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Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center – Kasama sa Kalikasan/ Friends of the Earth Philippines

Quezon City, Philippines
Joined March 2021

LRC works for the recognition and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples and upland rural poor communities to land and environment.

Presence in: Philippines
Focus: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Traditional / Customary Justice

LRC seeks to bridge the gap between the informal articulation of the aspirations of these marginalized communities on the one hand, and the formal, technical, bureaucratic and legal language used by the state, on the other. To accomplish its goals, LRC maintains the following programs: (1) Research and Policy Development, (2) Direct Legal Services, and (3) Advocacy and Campaigns Support.

LRC’s areas of work and campaigns have included indigenous peoples‘ rights; rights to land and natural resources of indigenous peoples and upland rural poor directly dependent on the land and natural resources; human rights; natural resources, including water, forest, and energy; and climate change. LRC was instrumental in the crafting and defense of the constitutionality of the Indigenous Peoples‘ Rights Act of 1997 (IPRA). It was the legal counsel for marginalized and poor communities, and campaigned for the repeal of the Mining Act of 1995.

Recent national campaigns include the push for an Alternative Minerals Management Bill (AMMB), and petitions questioning the Mining Act of 1995 again for its unjust, inequitable, and unconstitutional provisions on government and people’s share of the proceeds. LRC became a member of Friends of the Earth International in the early 1990s.

LRC envisions a society where the rights of marginalized indigenous peoples and upland rural poor communities, including women, are respected, recognized, and upheld. We aspire for a society where the ownership, use, management, and conservation of our natural resources are carried out in a democratic, ecologically sustainable, culturally appropriate, economically viable, gender just, and equitable manner.

People Associated With This Organization

Joolia Demigillo

Philippines  
Legal Rights and Natural Resources...
Joined March 2021
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Policy Advocacy, Traditional / Customary Justice
Greetings! I am Joolia Demigillo, a researcher and paralegal of the Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center - Kasama sa Kalikasan/ Friends of the Earth Philippines (LRC). On behalf of our organization, I have been working with Timuay Justice and Governance (TJG), the traditional governance of the Teduray and Lambangian Non-Moro indigenous peoples, in their assertion for the full inclusion of their distinct rights in the newly-formed Bangsamoro autonomous region in Mindanao, Philippines. I look forward to becoming part of a community that works for legal empowerment, especially of the most marginalized. I am excited to witness the exchange ideas and experiences of individuals and groups working in different contexts, in ways that can help inform our work with the indigenous peoples across the Philippines.
Joolia Demigillo is the network champion (main point of contact) for Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center – Kasama sa Kalikasan/ Friends of the Earth Philippines.

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