Responsible Land Governance in Mindanao


The management of public lands by national agencies, local governments, and communities, including indigenous cultural communities, in selected areas of Mindanao is oriented towards sustainability and conflict sensitivity.


The project Responsible Land Governance in Mindanao, emerged from lessons in implementing measures that promote sustainable rural development, integrating climate, conflict, and gender-sensitivity in asset management. The experiences in land use and management recognize the increasing complexity of jurisdictional and land management issues due to the lack of land use and tenure information as well as maps and zoning definitions.  Significant portions of public lands are characterized by open access and unregulated economic activities. In addition, capacity constraints exist for LGUs to formulate, implement, and enforce land use plans as prescribed by law. Data sharing among agencies remains problematic. Many policy and regulatory overlaps create uncertainty for LGUs and communities in land management.

The project seeks to address the above- mentioned issues in a multi-level approach working with national agencies on regulatory and policy issues regarding public lands as well as the transparency and availability of geodata. At the same time, efforts to localize improved land governance should be undertaken in cooperation with selected provinces, municipalities, and cities. This project will work in three fields of intervention stated below.

The project will focus on Mindanao but will have a nationwide reach as far the support to national policy, technical guidelines and inter-agency cooperation is concerned.


  • Improving the institutional framework for responsible land policy at national level
  • Capacity development for land management in local governments
  • Increasing the transparency of the government’s dealing and raising public awareness of land policy


Government and Public sectors (National, Regional, Local and Sectoral), Civil Society Organizations, Private Sectors, Academe and IP Communities and Organizations


  • Completed studies commissioned under the pre-implementation phase of the project:
    • Gender Analysis
    • Peace and Conflict Analysis
    • RLGM Communication Framework Strategy and Plan
    • Review of JAO 01 series of 2012 Implementation in Regions 10 and 13
    • Review of Land-Related Laws and Policies on Tenure
    • Definition-clarification of Commonly Used Terms and FAQs in Land Management
    • Enhancement of the Land Sector Development Framework (LSDF) 2019-2040
    • Documentation and Assessment of Principles and Practices on Collaboration and Partnerships in the Implementation of Devolved ENR Functions in Selected LGUs in Regions 10, 11 and CARAGA
    • Baseline Survey on the Land Governance Management Radio Program
    • Mitigating the Impact of COVID19 on food security and nutrition and tenurial security
  • Partner agencies and LGUs were re-oriented on national policies such as the enhanced CLUP Guidelines for the updating of respective CLUPs
  • Support to LGUs on the updating and harmonization of plans with the application of improved processes such as community profiling supported by aerial mapping, KOBO and CSPP qualitative tools
  • GIS application in land use planning was introduced, with the basic equipment for data capture (drone), storage and analysis (computers and printers) were acquired, and basic skills training provided.
  • Production of explainer videos and training modules
    • Explainer videos on Conflict Sensitivity, Do No Harm and Nonviolent Communication
    • E-Learning Modules Conflict Sensitivity, Do No Harm and Nonviolent Communication
    • Training Curriculum on Climate-resilient Coconut Farm management consisting of 7 modules. Please note that this training curriculum has been accepted by the Philippine Coconut Authority and recently, included by TESDA in its training materials.
    • Dialogue Training Modules and Process Guides for face to face and online training
    • Collaboration for Sustainable Management of Land Through Dialogue



Philippines , Asia


01 Apr 2019 - 30 Apr 2023

Commission Agency


  • Arah Crisabel Grace Amper
  • Advisor – Conflict Sensitivity and Results-Based Monitoring
  • arah.amper@เ