Free prior and informed consent in the Philippines
Regulations and realities
Indigenous peoples of the Philippines have made significant strides in their efforts to protect their ancestral domains and their identities. Despite their political and economic marginalization, they have managed to gain legal traction in their struggle to defend themselves from various threats.
This policy note describes the key legal protections for Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) in the Philippines as well as past obstacles to effective implementation. In addition, the policy note highlights features of implementing rules adopted by the government in 2012 to promote more effective future implementation of FPIC.