Jun04

Green Lawmakers

Author // Christopher Estallo

A short film following Filipino legislators from the Reforestation Committee as they go on a fact-finding tour of Catanduanes, an island off the east coast particularly vulnerable to typhoons.

"GLOBE believes that legislators are accountable for the policies we've passed, oversight and holding our executive and governments accountable for the work we're doing is crucial," said GLOBE Philippines Chair Congresswoman Susan Yap.

Through Congresswoman Susan Yap and the story, the film will make clear how an international organisation like GLOBE facilitates the two-way flow of information between the International and the domestic. We see how international agreements influence domestic legislation and local action. Working in the other direction, we see how local issues can set the agenda for national legislation that in turn can set the framework for constructing effective international agreements.

Philippines Congresswoman Susan Yap is on a mission to strengthen the country's commitment to environment and conservation legislation. She's a member of the Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE), an international association of legislators from over 80 countries, committed to developing new laws, which support sustainable development. Congresswoman Yap has been active in helping to shape new laws around forest conservation including a recent moratorium on logging.

Congresswoman Susan Yap Chairs the GLOBE chapter in the Philippines and Chairs the House of Representative Special Committee on Climate Change.

This short film is about following Congresswoman Susan and the Reforestation Committee as they head on a fact-finding trip to Catanduanes, an island in the eastern part of the Philippines. And see how initiative is progressing and what prospects it has for delivering positive impacts to communities on the ground.

Known as 'The land of the howling winds', Catanduanes is highly vulnerable to typhoons, which make landfall on country's east coasts. Typhoon Haiyan, the most powerful typhoon ever recorded, recently affected the island.

It is also about finding out more about how GLOBE's international network works with national parliamentarians, and to see how that translates into legislation and ultimately more sustainable countries and communities,

Congresswoman Yap leads a legislative committee tasked with examining the government's ambitious Philippine National Greening Programme (NGP), which aims to grow over a billion trees in five years. The Philippines is the most storm exposed country on earth, and with impacts from climate change set to increase the frequency of storms, forest areas and mangroves can form a natural bulwark against the storms; as well as having an important role in increasing food security, in poverty reduction and in biodiversity conservation. The NGP was launched by President Aquino in 2011 to run until 2016 and aims to grow 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares nationwide in 5 years.

In Catanduanes the legislators met with local officials and community leaders of communities. They met local people and assessed the situation on the ground.

Through Susan Yap and the story, the film will make clear how an international organisation like GLOBE facilitates the two-way flow of information between the International and the domestic. We see how international agreements influence domestic legislation and local action. Working in the other direction, we see how local issues can set the agenda for national legislation that in turn can set the framework for constructing effective international agreements.

About the Author

Christopher Estallo

Christopher Estallo

Director for GLOBE Philippines

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