The Sociological Underpinning’s of the Greens Perspective in the Philippine Political System: Partido Kalikasan (Laguna) Grassroots Centered Advocacy on Village Ecological Governance | Asia Pacific Greens

The Sociological Underpinning’s of the Greens Perspective in the Philippine Political System: Partido Kalikasan (Laguna) Grassroots Centered Advocacy on Village Ecological Governance

March 2014  (download the full article)

The Sociological Underpinning’s of Greens Perspective in the Philippine Political System: Partido Kalikasan (Laguna) Grassroots Centered Advocacy on Village Ecological Governance written and compiled by Mr. Elias C. Labro, Jr. Partido Kalikasan/Greens PH National Chairman is a timely and relevant manuscript not only for the leaders and volunteer staff of KABALANGAY/Greens Village, Inc. and for the Laguna Provincial Directorate but for those individuals who adhere for an alternative political system in the country.

The manuscript is the summary of our experiences, vision of governance and our strategy in building a Greens Party – at the very door step of the countries electorate, the Baranggay (Village). This is the summary of our one (1) year of serious operation at the province since we formalize our commitment last June 6, 2013; from a simple study group into a full blown party in Laguna.

This will serve as our inspiration and will serve as our compentdium of knowledge that will bring us to the path that we are striving with – Green Governance.

Mabuhay ang Partido Kalikasan/Greens PH! Mabuhay ang Kaisahan sa Kaunlarang Pambaranggay (KABALANGAY/Greens Village), Inc.!

EDISON Y. JARAMILLO (MR), Chairman, KABALANGAY/Greens Village

RAMON S. MAGUNDAYAO (MR), Island Vice Chairman – Luzon Partido Kalikasan/Greens PH

MARCELINO E. AQUINO (MR), Chairman, PK – Laguna

 

CONTENTS

Foreword

Preface

Acknowledgement

Executive Summary

I. Introduction

II. Part I : Partido Kalikasan Formative Stage

a) From Grassroots to Government: An analysis on PK formative years

b) Eco-Pol Situation of the region/country

c) Climate Justice and Human Rights

d) Gender Equality and Sensitivity

III. Part II: PK Laguna Basic Concept and Practices

a) Internal Paper (in interview form) for Dr. Stewart Jackson

b) Training Organizing Program: Party Builders

c) VEGDF

d) KABALANGAY

e) KSP Evaluation

f) 2014 APGF Political Statement

IV. Part III : Related Foreign and Local Literature

a) Village Eco-Governance: Dr. Stewart Jackson

b) Assessment on the Impact of RA 7160: Baranggay Governance

V. Synopsis

VI. References

VII. About the Partido Kalikasan/Greens PH – Laguna Provincial Directorate

 

Preface

The Sociological Underpinning’s of Greens Perspective in the Philippine Political System: Partido Kalikasan (Laguna) Grassroots Centered Advocacy on Village Ecological Governance is about dreams and aspirations for the undying commitment to a better place to live for. The present political environment does not address the institutional requirements that may contribute for the resolution of the situations that being felt by the majority of the population. The capitalist greed which exist since time immemorial and the current holders of power among the rich nations around the globe change the basic premise of the natural calamities affecting people in general.

Partido Kalikasan (Pk/Greens PH) defines its strategy base on the present political structures of the society which narrates its significance on the effective access to the members of the community, controlled population and focus on the delivery of the intended output. Village or Baranggay provides those element that been identify for advancing the party’s green advocacy – on Climate Change mitigation; the state provides the institutional requirements by the virtue of a special law under the Local Government Code of 1991 or RA 7160 to strengthen the local communities participation on local governance, specifically the Baranggay (Village) Governance. The author further believes that to quantify the effectiveness of the our social change agenda, particularly on the level of understanding and acceptability of the grassroots people on the effect of the Climate Change in the society – every single social actors must gives attention on empowering the community at the Baranggay (Village) level.

This manuscript is the summary of different literatures and concept paper, developed along the line of “pilot projects”. The basic premise is to review the necessities of building a Greens Party that will challenge the inept system in the country in general. It is also contextualize in the country’s socio-political settings, the social movement’s practices and experiences and the challenges that Greens ideology in the region – in the context of Climate Justice and Human Rights!

The Sociological Underpinning’s of Greens Perspective in the Philippine Political System: Partido Kalikasan (Laguna) Grassroots Centered Advocacy on Village Ecological Governance will balance the synthesis presented in the study of Serhat Unaldi, titled “From Grassroots to Government” which share the process undertaken by the Partido Kalikasan (Greens PH) during its formative years, the review on the strategy that were implied in the “Training Organizing Program: Party Builders Formation” as the basic steps in understanding the thematic of the party building’s ingenuity as against to the much popularize social movements approach; the manuscript is also the summary of the practices that strengthened the thesis presented by the Laguna Provincial Directorate in building the party at the Grassroots level. The Village Ecological Governance Development Framework (VEGDF) which is the application of the Village level organizing that will also serves as the party’s community base socio-political model; the process undertaken by the KABALANGAY Savings Project (KSP) as an entry point for community mobilization.

One among the many influences that motivate the author to prepare for this manuscript is the results of the recent Village (Baranggay) election in the country last October 2013 – which proves that the party is more than ready to participate in the election, as an exercise and to continue to adhere for electoral participation in general. It includes the synthesis prepared by Dr. Stewart Jackson, College of Governance, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia on the practices we implied during his visit research in Laguna’s pilot community.

The manuscript in capsule presents necessity to address the environmental issues that have a direct economic and sociological effect on every single person’s economic and well being that will also serves as its primary context in educating the common masses about the Climate Change – the application of the Village Disaster Risk and Reduction Management (V/DRRM) framework. The recent typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) gives the much needed dosage for the community, the government officials and to the other major players on Climate Change mitigation to squarely address the sociopolitical imbalance of the country.

The importance of the manuscript will help the party to reconstruct its strategy that considers the sociological underpinnings, the historical and cultural aspects that influence the people’s lives and the social movement in the country – given of its geographical settings.

The manuscript is also an affirmation of the significance of the Asia Pacific Greens Federation (APGF) in the universality of the economic pattern introduces by the rich neighbors and its capitalist cohorts.

The Sociological Underpinning’s of Greens Perspective in the Philippine Political System: Partido Kalikasan (Laguna) Grassroots Centered Advocacy on Village Ecological Governance is the contribution of the volunteer-staff and leaders of the Provincial Directorate of Laguna to enhance the strategy, methods and philosophies in building a Greener world. Significant documents and concepts paper prepared by the author embodies the product of sensible analysis and the congruent ideas that one way or another, contributes for the strengthening of an alternative political party in the country.

a.Internal Paper (Interview format) for Dr. Stewart Jackson, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia: portion of the research conducted by Dr. Stewart Jackson last March 13-17, 2014 focusing on the challenges and opportunities in building a Greens Party in the country.

b.Training-Organizing Program: Party Building Strategy: an applied Community Organizing-Ecological Based (CO/E) Training Program for Party Builders and developing the cadre of CO’s for the party.

c.Village Ecological Governance Development Framework (VEGDF): grassroot base community model.

d.KABALANGAY/Greens Village: Local Party Institute: local institutional mechanism for decentralization of party operation.

e.KABALANGAY Savings Program (KSP) Evaluation Report: Party Organizing Entry Point: entry point in integrating enterprise development in party organizing.

f.Gender Balance and Sensitivity: conscious integration of gender equality as one among the many agenda of the party; its role and significance to the party building.

g.Draft APGF Political Statement: insights for the Asia Pacific Greens Federation (APGF) operation in the region; its significance to the Partido Kalikasan/Greens PH.

The concept papers and practices as indicated in the Part II of this manuscript are compiled with their original texts.

The Sociological Underpinning’s of Greens Perspective in the Philippine Political System: Partido Kalikasan (Laguna) Grassroots Centered Advocacy on Village Ecological Governance is an internal paper of the Partido Kalikasan/Greens PH – Laguna Provincial Directorate respecting other views on social change and practices by other groups and parties. We expect reciprocal consideration on PK/Greens PH views of the society and the strategy being applied with the same passion – on social change.

Elias C. Labro, Jr.

 

Acknowledgement

The Sociological Underpinning of Greens Perspective in the Philippine: Partido Kalikasan (Laguna) Grassroots Centered Advocacy on Village Ecological Governance is the summary of the Partido Kalikasan/ Greens PH – Laguna Provincial Directorate initiative. It all started as study group composed of Marcelino E. Aquino aka Ka. Minoy and his wife, Norita S. Aquino; Ramon A. Magundayao and her wife Medelyn Quinones-Magundayao; Edison Y. Jaramillo, Noreen S. Punzalan, Corazon C. Amante, Martina S. Caayupan and Nick C. Ortilla.

When the desperation turns into challenges after our common reform candidates lost his bid in the last May 13 election for the Provincial Governor, the commitment to continue the education for the grassroots electorate and advocate the electoral system at the Village level did not falter. Their commitment serves as our turning point to reassess our commitment for social change.

The process of finishing this work is not a work in solitude. Thus, my heartfelt gratitude goes to the following remarkable persons:

To Sonny, Leo, Aida, Michael Bunyi, Larry De Borja and Marissa Limosenero though their participation is short lived because of the personal problems during the height of PK Organizing;

To Kuya Domeng L. Escasura, Rose L. Maaliw, husband and wife tandem of Zaldy and Bea F. Mendiola, Cathalina B. De Mesa, Rowena R. Emergo, Liza M. Palma, and Crispin T. Rivera and Eugene; Tony and Belen R. Toralba who both shared their passion of bringing hope to the community and support for me after almost a decade;

For the people behind the Partido Kalikasan, the former Secretary General, Roy S. Cabonegro and the rest of the people who share the passion with me in enduring the struggle for societal change;

To those who share their literatures and anecdotes, Dr. Stewart Jacksons of University of Sydney; Commissioner Yeb Sano of the Climate Change Commissions who shares with me the opportunity to review the “Laguna Lake Ecosystems Footprint” and major excerpts serves as the “situationer” of the manuscript; to Dr. Serhat Unaldi on his study of “...from Grassroots to Government” who inspires me to review the Organizing Strategy of the party; the study by Mr. Demetrio Imperial on the significance of Sangguniang Baranggay Council and the relevance of the RA 7160 of 1991;

To Tita Felisa PL Cruz, PhD for her Foreword, she inspire the author to share her visions in the community;

To Ms. Keli Yen, Convener of the Asia Pacific Greens Federation (APGF); Ms. Rathi Ramanathan and the rest of the people behind the Australian Greens who continuously believe that there is still a hope of having a Greens Party in the country;

To my wife, Jenny Lagando Labro who consistently synergizes my interest to pursue what is left behind – people empowerment; 

To my sons, Jesuit and Justine who assisted me in styling and editing and my daughter Jerueh, who consistently share my passion in writing and for editing, may they all be catalyst of change;

To my grandson, Alphonse Kione who is one of the greatest lessons in happiness;

To (+) Fr. Jose Blanco, SJ and (+) Fr. Ruben Villote,.

Atty. Jose D. Lina, Jr. and Judge Agripino G. Morga who inspired me to choose the path of Active Non- Violence and providing me the much needed motivation and shares with me the value of good governance; and

To the countless people who walked with me in the untiring agony of seeking for justice and equality. Elias C. Labro, Jr.

March 29, 2014

 

1. Introduction

In its June 2013 resolution, the National Council adopted the plan to implement different con- ceptual frameworks and party building strategies in the province of Laguna. The basis of identifying the province as its pilot area is the current organizational status that exist in the Village (Baranggay) level and the composition of its volunteer-staff.

The June 2013 resolution of the National Council initiated the operation during the conduct of the Village (Baranggay) election in the country. The development of the Village Ecological Gover- nance Development Framework (VEGDF) as its community base greens template brought the forma- tion of the Kaisahan sa Kaunlarang Pambaranggay (KABALANGAY/Greens Village), Inc. Its outmost desire is the implementation of a governance program which may qualify the party’s intervention. The development of the VEGDF as framework is significant in the “participatory process” among the major stakeholders of the program.

The Sociological Underpinnings of Greens Perspective in Philippine Political System: Partido Kalikasan (Laguna) Conceptual Framework on Village Ecological Governance and Party Building Strategy:

Part I embodies the significance of the Partido Kalikasan/Greens PH during its formative period narrated in the study entitled “From Grassroots to Government” by Serhat Unaldi. This part summarizes the Ecological and Political Situation of the region, the Climate Justice and Human Rights as its overall framework in synthesizing PK’s platform, the present ecosystem along the Laguna Lake region and Gender Equality;

Part II reflects the internal papers that were developed along the process of the implementation of the programs in the province of Laguna; the Training-Organizing Program; the Village Ecological Governance Development Framework (VEGDF); the formation of KABALANGAY/Greens 

Village and the KABALANGAY Savings Project (KSP) evaluation report as an entry point for party building. It includes how PK - Laguna sees the role of the Asia Pacific Greens Federation (APGF) and its significance to the current political situation of the region. The universality of the economic pattern employs by the rich countries and influence to the socio-political structures of the region is the challenges among the member Greens party around the world. Through this part, suggestions for APGF consolidation and cross-party development were offered; and

Part III articulates the results of the study conducted by Dr. Stewart Jackson during his short visits in the province particularly its interest of understanding the VEGDF in developing the party in general. The2 paper will also try to rationalize the political structures and situation in the country – the Baranggay (Village) Government to be able to come up a concrete analysis in harmonizing different philosophies on the potential of Greens Ideology to the Village Political Structure.

The same significance was also articulated on the study of Roel Ravanera on different opportunity of the civil society organization of the country, like the Partido Kalikasan/Greens PH on the value of the Village governance.

The pioneering works towards party development sees the opportunity for the leaders and the volunteer staff of the Provincial Directorate of Laguna to contribute for the total development of the Greens Party and its provincial constituents.


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