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Local Sectoral Representation: Legislation, Implementation, And Recommendations

This policy brief aims to foster policy awareness on local sectoral representation - a means to promote the political participation of marginalized sectors as mandated by the 1987 Constitution and the Local Government Code of 1991. Despite its mandate, there has yet to be an enabling law that outlines the election of local sectoral representation, apart from the guidelines issued by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples for the Indigenous people's mandatory representative in local councils. This policy brief tracks the attempts by Congress to pass an enabling law, the support of agencies such as the Philippine Commission on Women and the Department of Interior and Local Governance, and the few attempts at implementation by individual local government units. The policy brief ends with three different routes policy advocates can take to lobby for implementing local sectoral representation.


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