Working Towards Building a Green Economy and Sustainable Local Communities

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PPEI Phase 1: Establishing The Baseline and Institutionalizing Reforms

The PPEI Phase 1 with time frame 2011-2012 reviewed existing procedures and practices on the computation and collection of ENR revenues; budget allocation and spending for ENR concerns; public-private advocacy for data-sharing and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI); the release of the share of the LGUs of the national wealth; and local development planning for ENR concerns and climate change.

This was structured around three intended outcomes which were achieved through various projects and activities. The outputs of these projects and activities took five forms: (1) analytical studies; (2) policy reforms and advocacy for legislative actions; (3) systems improvement; (4) communications and advocacy, and (5) capacity building/ technical assistance.

Outcome 1: Identify opportunities for Central government agencies and LGUs for improved ENR revenues & benefits

  • Studied and analyzed the entire process of estimating government revenues from natural resources to actual receipt of the funds to disbursement and recording to public dissemination of relevant financial statements.
  • Identified gaps or areas that need to be strengthened through new policies or revision of existing laws, information systems and governance processes.
  • Developed an Advocacy Paper that details the ways and means of increasing ENR-related allocation for poverty reduction in the national budget and adoption of other policies that support PPEI.

Outcome 2: LGUs are better able to implement benefit sharing from sustainable natural resource and environment management for poverty reduction

  • Developed sets of viable interventions and strategies, and designed an overall framework to upscale and institutionalize good practices on integrating sustainable ENR management in the synchronized local planning, policy making, programming, budgeting and into the whole national and local government system.
  • Came up with finalized instruments, guidelines, manual, and additional reviews of selected local government units (LGUs) on the utilization of their shares from the National Wealth.
  • Developed the capacity of pilot LGUs and DILG regional counterparts on mainstreaming Poverty-Environment (P-E) linkage in LGU governance and of DENR-Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) personnel in the estimation procedure of annual volumes and values of mineral products.

Outcome 3: Establish conditions at national level to promote the identified opportunities for sustainable ENR management

  • Proposed amendments to some provisions of the Local Government Code (LGC) (Section 294), Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) (Section 66) and Renewable Energy (RE) Act and other related policy issuances to increase the shares of LGUs in the National Wealth (NW) and give them more flexibility in utilizing their shares.
  • Documented the LGU shares in the proceeds from National Wealth (amounts of financial benefits that they were supposed to receive from in the past five years and how much they actually received).
  • Recommended possible measures to improve the collection of taxes from small-scale miners include the licensing and registration of all small-scale miners, information and education campaigns (IEC) to make them aware of their responsibility to pay taxes and how to carry out this responsibility, establishment of more custom mills, and mechanisms to facilitate remittance of tax collections by local treasurers to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).
  • Provided support to the implementation of Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in the Philippines through conducting several advocacies and capacitating concerned NGAs in performing their functions in implementing EITI.

Download the PPEI 2012 Final Project Report

Download the PPEI 2012 Work and Financial Plan