Citizen’s Handbook on Environmental Justice for ARMM Launched
The Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA), in coordination with the Program Management Office (PMO) of the Supreme Court, launched the publication entitled Citizen’s Handbook on Environmental Justice for the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) on October 1, 2014, at the Mamitua Saber Research and Technology Center (MSRTC), Mindanao State University, Marawi City. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF), Tanggol Kalikasan (TK), Regional Human Rights Commission-ARMM (RHRC), and Mindanao State University (MSU) provided valuable support for the project.
The Citizen’s Handbook on Environmental Justice for ARMM (Handbook for ARMM, for brevity) is a follow-up publication to Access to Justice: A Sourcebook on Environmental Rights and Legal Remedies and the Citizen’s Handbook on Environmental Justice produced by the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA) and the Program Management Office (PMO) of the Supreme Court, in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The Sourcebook is a resource material for environmental advocates and a guide to understand the Rules of Procedure for Environmental Cases promulgated by the Supreme Court
Like the Citizen’s Handbook on Environmental Justice, the Handbook for ARMM is a citizen-friendly material designed to help ordinary people or laypersons understand the key role citizens play in the protection and promotion of the environment and to encourage citizen participation in the enforcement of environmental laws. Aside from introducing the reader to several important concepts in environmental law to better understand and appreciate environmental law enforcement, the Handbook for ARMM presented Islamic principles and imperatives to show the sacred teachings related to the protection of land and natural resources from abuse and misuse. Since this was tailor-made for the ARMM, the National laws are supplemented by relevant local laws passed by the ARMM Regional Assembly and their implementing rules and regulations, in the hope that the Handbook for the ARMM will contribute towards enforcing environmental laws to protect and preserve our fragile environment.