Philippines;

  2. Below 18 years old. Those below 18 will also be referred to the YOUNG GREENS PH, the youth wing of the party;

  3. With existing membership in another political party;

  4. Those whose application has been screened by the membership committee but for whatever justifiable reasons cannot be bestowed full membership at this point;

  5. Who declares commitment to Party principles and agenda; and Willing to submit to Party discipline.

Section 4. All membership should be processed upon application. There shall be no automatic membership and everyone must apply and be subject to screening by the membership committee using guidelines and standards approved by the general membership of the party.

Section 5. Only regular individual members have the right to vote on all matters about the party and be voted upon in elective position in the party. Associate members have no right to vote on all matters within the Party.

Section 6. Only regular individual members may be selected by the party to run in electoral exercises carrying the party; Associate members cannot be selected by the Party to run in any electoral exercises; but can become members of certain committees.

Section 7. Regular Individual Membership should not hold any dual membership with another party.Those who hold membership in other parties’ may be considered as associate members only.

Section 8. Any application for membership must be acted upon in writing within fifteen (15) calendar days from the date of filing.

Section 9. No applicant shall be accepted for Party Membership if he is convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude.

Section 10. Membership in the Party shall be terminated by resignation, expulsion, disaffiliation and temporary suspension with cause and due process.

Section 11. The National Directorate shall prescribe the amount of membership fee and monthly dues.


Article V

RIGHTS AND DUTIES

Section 1. A Party Member in good standing shall have the following rights:

  1. Regularly and actively participate in official activities and functions of the Party;

  2. Be fully informed on official Party matters;

  3. Access to services, facilities, and other Party resources;

  4. A membership identification card and certificate, and such other documents which attest to bona fide Party membership;

  5. Vote and be voted for in appropriate Party organizations and positions subject to limitations set in relevant provisions of Article IV; and

  6. Initiate or petition the imposition of disciplinary measures on erring party officers and members.

Section 2. The National Directorate shall formulate and issue the implementing policy, administrative and operational guidelines and procedures for the exercise of these rights.

Section 3. A Party member in good standing shall:

  1. Conduct himself/ herself, at all time, in accordance with ethical standards of personal behavior in government, business, the professions, livelihood activities, and community service;

  2. Pay his/her membership fees, monthly dues, and other special assessments as may be prescribed by the National Directorate;

  3. Actively promote Party ideals and programs;

  4. Regularly attend official Party activities and functions;

  5. Actively support and campaign for the official candidates of Party; and

  6. Abide by the final decisions of the Party.


Article VI

PARTY DISCIPLINE

Section 1. A party member may be disciplined, suspended, or removed from the Party on the following grounds:

  1. Engaging in activities that run counter to the objectives and interests of the Party or of deliberate failure to support any of its fundamental decisions;

  2. Abandonment of duties and responsibilities as a Party member for a prolonged period of time;

  3. Taking a stand contrary to the declared policies of the Party in public gatherings, in radio and TV and in print media and the internet

  4. Embezzling assets belonging to the Party

  5. Maliciously sowing intrigues against members and officials of the Party;

  6. Membership in another political party; either act or deed except in the case of Associate members

  7. Engaging in environmentally destructive business activities and performance of governance functions and roles.

Section 2. A Party member who is subject to disciplinary proceedings shall enjoy the right of due process.

Section 3. The National Directorate shall formulate the implementing guidelines for imposing Party Discipline. The appropriate Directorates (stating with the Cells/Caucus Directorates) may motu propio or acting upon a complaint executed by any Party member, investigate and decide on the case whose decision may be appealed to the higher Directorates until the National Directorate whose decision will be final.

Section 4. A party member may be suspended for a period not exceeding one (1) year.


Article VII

LOCAL PARTY ORGANIZATION

Section 1. The basic policy-making and governing body of the Party shall be the Regional Assembly. The identification of territories covered by the regions shall be determined by the General Assembly of the Party.

Section 2. The Regional Assemblies are subject to the supervision, control and direction of the National Assembly, the National Directorate and the National Executive Committee.

Section 3. The functions of the Regional Assembly shall be as follows:

  1. Formulate and execute programs and measures that would promote increased consciousness and actions of the citizens in this bioregion towards the Party’s guiding principles and policies;

  1. Develop and implement a Regional Platform of Governance and initiate politically pro-active activities that will link these Regional issues and actions to national & international policies and programs;

  1. Screen and nominate to the National Executive Committee, prospective Party candidates who are local environmental champions, subject to the criteria, rules and regulations prescribed by the National Directorate and may be based on the recommendation/s of the respective Membership and Organization Committee of each Regional Assembly.

Section 4. The Regional Assembly shall be convened annually at a regular date set by the members of assembly and duly communicated to the National Directorate.

Section 5. The members of the Regional Assembly shall elect from among themselves the Regional Directorate to act as implementing body of the decisions of the Assembly. This Directorate shall be composed of a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary-General, Treasurer, and five (5) Committee Coordinators, as enumerated in the succeeding sections.

Section 6. The Chairperson shall be the presiding officer of the Regional Assembly and Regional Directorate.

Section 7 The Vice Chairperson shall succeed as Chairperson for the unexpired portion of the term in case of vacancy therein. He/She shall also act as the presiding officer in meetings in the absence of the Chairperson.

Section 8. The Secretary-General shall be responsible for taking the minutes of the meetings of the Assembly and the Directorate and shall be the custodian of all its records.

Section 9. The Treasurer shall be the custodian of the funds and other properties of the Regional Assembly.

Section 10. The Coordinators of the Regional Assembly Committees shall be responsible for the planning, organizing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating projects, as follows:

  1. Membership and Organization Committee: In charge of the processing of membership applications; information dissemination to members to keep them updated on national and local activities; and active creation of materials that promote the Party’s ideological perspective.

  1. Advocacy Committee: Conceptualizes and executes effective strategies and specific plans of action to push the political agenda of the Party and counteract local development aggression.

  1. Finance and Economic Affairs Committee: Responsible for initiating local fund raising and resource mobilization, subject to accounting rules and regulations.

  1. Leadership and Development Committee: Responsible for providing orientation and training of members to become future trainers and/or leaders in government. This includes the creation of training modules and materials necessary for the purpose.

  1. Governance Committee. Shall provide technical and capacity building support to Party members who have been elected or appointed in local government positions to ensure that he/she shall perform his/her government function under the highest standard set-forth in our guiding principles and policies as well as our platform of governance. During elections, this committee shall take lead in any and all electoral campaigning support of GREENS PH candidates. They shall provide support to the work of the Party Primary Elections system in nominating and electing Party candidates to national and local elections.

Section 11. Through the Governance Committee may set-up “parallel government” mechanisms to the existing local government units (LGUs) where the Party operates in order to engage these LGUs. The rules and strategies of engagement of the committee shall be subject to the approval of the Regional Directorate who shall in turn keep the Regional Assembly updated regularly.

Section 12. The Regional Assemblies may add in the roster of officers listed herein, create other positions suited to local demand or as the need requires.

Section 13. The Regional Directorate shall also perform the following functions:

  1. Screen, process, approve or reject applicants for membership in accordance with procedures prescribed by the National Directorate or the National & Regional Membership Committees;

  1. Exercise disciplinary functions on erring members in accordance with Article VI of this Constitution and By-Laws.

Section 14. The Basic Party Operating Units shall be the Baranggay Chapters to be organized along relevant eco-governance coverage to be able to effectively manage the sustainable development of communities within specific ecosystems (e.g. watersheds, river basins, bays and lakes, etc).

  1. The Regional Assembly shall formalize the creation and coverage of such Baranggay Chapters.

  1. The National and Regional Directorates shall formulate Chapter Building Policies and Procedures to guide the development of the Chapters.

  1. A certified Baranggay Chapter of the Party is considered autonomous, meaning it can conduct its own affairs independent from the higher bodies of the Party, provided it observes all its duties and responsibilities and all provisions of this Constitution and By-Laws.

  1. Baranggay Chapters are required to convene Monthly Assemblies of Party members in a regular schedule and venue that is publicly announced. All Chapter Party meetings are open to the scrutiny of the public except for close-door sessions when so requested by the membership of officers of the chapter.

  1. All Baranggay Chapters shall be governed by a Chapter Directorate and shall be headed by a Party Coordinator elected from among the members of the Chapter and duly recognize by the Regional Directorate. Other Chapter Directorate members to be elected are a Secretary and a Treasurer. The Chapter Assembly shall define and elect additional officers as needed. They shall also formulate policies and guidelines covering the roles and responsibilities of Chapter Officers consistent with this Constitution and By-Laws.

  1. Baranggay Chapters shall constitute at least 15 members. At the organizing stage of the Chapter, 3 core group members can initiate Chapter building.

  1. Baranggay Chapters are convened monthly.

  1. Baranggay Chapters may organize Cells and Caucus as smaller operational units within their jurisdiction

  1. Cells are composed of at least 5 members residing in the same community of residence while Caucuses are composed of at least 5 members who are part of the same school, work places or organizations.

  1. Each Caucus or Cell must not have greater than a 100 members and should be convened at least once every month.

  1. The Caucus or Cell shall be governed by 3 to 5 core members acting as Co-Convenors.


Article VIII

NATIONAL PARTY ORGANIZATION

Section 1. The highest governing body of the Party is the National Assembly.

Section 2. The National Chairperson and the National Directorate shall convene the National Assembly at least once every three (3) years, six (6) months before every synchronize national and local elections in the Philippines.

Section 3. All members of the Party are entitled to receive notification and to participate in the National Assembly.

Section 4. While all full members may attend and participate in the National Assembly, only the official delegates from each of the Regional Assemblies and members of the National Directorate will have voting rights. For every 50 regular members, the Regional Assembly can designate one (1) delegate to the National Assembly who shall have one (1) vote. Each of the elected National Directorate members will also enjoy one (1) vote.

Section 5. The Regional Directorates are required to consult all their respective members on all positions to be taken by their delegation during the National Assembly.

Section 6. The Regional Directorates shall be fully liable to their members on all positions and decisions that their delegation will take during the National Assembly.

Section 7. All Regional Assemblies are required to send official delegations to the National Assembly. Non-representation of the any Regional Assembly in two (2) succeeding National Assembly will automatically dissolve said Regional Assembly.

Section 8. A simple majority of all Regional Assembly Delegation and all members of the National Directorate, taken together, is sufficient and necessary to declare a quorum.

Section 9. After a quorum is declared, the total number of Regional Assembly Delegation and members of the National Directorate registered will be used for subsequent computations of majority. The National Assembly needs a simple majority of those registered to make decisions.

Section 10. If no quorum is reached, the National Assembly may not elect a new National Directorate. However, it may still propose decisions if a simple majority of the Regional Assembly Delegates and member of the incumbent National Directorate registered for the National Assembly vote in favor of the proposals.

  1. The proposals must then be submitted in a written referendum to all Regional Assembly through the Regional Directorates, who will vote on each proposal through a meeting called for the purpose.

  1. Approval by a simple majority of all Regional Assembly will ratify a proposed decision as if it had been approved in a National Assembly.

Section 11. The National Directorate shall submit the following written reports to the National Assembly Copies of these reports should be made available to all members at least thirty (30) days before the National Assembly:

  1. A detailed Party organizational report;

  2. A report on the national situation;

  3. A consolidated financial report of the Party; and

  4. A three-year Party Program of Action considering all Regional Party Operational and Strategic Plans.

Section 12. The regular agenda of every National Assembly shall include:

  1. Presentation and adoption of the Executive Reports from the National Directorate;

  2. Presentation and adoption of a 6-year Mid-Term Strategic Plan and 3-Year Operational Plan of the Party;

  3. Presentation and adoption of the Party’s “State of the Philippine Society and Environment”;

  4. Election of the National Directorate; and

  5. Completion of the Party Primary Elections and the public declaration of the National and Local Green Candidate Slate of the Party for the next Philippine National and Local Elections.


Article IX

NATIONAL DIRECTORATE

Section 1. In between National Assembly, the highest governing body of Partido Kalikasan is the National Directorate. It is also the lead implementing body of all National Assembly decisions.

Section 2. The Directorate shall be composed of the following:

  1. National Chairperson;

  2. External Vice Chairperson;

  3. Internal Vice Chairperson;

  4. National Secretary-General;

  5. National Treasurer;

  6. National Spokesperson;

  7. Chairpersons of all Regional Assemblies;

  8. Representative from each municipal or city who attended the Second National Convention of the Party; and

  9. Representative from each sector (Women, Youth, Indigenous People, and LGBT) who attended the Second National Convention of the Party.

Section 3. The roles and responsibilities of the members the National Directorate shall be as follows:

  1. The Chairperson shall be the presiding officer of the National Assembly and National Directorate. He/She shall be the National Leader of the Party and shall represent it in any national and international bodies and gatherings that require our participation including the Regional and Global networks of the Greens;

  1. The External Vice Chairperson, or in his/her default, the Internal Vice Chairperson, shall succeed as Chairperson for the unexpired portion of the term in case of vacancy therein. He/She shall also preside in meetings in case the Chairperson is absent.

  1. The Secretary-General shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Party and shall take charge of the operations of the National Directorate and the National Secretariat. He/She shall also take the minutes of the all the meetings of the Assembly and the Directorate and shall be the custodian of all its records.

  1. The Treasurer shall be the custodian of the funds and other properties of the Party and co-signatory of the Chairperson or the Sec-Gen relative to the disbursement of funds.

  1. The National Spokesperson shall be the public voice of the Party on all matters regarding our campaigns and activities. He/She will take charge of our relationship with media.

  1. The Chairpersons of the Regional Assemblies shall represent the interest of their assembly to the National Directorate.

Section 4. The National Chairperson, Secretary-General, Treasurer and Spokesperson shall be elected during the National Assembly. The Chairpersons of the Regional Assemblies are elected by their respective membership.

Section 5. The National Directorate shall serve for a term of three (3) years.

Section 6. No member shall hold more than one (1) elective party position.

Section 7. The National Directorate shall also include in ex-oficio capacity the representative of the YOUNG GREENS PH, the youth wing of the Party.

Section 8. The National Directorate shall be convened every quarter.


Article X

NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Section 1. The day-to-day functions of the National Directorate is hereby delegated to a National Executive Committee (NEC).

Section 2. It shall be composed of the: a) National Chairperson, b) National Secretary General, and c) National Treasurer.

Section 3. The National Executive Committee shall be convened every month or more frequently if necessary.


Article XI

NATIONAL COMMITTEES

Section 1. To support and reinforce the work of the National Directorate, five (5) National Committees are hereby created as operating or functioning units as well as policy-recommending body:

  1. Membership and Organization Committee: In charge of reviewing membership-related and coalition-building programs and policies. They also support Regional Membership and Organization Committees in the creation of propaganda materials that promote the Party’s ideology. The committee shall also be responsible for facilitating expansion of the Party in new Regions.

  1. Advocacy Committee: Conceptualization and execution of effective meta-legal and legal strategies at the national and international levels to push the political agenda of the Party and counteract national and international development aggression.

  1. Finance and Economic Affairs Committee: In charge of creative, national and international fund raising and business enterprise.

  1. Leadership and Development Committee: Responsible for providing orientation and training of members to become future trainers and/or leaders in government. This includes the creation of training modules and materials necessary for the purpose.

  1. Governance Committee: Shall provide technical and capacity building support to Party members who have been elected or appointed in national government positions to ensure that he/she shall perform his/her government function under the highest standard set-forth in our guiding principles and policies as well as our platform of governance. During elections, this committee shall take lead in any and all electoral campaigning support of PK candidates and shall provide support to the work of the Party Primary Elections system in nominating and electing Party candidates to national elections.


Article XII

GREEN GOVERNANCE OF THE PHILIPPINES

Section 1. To support the policy research and capacity building on governance of the Party and our leaders, including those who will be appointed and elected in government positions, the Partido Kalikasan Institute shall be set-up.

Section 2. The Institute shall be composed of Party leaders given their individual proficiency and expertise to provide the above services to the Party.

Section 3. The administrative and financial management of the Institute shall remain independent of the Party but shall be reported as part of the Executive Report of the National Directorate to the National Assembly.

Section 4. The strategic and operations plans of the Institute shall take into consideration the similar plans of the Party in order to ensure that the Institute operations directly benefit the needs of the Party.


Article XIII

YOUNG GREENS PH

Section 1. To ensure that the youth; which already comprises majority of Philippine society, is properly represented in the Party, YOUNG GREENS PH, is hereby adopted as the official youth-wing of the Party.

Section 2 While remaining organizationally and administratively autonomous from the Party, YOUNG GREENS PH shall abide fully to the unifying principles and policies as well as the platform of governance of the Party and this Constitution and By-Laws.

Section 3. YOUNG GREENS PH shall be represented in the National Directorate of the Party subject to article IV of this Constitution and By-Laws.

Section 4. Each Party Baranggay Chapter shall host and support the setting up of YOUNG GREENS PH local chapters nationwide.

Section 5. The Regional Assembly shall ensure that at least 20% of their official delegates to every National Assembly shall be youth between 18 to 25 years old.


Article XIV

THE NATIONAL SECRETARIAT

Section 1 The National Secretariat, under the control of the Secretary-General-General shall be the central coordinative, administrative, and operations support body of the Party. It shall perform other specific functions, as may be prescribed by the National Assembly, National Directorate and the National Executive Committee.

Section 2. The National Secretariat shall set-up and manage sixteen (16) regional coordinating centers in locations deemed most appropriate and accessible by members and officers thereof. A National Secretariat Coordinating Center will be set up in Metro Manila. The National Secretary-General shall take charge of the professional staffing of the National Secretariat subject to the administrative policies to be adopted by the National Executive Committee.


Article XV

PARTY PRIMARY ELECTION SYSTEM

Section 1. A year before National and Local Elections in the Philippines, the Party shall executive its Party Primary Election System through the Governance Committees of the Regional Assemblies and the National Assembly.

Section 2. This system shall integrate within the regular operations of the Party a 6-month series of selection, nomination and eventually internal primary elections among Party members across all Regional Assemblies to select the best Party members to be our official candidates in Philippine local and national elections.

Section 3. This system shall be open to the participation and scrutiny of the public and shall accept 20% of the final votes considered from non Party members who will join the primary elections.

Section 4. The final primary elections at the Regional levels shall be done during the last Regional Assembly prior to the National Assembly to be held 6-months before any National and Local Elections in the Philippines. The National Party Primary Elections shall be held during that same National Assembly.


Article XVI

GENERAL PROVISIONS

Section 1. For purpose of transacting business, the presence of ¼ of all members of any party organ shall constitute a quorum.

Section 2. Vacancies in the Party organs shall be filled by the corresponding committee of Party organ unless otherwise provided in this Constitution.

Section 3. The National Directorate shall adopt the appropriate implementing policies, rules, regulations and procedures to carry out the provision of this Constitution and By-Laws.

Section 4. All decisions of the governing bodies of the Party must be put in writing and circulated to all members.

Section 5. Within each Party organ, decisions shall be arrived at by consensus. If consensus is not possible and a decision is necessary, majority rule will be followed, after sufficient discussions. The minority should respect the majority decision and abide by it. On important issues, the minority will be allowed to reserve its opinion but they should not oppose the decision publicly. The next higher Party organ must be notified of all major decisions.

Section 6. All dissenting opinions shall be respected and noted down, as long as they are consistent with our vision. This is important because better ideas often start as minority opinions. On major and recurring internal debates within the Party, the majority can allow the minority view to be tried out in a limited area, to clarify the issues and facilitate the resolution of the debate based on actual experience.


Article XVII

AMENDMENTS OR REVISIONS

Section 1. Except for Articles I and II, this Constitution & By-Laws may be amended by the National Assembly if two-thirds (2/3) or more of all Regional Assembly delegates and members of the incumbent National Directorate vote in favor of the amendment, or if two-thirds or more of the general membership approve the proposed amendment in a referendum called by the National Directorate.

Section 2. Amendments to Article I and II. The official name of the Party as well as our Unifying Principles and Policies may be amended if three-fourths (3/4) or more of the Regional Assembly delegates and members of the incumbent National Directorate who registered in the National Assembly vote in favor of the amendment, or if three-fourths (3/4) or more of the general membership approve the proposed amendment in a referendum called by the National Directorate.


Article XVIII

EFFECTIVITY

Section 1. The foregoing Constitution and By-laws shall take effect upon the adoption of the delegates of the 2nd National Assembly.


Unanimously approved and adopted by the delegates of the 2nd National Assembly of Greens PH – Partido Kalikasan, this 17th day of January 2016 in Baguio City, Philippines.

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