The Philippine Poverty-Environment Initiative
The PPEI’s main objective is to maximize the utilization of revenues and benefits derived from resource extraction activities to fund sustainable development programs that directly address the poverty situation of local communities and rehabilitate the degraded environment caused by such activities. This is being done through the following:
- Improving the policy environment and governance processes of NG-LGUs sharing of national wealth, and instituting reforms to link the revenues generated from natural resource extraction to poverty alleviation and environmental protection;
- Establishing inclusive social policy that ensures equitable distribution of the benefits derived from the utilization of natural wealth;
- Advocating for legislative and administrative actions to ensure irreversibility of reforms;
- Developing information systems to facilitate timely and transparent release of the revenues from national wealth to LGUs, and to record and publish the LGUs shares from national wealth and their utilization;
- Capacitating LGUs to integrate poverty and environment linkages in their governance regimen with climate smart and green development perspective (i.e. capacitation on identifying best development projects to be funded from national wealth; protection management of strategic sites for sustainability like water reservoir, cultural heritage areas, primary production areas; climate-proofing of LGU plans and budget; conflict negotiation, etc.);
- Creating enabling conditions through providing trainings and technical support to local communities (i.e. training on payment for ecosystem services, capacitation on best land post-option analysis, etc.) and facilitating series of broad based and informed discussion that will result in the right mix of policies for the efficient management of natural resources by the government and the communities, and responsible investment by the private sector, and
- Building sustainability through ensuring the meaningful engagement of CSOs/NGOs/POs particularly community-based and women’s organizations and local Indigenous Peoples in local governance, and improving partnership with the private sector diversifying their social responsibility into more sustainable and productive programs/projects.
What have we accomplished so far?
The first phase of PPEI catalysed the effort of the Government of the Philippines (GoP) and the UN system programmes to achieve foundational outputs that serve as guide for continuing concrete actions to directly link ENR management to poverty reduction. Through the project’s research and activities, PPEI progresses significantly on providing policy support on the collection, distribution and utilization of revenues from ENR for poverty reduction and environmental sustainability. In 2012, several knowledge products (policy, manual, handbook, instrument, appraisal framework, baseline information, etc.) were produced.
- Reviewed existing procedures and practices on the computation and collection of ENR revenues and the release of the share of LGUs from National Wealth;
- Reviewed budget allocation and spending for ENR concerns and advocated for increase resources for poverty alleviation and environmental protection;
- Advocated for data-sharing and transparency in the collection, distribution and utilization of ENR revenues which led to the Philippines pronouncement to implement EITI;
- Developed guidelines, tools and methodologies on mainstreaming poverty-environment (P-E) linkages in LGU planning, programming and budgeting system, and
- Conducted capacity building activities on P-E development linkage planning and management for LGUs, and valuation of mineral products for MGB personnel.