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Constitution
and
By‐laws
 of
 Green
Team
Pilipinas
International
Inc.



 
 PREAMBLE
 

 WE,
the
members
of
Green
Team
Pilipinas
International
Inc.,
advocate
the
principles
of
Democracy,
 Good
 Governance
 and
 Ethical
 Leadership,
 Humanism,
 Environmentalism,
 Multiculturalism,
 Self‐ Determination,
 Equal
 Protection
 of
 Law,
 and
 Subsidiarity
 as
 strong
 foundations
 by
 which
 our
 institutions
are
built.
We
believe
in
genuine
people
empowerment
that
is
free
from
the
dictates
of
 patronage
politics,
money
and
violence
as
a
means
to
achieve
our
common
aspirations
of
a
better
 country
 characterized
 by
 vibrant
 green
 communities
 lived
 by
 well‐informed
 and
 economically
 empowered
 citizenry
 who
 enjoy
 freedom
 of
 expression
 and
 belief
 and
 non‐belief
 without
 fear
 of
 persecution
and
violence,
and
who
share
the
common
desire
to
reach
out
and
improve
the
lot
of
the
 least
advantaged
members
of
the
society.
 
 We
 pledge
 to
 uphold
 the
 rule
 of
 law,
 the
 spirit
 of
 volunteerism,
 stewardship
 to
 nature
 and
 shall
 endeavor
ourselves
to
maintain
our
communities
with
dignity,
whose
people
take
pride
in
their
rich
 culture
 and
 heritage,
 enriched
 by
 the
 failures
 and
 victories
 of
 our
 heroes
 past
 and
 present
 whose
 sacrifices
 shall
 inspire
 us
 to
 contribute
 in
 the
 collective
 undertaking
 of
 bringing
 about
 sustainable
 economic
development
and
just
and
lasting
peace
to
all
parts
of
the
country.
 
 
 Article
I
 NAME
OF
ORGANIZATION,
SYMBOLS,
AND
PLACE
OF
BUSINESS
 
 Section
 1.
 Name.
 The
 full,
 official,
 registered
 name
 of
 the
 organization
 under
 the
 Securities
 and
 Exchange
 Commission
 (SEC)
 shall
 be
 GREEN
 TEAM
 PILIPINAS
 INTERNATIONAL
 INC.
 However,
 for
 purposes
of
brevity,
the
name
Green
Team
Pilipinas
(GTP)
and/or
its
abbreviated
form
may
be
used
 alternately.
 
 Section
 2.
 Colors.
 The
 official
 color
 of
 the
 Green
 Team
 Pilipinas
 is
 green,
 rendered
 in
 eight
 (8)
 different
hues/
shades.
 
 Section
3.
Symbol.
The
official
symbol
or
seal
of
the
Green
Team
Pilipinas
depicts
a
group
of
men
 huddling,
suggesting
sharing
of
ideas
and
cooperation.
 
 Section
 4.
 Place
 of
 Business.
 The
 registered
 official
 address
 of
 the
 Green
 Team
 Pilipinas,
 unless
 otherwise
 amended,
 is
 at
 W‐2502D
 Philippine
 Stock
 Exchange
 Center,
 Exchange
 Road,
 Ortigas
 Center,
Pasig
City.
However,
the
organization
may
setup,
operate
and
run
another
office
or
place
of
 business
anywhere
in
the
Philippines
provided
it
is
within
its
legal
mandate
and
financial
capacity.
 
 
 Article
II
 VISION,
MISSION
AND
NATURE
OF
THE
ORGANIZATION
 
 Section
1.
Vision
and
Mission.
Green
Team
Pilipinas
envisions
a
Philippines
where
its
people
live
in
 dignity
 accorded
 by
 vibrant
 and
 progressive
 green
 communities
 and
 reformed
 social
 and
 political
 institutions,
 where
 they
 have
 equal
 access
 to
 economic
 opportunities,
 and
 where
 they
 freely
 and
 actively
participate
in
the
democratic
processes
and
in
the
profession
of
their
political
beliefs.


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Emboldened
by
the
challenge
of
reforming
the
ailing
social
and
political
institutions,
the
Green
Team
 Pilipinas
shall
dedicate
its
mission
to
the
establishment,
development,
and
further
strengthening
of
 reliable
 and
 sustainable
 support
 structures
 through
 its
 chapters
 in
 advancing
 its
 advocacies
 and
 in
 offering
viable
and
sustainable
solutions
to
issues
and
problems
confronting
Philippine
environment,
 education,
and
economy.
 
 Section
2.
Nature
of
the
Organization.
Green
Team
Pilipinas
is
an
independent,
professional,
issues‐ based,
 advocacy‐driven,
 and
 reform‐oriented
 socio‐civic
 and
 political
 organization
 with
 strong
 national
presence,
advancing
the
causes
on
environment,
education
and
economy.
 a. Its
 membership
 base
 is
 drawn
 from
 among
 reform‐oriented
 individuals
 from
 the
 various
 social
sectors
and
strata.
 b. It
engages
in
multisectoral
and
institutional
alliance
building
and
multi‐stakeholder
linkaging
 in
 addressing
 problems
 and
 issues
 within
 the
 domain
 of
 its
 basic
 reform
 agenda
 on
 environment,
education
and
economy.
 c. Its
 leadership
 and
 the
 general
 membership
 maintain
 an
 open
 line
 of
 communication
 to
 ensure
 a
 sound,
 working
 internal
 democracy
 marked
 by
 transparency,
 integrity,
 and
 good
 governance.
 d. Its
leadership
makes
use
of
sound
judgment
aided
by
science,
reliable
research
and
statistics
 in
all
its
decision‐making
processes
and
in
the
crafting
of
programs,
policies
and
advocacies.
 
 
 Article
III
 DECLARATION
OF
PRINCIPLES,
OBJECTIVES,
AND
POLICIES

 
 Section
1.
Principles.
Green
Team
Pilipinas
adheres
to
the
following
basic
principles:



 a. DEMOCRACY:
 as
 enshrined
 in
 the
 Constitution,
 upholding
 the
 right
 of
 every
 Filipino
 to
 full
 participation
in
politicial
governance,
respecting
democratic,
political
and
cultural
pluralism
 b. GOOD
GOVERNANCE
AND
LEADERSHIP:
the
conduct
of
public
or
private
service
defined
by
 utmost
 integrity,
 transparency,
 people
 participation,
 accountability,
 effectiveness
 and
 efficiency.
 c. HUMANISM:
 the
 accordance
 of
 full
 dignity
 of
 human
 beings
 by
 all
 social
 units,
 institutions
 and
 instrumentalities
 above
 and
 at
 the
 end
 of
 every
 discourse,
 decision,
 and
 legislation
 regardless
of
ethnicity,
race,
religion,
belief,
and
sexual
orientation.

 d. ENVIRONMENTALISM:
 the
 sharing
 of
 commitment
 and
 common
 global
 interest
 in
 the
 preservation,
 conservation
 and
 protection
 of
 the
 environment
 to
 maintain
 ecological
 balance
and
the
crafting
of
and
influence
in
programs,
policies,
and
legislations
toward
this
 end
to
attain
genuine,
sustainable
and
integrative
development.
 e. MULTICULTURALISM:
the
accordance
of
equal
rights
among
peoples
of
different
tribes
and
 ethnicities,
 the
 preservation
 of
 indigenous
 cultural
 communities
 and
 minorities,
 their
 languages,
 traditions
 and
 practices,
 and
 the
 promotion
 and
 crafting
 of
 reform
 policies
 and
 legislations
 towards
 the
 promotion
 and
 protection
 of
 the
 diversity
 and
 cultural
 rights
 of
 these
peoples.
 f. SELF‐DETERMINATION:
 the
 right
 of
 the
 Filipino
 people
 and
 the
 Philippine
 state
 to
 choose
 freely
in
a
democratic
process
the
kind
of
sovereignty
and
political
identity
or
status
without
 external
influence
and/or
interference,
and
working
within
its
allowable
space
and
influence
 to
upholds
such
principle.
 g. EQUAL
 PROTECTION
 OF
 THE
 LAW:
 every
 Filipino
 regardless
 of
 faith
 and
 even
 non‐faith,
 ethnicity,
social
and
economic
circumstances,
gender
and
sexual
orientation
is
accorded
this
 basic
 right
 and
 all
 social
 institutions
 and
 instrumentalities,
 including
 private
 organizations
 should
work
together
towards
the
promotion,
maintenance
and
protection
of
this
right.
 h. SUBSIDIARITY:
the
viability
of
regional
and
local
empowerment
in
political
governance
and
in


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the
 management
 and
 administration
 of
 local
 affairs,
 with
 full
 support
 and
 well‐defined
 support
structure
and
mechanism
accorded
by
the
central
or
national
government.
 
 Section
 2.
 General
 Objective.
 Green
 Team
 Pilipinas
 shall
 endeavor
 to
 advance
 a
 unified
 and
 consolidated
 initiative
 on
 determined
 public
 interests,
 anchored
 on
 ideas
 of
 constitutional
 and
 institutional
reform,
capacity
building,
and
equity
in
our
societal
systems.
It
shall
endeavor
to
build
 itself
 into
 a
 strong,
 independent
 professional
 sociocivic
 and
 political
 organization
 capable
 of
 operating
 and
 translating
 its
 vision
 into
 specific
 programmatic
 action
 agenda
 to
 influence
 public
 policy
towards
institutional
and
political
reforms.
 
 Section
3.
Organizational
Objectives.
To
carry
out
the
general
objectives,
the
Green
Team
Pilipinas
 shall
endeavor
to:
 a. expand
 membership
 and
 operations
 by
 organizing
 municipal,
 city,
 provincial
 and
 regional
 chapters
 that
 will
 pursue
 the
 vision
 of
 the
 organization
 with
 autonomy
 to
 translate
 such
 vision
 into
 programmatic
 and
 actionable
 development
 plan
 for
 efficient
 and
 effective
 implementation
in
the
appropriate
level
or
area
of
operation;
 b. raise
awareness
and
increase
civic
consciousness
on
social
issues
pertinent
to
the
advocacies
 that
the
organization
promote
by
conducting
focused
group
discussions,
public
forums
and
 consultations,
 civic
 projects
 and
 outreach
 activities
 and
 encouraging
 multisectoral
 participation
 to
 sufficiently
 address
 common
 concerns
 and
 arrive
 at
 a
 consensus
 for
 a
 unified
and
consolidated
approach
in
offering
viable
solutions
to
such
concerns;
 c. influence
public
policy
through
organized
participatory
stakeholder
analysis
geared
towards
 strengthening
citizen
participation
and
increased
accountability
and
responsibility
to
society;
 d. hold
public
forums
and
roundtable
discussions
on
core
reform
issues
that
affect
the
political
 and
economic
life
of
the
state
and
its
people
as
a
means
to
attract
media
attention
to
solicit
 public
support
for
its
advocacies
and
pertinent
programs;
 e. link,
 network,
 cooperate,
 collaborate
 and
 build
 strategic
 and
 tactical
 alliances
 and
 partnerships
 with
 reform‐oriented
 organizations,
 public
 and
 private
 institutions,
 political
 parties
and
institutes
and
individuals
based
locally
and
abroad
in
the
promotion
of
its
core
 and
 extended
 advocacies
 and
 in
 the
 translation
 of
 these
 advocacies
 into
 specific
 programmatic
and
actionable
program
plan
for
implementation;
 f. encourage
 and
 promote
 the
 culture
 of
 professionalism
 among
 its
 members
 and
 associates
 within
 and
 outside
 of
 the
 organization;
 active
 citizens’
 participation
 in
 national
 and
 local
 development
 initiatives
 and
 undertakings;
 and
 transparency,
 accountability
 and
 responsibility
 in
 the
 conduct
 of
 its
 internal
 and
 external
 affairs
 and
 decision‐making
 processes
by
strict
adherence
to
the
principles
of
good
governance
and
ethical
leadership
as
 it
promotes
and
maintains
a
working
internal
democracy.
 g. design,
install,
and
maintain
a
system
of
financial
self‐reliance;
 h. design,
 manage,
 develop
 and
 institutionalize
 various
 anchor
 and
 special/seasonal
 self‐ sustaining
 programs
 and
 civic
 initiatives
 that
 promote
 the
 organization
 and
 its
 advocacies
 and
enhance
its
positive
public
image;
 i. design,
 produce
 and
 institutionalize
 a
 membership
 orientation
 program
 and
 pertinent
 resource
 materials
 and
 collaterals
 to
 orient
 members
 on
 the
 philosophy,
 principles
 and
 advocacies
of
the
organization;
 j. design,
 manage
 and
 develop
 a
 political
 development
 and
 leadership
 training
 program
 to
 prepare
qualified
members
to
assume
leadership
and
management
roles
within
and
outside
 of
 the
 organization
 by
 making
 resources
 available
 and
 opportunities
 equally
 accessible
 for
 growth
and
self‐realization;
 k. enter
 into
 agreements
 and
 marketing
 arrangements
 with
 public
 and
 private
 corporations
 and
institutions
that
may
offer
specific
and
limited,
time‐bound
privileges
for
its
members
as
 a
public
relations
strategy;


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l.

acquire,
 maintain
 and
 dispose
 of
 properties,
 funds
 and
 other
 resources
 necessary
 to
 keep
 the
 organization
 in
 operation
 and
 to
 perform
 other
 acts
 secondary
 or
 incidental
 to
 the
 primary
purpose
of
the
organization.



 Section
4.
Basic
Policies.
The
basic
policies
of
the
Green
Team
Pilipinas
are
as
follows:



 a. Leadership
 positions
 at
 all
 levels
 and
 across
 chapters
 of
 the
 Organization
 are
 open
 to
 qualified
regular
and
dues‐paying
members
of
good
standing.
 b. Subject
to
the
limited
resources
of
the
organization,
members
who
express
desire
to
enter
 into
 elective
 politics
 at
 any
 given
 local
 and/or
 national
 elections
 may
 obtain
 the
 individual
 member
 or
 members
 or
 the
 collective
 support
 of
 the
 organization,
 provided
 that
 the
 candidate/s
shall
promote
the
advocacies
and
help
enhance
the
image
of
the
organization.
 c. The
 organization
 may
 enter
 into
 a
 coalition
 of
 political
 parties
 and
 movements
 that
 manifests
full
support
to
its
core
advocacies
and
may
nominate
a
qualified
regular
and
dues‐ paying
member
as
an
elective
candidate
under
such
coalition
subject
to
the
approval
of
its
 highest
policymaking
and
governing
body.
 
 
 Article
IV
 MEMBERSHIP
 
 There
 are
 two
 Membership
 tracks
 to
 Green
 Team
 Pilipinas:
 (1)
 Regular
 Membership
 and
 (2)
 Associate
Membership.
 

 Section
 1.
 Regular
 Membership.
 Membership
 to
 the
 Green
 Team
 Pilipinas
 is
 a
 voluntary
 act,
 the
 admission
of
which
are
governed
by
the
following
basic
qualifications:
 a. Membership
to
GTP
is
open
to
all
natural
born
and
naturalized
Filipino
citizens
who
are
of
 legal
 age,
 residing
 within
 the
 Philippines
 or
 abroad,
 a
 registered
 voter,
 and
 of
 good
 public
 reputation
with
no
criminal
or
derogatory
record.
 b. Applicants
 for
 membership
 shall
 demonstrate
 support
 of
 and
 willingness
 to
 promote
 the
 core
advocacies,
and
subscribe
principles
of
GTP
as
enshrined
in
its
statutes.
 c. Membership
 application
 has
 to
 be
 supported
 by
 two
 recommendations
 from
 regular
 GTP
 members
or
an
endorsement
of
at
least
two
character
references
with
no
blood
relations
to
 the
applicant.

 d. Applications
 must
 be
 accompanied
 by
 a
 full
 resume
 or
 curriculum
 vitae
 of
 the
 applicant,
 detailing
his
proefessional
experience,
expertise,
qualifications
and
competencies
that
may
 be
useful
and
beneficial
to
the
organization.
 e. Membership
 application
 is
 on
 an
 individual
 basis.
 No
 juridical
 or
 corporate
 membership
 is
 allowed.
 f. Applications
 for
 membership
 can
 only
 be
 reviewed
 and
 acted
 upon
 by
 the
 Membership
 Committee
upon
the
favorable
endorsement
of
the
chapter
where
the
application
is
filed.
 g. The
 authority
 to
 approve
 or
 deny
 membership
 application
 rests
 solely
 with
 the
 National
 Executive
Committee
(NEC).
 h. The
 NEC
 may
 approve
 a
 membership
 application
 in
 a
 resolution
 in
 regular
 meeting
 or
 in
 a
 special
 meeting
 called
 for
 that
 purpose,
 upon
 favorable
 endorsement
 by
 the
 Membership
 Committee.
 i. The
 NEC
 may
 deny
 a
 membership
 application
 in
 a
 resolution
 in
 regular
 meeting
 or
 in
 a
 special
 meeting
 called
 for
 that
 purpose
 for
 valid
 reasons
 regardless
 of
 the
 favorable
 endorsement
of
the
Membership
Committee.
 j. Appeals
for
denied
applications
shall
be
done
by
the
applicant
in
writing,
addressed
to
the
 NEC
through
the
Membership
Committee.
 k. Denied
applications
shall
be
accorded
a
maximum
of
three
appeals
for
inclusion,
following


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l.

m.

n.

o.

p.

the
 process
 as
 prescribed
 in
 paragraph
 j,
 Section
 1
 hereof,
 provided
 the
 grounds
 or
 arguments
 used
 in
 the
 succeeding
 attempts
 are
 not
 substantially
 the
 same
 as
 the
 first
 or
 second
attempts.
 Membership
 applications
 will
 be
 processed
 only
 upon
 payment
 of
 a
 one‐time
 registration
 fee
of
One
Thousand
Pesos
(PhP1,000).
Applicants
declined
admission
shall
be
refunded
of
 their
registration
fee
 Regular
 membership
 status
 can
 only
 be
 granted
 once
 the
 applicant
 has
 completed
 the
 Membership
Orientation
Program
(MOP)
and
after
the
applicant
shall
have
sworn
the
Oath
 of
Membership.
 The
conduct
of
the
MOP
and
the
administration
of
Oath
of
Membership
may
be
done
jointly
 or
separately,
the
conduct
of
which
should
take
place
not
later
than
thirty
(30)
days
apart.
In
 the
 event
 of
 non‐compliance
 to
 this
 provision,
 the
 applicant
 shall,
 in
 writing,
 explain
 justifiably
to
NEC
the
circumstances
that
warrant
the
non‐compliance.
 Refusal
 for
 take
 the
 Oath
 of
 Membership
 at
 once
 regardless
 of
 reasons
 shall
 warrant
 the
 nullity
 of
 the
 application,
 and
 shall
 automatically
 disqualify
 the
 applicant
 from
 further
 seeking
membership
in
the
organization.
 Upon
 granting
 of
 full
 membership
 status,
 members
 shall
 enjoy
 all
 the
 rights
 and
 privileges
 accorded
to
full‐and
dues‐paying
members,
including
the
right
to
vote
and
be
voted
upon
in
 elections.




 Section
2.
Disqualification.
The
foregoing
provisions
are
sufficient
valid
grounds
for
disqualification
 of
members
of
the
organization:
 a. Commission
 of
 any
 act
 contrary
 to
 the
 basic
 rules
 and
 principles
 of
 the
 Organization
 pursuant
to
Article
XIII
of
this
Constitution
and
By‐law.
 b. Membership
 in
 any
 organization
 whose
 interests
 are
 contrary,
 inimical
 and/or
 detrimental
 to
the
interests
of
Green
Team
Pilipinas.
 
 Section
 3.
 Rights
 and
 Privileges.
 Every
 Party
 Member
 in
 good
 standing
 shall
 have
 the
 following
 rights:


 a. Each
regular,
dues‐paying,
and
good‐standing
member
has
the
right
to
nominate
candidates
 to
any
elective
position
in
the
organization,
vote
and
be
voted
as
an
officer,
provided
that
 he/she
has
been
a
member
of
good
standing
for
at
least
six
(6)
months
before
an
election.
 b. Each
member
has
the
right
to
demand
from
the
officers
accountability
on
finances
and
other
 matters
 for
 the
 sake
 of
 integrity
 and
 transparency,
 including
 access
 to
 financial
 records
 of
 the
organization
as
may
be
warranted.
 c. Each
 member
 shall
 enjoy
 equal
 access
 to
 facilities
 and
 equipment
 of
 the
 organization,
 including
 GTP
 copyrighted
 materials,
 provided
 all
 existing
 copyright
 infringement
 laws
 and
 regulations
are
fully
adhered
to.
 d. Each
 member
 or
 chapter
 shall
 enjoy
 the
 right
 to
 determine
 activities
 based
 on
 their
 capacities,
including
their
capacity
to
fund
such
activities,
provided
that
these
activities
fall
 within
the
ambit
and
among
the
priorities
of
GTP.
 e. Each
 member
 is
 entitled
 to
 whatever
 benefits
 that
 GTP
 in
 the
 future
 may
 accord
 its
 members
without
discrimination
as
to
his
or
her
gender,
age,
ethnicity,
and
religion.
 f. Each
 member
 is
 entitled
 to
 due
 process
 and
 fair
 arbitration
 in
 cases
 of
 violation
 of
 any,
 some,
 or
 all
 of
 the
 provisions
 of
 the
 GTP
 rules,
 regulations,
 duties,
 and
 responsibilities
 whereby
he
or
she
faces
appropriate
disciplinary
action
for.
 g. Each
member
has
the
right
to
be
fully
informed
about
activities
of
GTP.

 h. Each
member
has
the
right
to
participate
in
the
activities
of
a
chapter
where
he/she
belongs.
 i. Each
 member
 has
 the
 right
 to
 express
 his/her
 opinions
 and
 to
 offer
 suggestions,
 in
 the
 proper
 forum
 in
 a
 manner
 and
 means
 appropriate,
 with
 the
 end
 on
 view
 of
 promoting
 interest
and
contributing
to
the
development
and
welfare
of
GTP
and
its
members.


5


Each
member
has
the
right
to
air
his/her
grievance,
file
any
complaint
against
any
officer
or
 member
of
GTP
in
the
proper
venue.
 
 Section
 4.
 Duties
 and
 Responsibilities.
 Every
 Party
 Member
 shall
 have
 the
 following
 duties
 and
 obligations:


 a. Each
 member
 shall
 abide
 by
 Constitution
 and
 By‐Laws,
 principles
 and
 advocacies
 of
 the
 organization.
 b. Each
 member
 shall
 comply
 with
 the
 duly‐promulgated
 rules,
 regulations,
 guidelines,
 and
 decisions
rendered
by
the
organization.
 c. Each
 member
 shall
 pay
 in
 full
 and
 on
 time
 all
 membership
 fees
 and
 dues
 as
 assessed
 and
 mandated
by
the
organization
and
determined
by
each
chapter.
 d. Each
member
shall
actively
participate
in
all
chapter
activities
and
undertakings.
 e. Each
member
shall
contribute
in
any
way
and
in
any
manner
he
or
she
can
to
the
promotion
 and
advancement
of
the
principles,
values,
and
advocacies,
as
well
as
traditions
that
the
GTP
 as
an
organization
cherishes
and
has
sworn
to
uphold.

 f. Each
 member
 shall
 respect
 the
 cultural,
 ethnic,
 linguistic
 and
 religious
 diversity
 that
 exists
 among
 members
 and
 chapters
 and
 shall
 work
 towards
 tolerance
 and
 harmonious
 coexistence
among
themselves
amidst
all
these
differences.
 g. Each
 member
 shall
 work
 to
 advance
 the
 interests
 and
 promote
 and
 enhance
 a
 positive
 image
 through
 effective
 public
 relations
 strategies,
 and
 protect
 the
 integrity
 of
 the
 Organization
 and
 shall
 not
 in
 any
 manner
 or
 by
 any
 means
 engage
 in
 activities
 that
 are
 inimical
to
the
organization
and
its
members.
 h. Each
member
shall
swear
to
safeguard
the
organization’s
confidentiality.
 i. Each
member
shall
keep
himself/herself
informed
of
the
organization’s
activities,
especially
 in
the
chapter
where
the
member
belongs.

 j. Each
member
shall
endeavor
himself/herself
to
recruit
members
to
expand
and
strengthen
 further
the
organization.
 k. Each
member
shall
assist
fellow
member
who
are
in
need
in
a
way
they
can.
 l. It
is
a
duty
of
all
members
to
register
and
vote
in
local
and
national
elections.
 
 Section
5.
Definition
of
Member
in
Good
Standing.
A
member
in
good
standing
is
one
who
 a. is
 not
 delinquent
 in
 the
 payment
 of
 his/her
 membership
 fees
 and
 dues
 imposed
 by
 the
 Organization;
 b. is
not
under
suspension
for
violation
of
any
and/or
all
provisions
in
Section
2
of
Artcle
XIII
of
 this
Constitution
and
By‐laws.
 
 Section
 6.
 Termination
 and
 Restitution
 of
 Membership.
 Membership
 in
 the
 Party
 shall
 be
 terminated
by:
 a. voluntary
resignation
 b. expulsion
 c. removal
from
office
in
the
case
of
elected
officers
 d. death
 
 Section
7.
Restitution.
Restitution
of
membership
may
be
granted
on
a
case‐to‐case
basis,
subject
to
 the
 approval
 of
 the
 National
 Council
 and
 pursuant
 to
 Section
 2,
 Par.
 A,
 (v)
 of
 Article
 VIII
 of
 this
 Constitution
and
By‐laws.
 
 Section
 8.
 Associate
 Membership.
 Associate
 members
 do
 not
 have
 voting
 rights
 with
 limited
 participation
 to
 Organizational
 meetings.
 They
 are
 granted
 the
 same
 access
 to
 organizational
 activities,
 except
 voting,
 that
 promote
 the
 principles,
 core
 advocacies
 and
 programs
 of
 the
 Organization.
Their
annual
dues
are
to
be
determined
by
the
respective
chapters
where
they
belong.


j.

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Article
V
 FINANCE
 
 Section
1.
The
Establishment
of
a
Reliable
and
Efficient
Financial
System.
As
a
duly
registered
legal
 organization,
 Green
 Team
 Pilipinas
 shall
 endeavor
 itself
 to
 establish
 a
 working
 and
 self‐reliant
 financial
 and
 accounting
 system
 and
 administration
 to
 earn,
 manage,
 and
 dispose
 of
 funds
 accordingly
and
in
view
of
the
organization’s
stated
organizational
goals
and
objectives.

 
 Section
2.
Permanent
Finance
Committee.
The
organization
shall
create
a
permanent
committee
on
 finance,
also
known
as
finance
committee,
and
define
its
functions,
powers,
and
responsibilities.
 
 Section
3.
Powers,
Functions,
and
Accountabilities.
The
Finance
Committee
shall:

 a. have
 the
 control
 of
 the
 financial
 flow
 of
 the
 organization,
 ensuring
 a
 healthy
 balance
 between
risks
and
exposures,
incomes,
and
receivables.
 a. review
 all
 activity
 proposals
 with
 funding
 requirements
 to
 determine
 capacity
 and
 availability
of
resources
and
identify
short‐
and
long‐term
capital
requirements
as
a
basis
for
 identifying
strategies
to
ensure
financial
mobility
and
stability
 b. propose
and
recommend
measures
and
strategies,
as
well
such
formulate
clear
and
effective
 financial
guidelines
in
organizational
expenditures
to
optimize
the
limited
financial
resources
 of
the
organization;
 c. exercise
oversight
functions
of
the
marketing
program
of
the
organization;
 d. assist
the
national
and
local
bodies
such
as
the
National
Council,
National
Executive
and
local
 chapters
in
the
planning
and
allocation
of
resources
over
a
reasonable
operating
period
as
a
 basis
for
controlling
and
monitoring
results;
 e. have
a
good
grasp
of
the
future
financial
needs
of
the
organization
and
design,
develop,
and
 implement
 a
 sound,
 workable
 financial
 plan
 for
 the
 organization,
 defining
 targets
 and
 calculating
risks
for
better
management
appreciation,
review
and
evaluation;
 f. perform
sound
financial
projections
vis‐à‐vis
the
anticipated
need
for
funds
for
the
various
 undertakings
of
the
organization;
 g. bring
 in
 the
 necessary
 funds
 and
 other
 financial
 resources
 to
 maintain
 a
 healthy
 balance
 sheet
and
solidify
the
financial
position
of
the
organization
by
initiating
resource‐generating
 programs
and
activities;
 h. link,
network,
build
alliances
and
form
strategic
partnerships
with
public
and
private
funding
 organizations
 to
 explore
 possible
 arrangements
 and
 seek
 financial
 assistance
 to
 the
 programs
and
advocacies
of
the
organization;
 i. ensure
availability
of
funds
for
the
continuous
operation
of
the
organization;
 j. prepare
 accurate,
 complete
 and
 timely
 audited
 financial
 statements
 in
 strict
 adherence
 to
 the
 generally
 accepted
 accounting
 principles
 (GAAP)
 in
 compliance
 with
 rules
 of
 the
 regulatory
agencies
of
the
government;
 k. exercise
prudence,
honesty,
transparency,
and
integrity
in
the
performance
of
its
duties
in
 adherence
to
the
principles
of
good
governance
and
ethical
leadership;
 l. make
available
to
officers
and
members
all
financial
records
and
dealings
of
the
organization
 at
a
reasonable
time
and
venue;
 m. it
is
the
responsibility
of
the
chairman
of
the
Finance
Committee
to
ensure
that
all
powers,
 functions
 and
 responsibilities
 of
 the
 Committee
 are
 satisfactorily
 performed
 and
 exercised
 and
that
all
policies
are
fully
enforced
without
favor
or
bias
to
or
against
a
particular
party
or
 member
of
the
organization.
 
 Section
4.
Financial
Policies
in
the
Regular
Conduct
of
Business
 a. All
funds
should
be
used
properly
and
lawfully
and
only
for
duly‐approved
official
activities
 as
defined
and
in
accordance
with
this
Constitution
and
By‐Laws.


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b. All
expenditures
and
budgetary
allocations
shall
fall
within
the
allowable
items
as
defined
in
 this
Constitution
and
By‐laws
duly
approved
and
certified
by
the
National
Council.
 c. All
expenditures
and
budgetary
allocations
shall
have
a
basis
in
the
form
of
activity/budget
 proposals
and
resolution/s
of
approval
rendered
by
the
National
Executive
Committee
in
a
 regular
or
special
meeting
with
a
quorum.
 d. All
 budgetary
 allocations
 and
 purchases
 shall
 be
 fully
 documented
 for
 audit
 and
 inventory
 purposes,
causing
payees
and
recipients
of
allocations
and
payments
the
issuance
of
official
 receipts
and
vouchers
as
proof
of
payment/purchase.
 e. All
 disbursements
 shall
 be
 done
 or
 paid
 using
 the
 official
 checking
 account
 of
 the
 organization
bearing
the
signatures
of
the
authorized
signatories.
 f. Official
 documents
 for
 disbursements
 such
 as
 checks
 and
 check
 and
 cash
 and
 petty
 cash
 vouchers
shall
bear
the
signature
of
the
duly
authorized
signatories.
 g. All
financial
transactions
shall
be
accounted
for
accurately
and
properly
and
there
should
be
 no
undisclosed
and
unrecorded
funds
or
assets
to
be
maintained
for
any
purpose.
 h. Except
 for
 occasions
 and
 instances
 where
 prior
 approval
 is
 deemed
 impossible
 and/or
 impractical,
no
payment
or
expense
shall
be
reimbursed
without
the
prior
approval
by
the
 authorized
officer/s
of
the
organization.
 i. All
 cash
 or
 check
 payments
 shall
 be
 deposited
 directly
 to
 the
 official
 account
 of
 the
 organization.
 j. The
 organization
 maintains
 a
 policy
 of
 not
 dealing
 with
 ‘middlemen’
 in
 the
 course
 of
 its
 financial
transactions,
and
thereby
prohibits
paying
them
with
facilitation
fees.

 k. Beyond
 honest
 recommendation,
 members
 and
 officers
 are
 prohibited
 from
 lobbying,
 currying
favor,
or
acting
as
facilitator,
agent,
or
broker
on
behalf
of
third
party
entities
doing
 official
business
with
the
organization.
 l. Financial
data
for
submission
to
donors
and
partners,
regulatory
bodies
of
the
government,
 members
and
officers
of
the
organization
must
be
accurate,
complete
and
up
to
date.
 m. It
 is
 the
 responsibility
 of
 the
 Chairman
 of
 the
 Finance
 Committee
 to
 ensure
 that
 all
 disbursements
 have
 gone
 through
 the
 proper
 procedures
 as
 expressly
 stated
 in
 this
 Constitution
and
By‐laws.
 
 Section
5.
Internal
Finances,
Advances,
Emergency
Disbursements,
and
Refunds
 a. Personal
 loans
 or
 advances
 are
 not
 allowed
 under
 any
 circumstances
 other
 than
 rent
 or
 travel
advances,
and
should
be
accounted
for
and
liquidated
within
15
days
complete
with
 the
 necessary
 supporting
 documents
 and
 official
 receipts.
 A
 written
 explanation
 shall
 be
 required
for
liquidations
after
the
prescribed
period.


 b. The
 organization
 through
 the
 Finance
 Committee
 may
 allow
 salary
 or
 compensation
 advances
 among
 its
 paid
 staff,
 provided
 the
 amount
 be
 paid
 within
 the
 thirty
 days
 upon
 disbursement
and
the
amount
being
advanced
shall
not
be
higher
than
the
amount
of
a
full
 month
salary
or
compensation
of
the
said
paid
staff.
 c. Except
during
emergency
or
pressing
necessity,
no
officer
or
member
is
allowed
to
make
a
 personal
advance
payment
even
to
an
allowed
and
approved
purchase
expense
on
behalf
of
 the
organization,
thereby
disallowing
refund
for
such
an
expense.
 d. Members/officers
 should
 submit
 the
 original
 documents
 such
 as
 official
 receipts
 and
 vouchers
 in
 claiming
 refund
 at
 the
 Finance
 Committee,
 subject
 to
 the
 approval
 after
 a
 review
by
the
Committee
Chairman.
 e. Refunds
may
be
full
or
partial
depending
on
the
eligibility
of
the
expenses
incurred.
 
 Section
6.
Special
Disbursement
 a. Disbursement
 procedures
 other
 than
 what
 are
 defined
 and
 stated
 in
 this
 Constitution
 and
 By‐laws
may
be
undertaken
by
the
Board
of
Trustees,
provided
that
any
provision
shall
not
 be
contrary
to
any
of
the
existing
provisions
hereof.


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Section
7.
External
Borrowing.
The
organization
may
borrow
funds
from
external
sources
in
pursuit
 of
its
goals
by
means
of
a
Council
Resolution
approving
such
borrowing,
signed
by
two‐thirds
of
the
 members
of
the
National
Council.
 
 Section
8.
List
of
Approved
and
Allowable
Expense
(Official)
 a. Office
equipment
and
supplies
 b. Rentals
and
payments
of
equipment
and
utilities
 c. Staff
salaries,
fees,
honoraria
 d. Official
 activity
 costs
 such
 as
 purchase
 of
 medicines
 for
 outreach,
 food
 for
 volunteers,
 gasoline,
etc.
 e. Payments
of
permits
to
regulatory
agencies
of
the
government
 f. Accreditation
fees,
where
feasible
and
applicable
 g. Official
representation
and
travel
allowances
 h. Gratuities,
gifts,
and
business
entertainment

 i. Donations
to
eligible
charitable
institutions
 j. Membership
training
and
development
programs
 k. Official
planning
activities

 l. Incidental
costs
charged
in
the
performance
of
official
duties
and
functions
 
 Section
 9.
 Fundraising
 Proceeds.
 The
 organization
 shall
 undertake
 fundraising
 programs
 and
 activities
to
support
its
advocacies.
 a. Each
 chapter
 is
 encouraged
 to
 be
 self‐reliant
 by
 engaging
 in
 any
 fundraising
 activity
 that
 promotes
 the
 organization
 and
 its
 advocacies,
 principles
 and
 values,
 provided
 that
 such
 activity
 is
 lawful
 and
 does
 not
 in
 any
 manner
 compromise
 the
 integrity
 and
 image
 of
 the
 organization.
 b. The
chapter
undertaking
fundraising
shall
keep
100%
of
the
proceeds
from
such
activity.
 
 Section
10.
Policies
on
Donations
 All
donations
in
the
form
of
cash
must
be
deposited
100%
to
approved
GTP
bank
account
 a. Monetary
donations
to
the
organization
in
the
form
of
check
or
cash
made
by
anonymous
 donors
shall
be
acceptable,
however
is
shall
be
fully
declared
and
documented,
and
shall
be
 treated
as
special
funds
for
unprogrammed
expense.
 b. Regular
 donations
 are
 subject
 to
 the
 usual
 accounting
 and
 documentation
 procedure,
 and
 whose
donors
shall
be
fully
recognized.

 c. Unless
specified,
all
monetary
donations
in
the
form
of
cash
and
check
shall
go
to
the
central
 coffers
of
the
organization.
 d. Donations
to
specific
chapters,
whether
in
monetary
or
in
other
form,
shall
go
to
the
coffers
 and/or
account
of
the
said
chapter,
provided
that
the
said
chapter
declare
such
donations
to
 the
 central
 treasury
 for
 accounting
 and
 recording
 purposes.
 Provided
 further,
 that
 the
 proceeds
of
such
donation
shall
be
used
solely
for
the
official
undertakings
and
activities
of
 the
chapter
as
prescribed
in
this
Constitution
and
By‐laws
not
for
the
personal
consumption
 of
some
or
all
of
the
members
of
the
said
chapter.
 e. In
cases
of
property
donations
to
a
chapter
that
does
not
have
the
capacity
to
operate
and
 maintain
such
donations,
the
central
treasury
may
receive
the
donation
and
utilize
the
same
 for
 the
 official
 undertakings
 of
 the
 organization,
 provided
 that
 the
 chapter
 for
 which
 the
 donation
was
made
shall
execute
a
waiver
to
such
donations.
However,
subject
to
feasibility
 and
 availability,
 and
 after
 executing
 a
 waiver
 of
 donation,
 the
 chapter
 for
 which
 the
 donation
was
made
may
avail
or
use
the
donated
property
for
official
chapter
undertakings
 and
activities.
 
 


9


Article
VI
 PAYMENTS,
FEES
AND
DUES
 
 Section
 1.
 One‐time
 Enrolment
 Fee.
 The
 organization
 shall
 set
 a
 one‐time
 joining
 fee
 of
 One
 Thousand
 Pesos
 (P1,000.00)
 to
 those
 applying
 for
 membership
 in
 the
 organization.
 This
 amount
 covers
the
cost
of
the
production
of
membership
ID
card
and
the
Green
Book
containing
the
statutes
 and
Constitution
and
By‐laws
of
the
organization.
 
 Section
2.
Annual
Dues.
The
National
Council
shall
set
a
minimum
amount
for
annual
membership
 dues,
taking
into
consideration
the
economic
realities
of
the
different
regions
where
local
chapters
 operate.
Below
is
the
prescribed
minimum
annual
membership
dues:
 a. A
minimum
of
P500.00
per
year
for
members
of
chapters
in
the
National
Capital
Region.
 b. A
minimum
of
P300
per
year
for
members
of
city
chapters
outside
the
NCR.
 c. A
minimum
of
P200
per
year
for
members
of
municipal
chapters.
 d. Membership
 dues
 for
 provincial
 and
 regional
 chapters
 shall
 be
 determined
 once
 these
 chapters
have
been
constituted.
 
 Section
2.
Allocation
of
Annual
Membership
Dues.
Membership
dues
shall
be
allocated
as
follows:


 a. Eighty
percent
(80%)
goes
to
the
local
chapter.


 b. Twenty
 percent
 (20%)
 goes
 to
 the
 National
 Executive
 Committee,
 through
 the
 central
 coffers.
 c. The
 eighty
 percent
 (80%)
 share
 of
 the
 local
 chapter
 shall
 be
 allocated
 to
 the
 membership
 recruitment,
training
and
development
fund.
 
 Section
 3.
 Special
 and
 Other
 Fees.
 Special
 fees
 and
 assessments
 may
 be
 imposed
 by
 the
 National
 Executive
Committee
on
members
in
consultation
with
the
chapters.

 
 Section
4.
Mode
of
Payment.

 a. All
 membership
 application
 fees,
 annual
 dues
 and
 other
 fees
 shall
 be
 deposited
 to
 the
 official
account
of
the
respective
chapter
where
an
applicant
wishes
to
belon,
or
through
the
 official
account
of
the
central
coffers
in
the
case
of
chapters
that
do
not
have
yet
an
official
 bank
account
but
with
remittance
arrangement
with
the
central
treasury.
 b. On
certain
occasions
and
conditions,
an
installment
payment
of
the
one‐time
joining
fee
can
 be
allowed.
 c. It
 is
 the
 duty
 of
 an
 applicant
 to
 keep
 his/her
 record
 or
 proof
 of
 payment.
 He/she
 may
 be
 required
 to
 present
 those
 when
 he
 claims
 his/her
 membership
 ID,
 and
 other
 official
 documents
issued
by
the
organization.
 
 
 Article
VII
 CHAPTERS
 
 Section
1.
Basic
Chapter
Formation
and
Accreditation.
The
following
are
basic
chapter
guidelines:
 a. At
least
twenty
(20)
dues‐paying
regular
members
shall
be
organized,
with
a
complete
set
of
 officers
as
prescribed
to
form
a
basic
chapter
in
either
city
or
municipality.
 b. Upon
 organization,
 and
 after
 paying
 fully
 the
 membership
 fees,
 and
 after
 undergoing
 an
 orientation,
the
chapter
shall
advise
in
writing
the
National
Council
(NC)
to
start
the
chapter
 accreditation
process,
which
consists
of
a
review
by
the
National
Executive
Committee
(NEC)
 on
the
satisfactory
compliance
to
the
requirements
for
chapter
accreditation.

 c. Upon
 satisfactory
 compliance,
 the
 National
 Executive
 Committee
 shall
 recommend
 to
 the
 National
Council
the
granting
of
the
accreditation.



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d. The
accreditation
process
shall
only
commence
upon
full
payment
of
all
20
members
of
their
 one‐time
membership
joining
fees.
 e. Only
 the
 NC
 has
 the
 power
 to
 grant
 chapter
 accreditation
 status
 by
 virtue
 of
 a
 resolution
 signed
by
two‐thirds
of
all
members.
 f. The
 National
 Council
 has
 the
 sole
 authority
 to
 deny,
 hold
 in
 abeyance,
 and
 revoke
 accreditation
of
a
chapter
on
valid
grounds.
 g. Denied
chapter
applications
can
be
appealed
up
to
a
maximum
of
three
appeals.
 
 Section
 2.
 Secondary
 Chapters.
 Secondary
 chapters
 are
 a
 federation
 of
 organized
 and
 fully
 functioning
Primary
Chapters
composed
of
Municipal
Chapters
comprising
a
provincial
level
chapter.
 Secondary
chapters
shall
be
formed
under
the
following
criteria:
 a. Fifty
percent
one
(51%)
of
municipalities
in
a
province
have
organized
and
fully
functioning
 municipal
chapters.
 b. A
combined
fifty
(50)
regular,
fully‐paid
and
dues‐paying
members
of
good
standing.
 
 Section
3.
City
Chapters.
City
Chapters
share
the
nature
and
character
of
Secondary
Chapters.
City
 Chapters
shall
be
formed
under
the
following
criteria:
 a. Fifty
percent
one
(51%)
of
barangays
in
a
city
have
organized
and
fully
functioning
municipal
 chapters.
 b. A
combined
fifty
(50)
regular,
fully‐paid
and
dues‐paying
members
of
good
standing.
 
 Section
4.
Tertiary
or
Regional
Chapters.
Regional
Chapters
are
composed
of
federated,
organized
 and
fully‐functioning
provincial
chapters.
Regional
Chapters
shall
be
organized
under
the
following
 criteria:
 a. Fifty
 percent
 one
 (51%)
 of
 provinces
 in
 a
 region
 have
 organized
 and
 fully
 functioning
 provincial
chapters.
 b. A
combined
one
hundred
(100)
regular,
fully‐paid,
dues‐paying
members
of
good
standing.
 
 Section
5.
Local
Chapter
Officers.
The
following
positions
shall
be
filled
up
in
the
municipal
and
city
 chapters:

 i. Chapter
President
 ii. Chapter
Vice
President
 iii. Secretary
 iv. Treasurer
 v. Membership
Officer
 vi. Finance
Officer
 vii. Programs,
Policies,
and
Advocacies
Officer
 viii. Operations
Officer
 ix. Public
Affairs
Officer
 x. Arbitration
Officer
 
 Section
6.
Chapter
Roles
and
Functions.
The
municipal
and
city
chapters
shall:
 a. serve
as
the
primary
collective
of
the
organization
where
its
programs
and
advocacies
and
 various
reform‐oriented
activities
are
carried
out;
 b. be
 the
 basic
 repository
 of
 membership
 records,
 and
 thus
 shall
 implement
 a
 system
 to
 manage
such
records;
 c. carry
 out
 the
 goals
 and
 objectives
 of
 the
 organization
 by
 performing
 collectively
 and
 in
 an
 organized
manner
the
roles
and
functions
of
the
members
and
the
committees
as
defined
in
 this
Constitution
and
By‐laws;

 d. design,
 develop
 and
 implement
 localized
 programs
 and
 activities
 based
 on
 the
 core
 advocacies
and
in
view
of
the
organizational
goals
and
objectives;


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e. promote
the
culture
of
volunteerism
in
the
context
of
collective
and
proactive
response
in
 the
 design,
 development
 and
 implementation
 of
 chapter‐based
 and
 chapter‐specific
 programs;
and
 f. endeavor
 to
 create
 and
 establish
 its
 own
 unique,
 local
 identity
 or
 color
 in
 the
 spirit
 of
 multiculturalism.
 
 Section
7.
Chapter
Duties
and
Responsibilities.
It
is
the
responsibility
of
each
chapter
to:

 a. manage,
 supervise
 and
 direct
 its
 development
 and
 expansion
 in
 view
 of
 the
 goals
 and
 objectives,
 guided
 by
 the
 principles,
 and
 anchored
 on
 the
 core
 advocacies
 of
 the
 organization.
 b. perform
in
a
collective
and
organized
manner
the
duties
and
responsibilities
of
the
members
 and
committees
of
the
organization
as
defined
in
this
Constitution
and
By‐laws;
 c. determine
 their
 activities
 to
 be
 chapter‐specific
 with
 the
 end
 in
 view
 of
 attaining
 the
 organization
 goals
 and
 objectives,
 anchored
 on
 the
 core
 advocacies
 and
 guided
 by
 the
 principles
of
the
Green
Team
Pilipinas;
 d. consult
with
national
bodies
such
as
the
National
Executive
Committee,
the
National
Council
 and
 the
 National
 Secretariat
 in
 the
 design,
 planning,
 development
 and
 implementation
 of
 their
 chapter‐based
 and
 chapter‐specific
 activities
 in
 accordance
 with
 the
 organizational
 principles,
goals
and
objectives
and
core
advocacies;
 e. submit
acvivity
and
internal
reports,
on
a
regular
basis
or
as
often
as
necessity
warrants
it,
to
 the
 National
 Secretariat
 in
 the
 absence
 of
 the
 middle
 channels
 such
 as
 the
 provincial
 and
 regional
chapters.
 
 
 Article
VIII
 NATIONAL
ORGANS
AND
FORMATIONS


 
 Section
1.
The
National
Assembly.
The
National
Assembly
shall
be
the
highest
governing
and
policy‐ making
body
of
the
Organization.
 a.
 Powers.
The
National
Assembly
shall
have
the
following
exclusive
powers
to:
 i. elect
the
national
officers
of
the
Organization,
comprising
the
following:
 1. National
Chair
 2. National
Vice
Chair
 3. National
President
 4. National
Vice
President
for
Membership
 5. National
Vice
President
for
Finance
 6. National
Vice
President
for
Programs
and
Advocacies
 7. National
Vice
President
Legal
and
Public
Affairs
 8. National
Treasurer
 9. National
Auditor
 10. National
Arbiter
 11. National
Ombudsman

 12. National
Secretary‐General
 ii. ratify
and
amend
the
Constitution
and
By‐laws
of
the
Organization;
 iii. amend
and
revise
the
Organization’s
National
Action
Agenda;
and
 iv. act
 on
 the
 recommendations
 submitted
 to
 it
 by
 the
 National
 Council
 and
 National
 Executive
Committee.
 b.
 Delegation.
Representation
to
the
National
Assembly
is
proportional
to
the
membership
of
 local
chapters
and
national
bodies
and
organ
formations,
and
shall
consist
of
the
following:


 i. Representatives
from
the
Municipal,
City,
Provincial,
and
Regional
Chapters
 ii. Members
of
the
National
Council


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iii. Members
of
the
National
Executive
Committee
 iv. Members
of
the
National
Secretariat
 v. Members
of
the
National
Advisory
Council
 c.
 Regular
Assembly.
The
Regular
National
Assembly
shall
convene
once
a
year.
 d.
 Special
Assembly.
A
Special
Assembly
may
be
convened
upon
the
petition
of
at
least
2/3
of
 all
the
Members
of
the
National
Council
or
by
a
3/4
of
the
general
regular
membership.
 
 Section
2.
The
National
Council.
The
National
Council
shall
be
the
governing
and
policy‐making
body
 of
the
Organizaton
in‐between
national
assemblies.
 a.
 Powers.
The
National
Council
shall
have
the
following
exclusive
powers
to:


 i. select
 and
 appoint
 at
 least
 three
 (3)
 members
 to
 the
 permanent
 National
 Committees,
 comprising
 the
 committees
 on
 Membership,
 Finance,
 Programs
 and
 Advocacies,
and
Legal
and
Public
Affairs;
 ii. formulate
the
Organization’s
official
stand
on
national
or
regional
issues/concerns;
 iii. approve
the
Organization’s
National
Action
Agenda,
the
National
Strategic
Plan,
and
 review
 any
proposal
 for
 amendments/revisions
 to
 the
 Organization’s
 Constitution
 and
By‐laws
before
submission
to
the
National
Assembly
for
ratification;
 iv. to
 promulgate
 the
 By‐laws,
 rules
 and
 regulations
 and
 formulate
 policies
 and
 guidelines
of
the
Organization
when
necessity
warrants;
 v. to
 act
 on
 recommendations
 submitted
 to
 it
 by
 the
 National
 Executive
 Committee,
 including
membership
restitution
for
valid
reasons;
 vi. to
 create
 a
 Commission
 on
 Elections
 (COMELEC)
 to
 oversee
 the
 conduct
 of
 its
 internal
democratic
exercise;
 vii. to
create
committees,
special
bodies
and
formations
when
necessary;
 viii. to
resolve
with
finality
all
electoral
protests
down
to
the
municipal
chapter
level;
 ix. to
promulgate
its
own
internal
rules
and
regulations
to
further
strengthen
the
same.
 b.
 Composition.
The
National
Council
shall
be
composed
of
the
following:
 i. National
Chair
 ii. National
President
 iii. National
Secretary
General
 iv. National
Ombudsman
 v. One
(1)
representative
from
each
of
the
Local
Chapter
 vi. One
 (1)
 representative
 from
 each
 of
 the
 following
 groups
 within
 the
 Organization:
 (a)
women,
(b)
young
professionals,
(c)
senior
citizens,
(d)
business
and
finance,
(e)
 legal
 profession,
 (f)
 academe,
 (g)
 public
 service
 [elective],
 (h)
 government
 service
 [appointive,
(i)
media,
(j)
religious
 vii. Chair
Emeritus
 c.
 Manner
of
Election
 i. Except
for
Local
Chapter
Representatives,
all
members
of
the
National
Council
shall
 be
 elected
 by
 a
 plurality
 vote
 of
 all
 the
 voting
 members
 of
 the
 National
 Assembly
 from
nominations
made
by
any
Member
of
the
Organization
in
good
standing.
 ii. Local
Chapter
Representatives
shall
be
elected
by
their
respective
chapters.
 iii. The
Chair
Emeritus
shall
be
chosen
by
acclamation
by
the
National
Council.
 d.
 Meetings.
 The
 National
 Council
 shall
 convene
 within
 30
 days
 after
 the
 National
 Assembly
 and
every
three
(3)
months
thereafter.



 e.
 Vacancies.
In
cases
of
vacancies
in
the
National
Council,
the
Council
shall
fill
such
vacancies
 in
the
following
manner:


 i. Vacancies
among
Chapter
Representatives
shall
be
filled
from
among
the
nominees
 from
the
areas
concerned.

 ii. Vacancies
 in
 the
 National
 Executive
 Committee
 shall
 be
 elected
 from
 among
 the
 Members
of
the
National
Council.




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Section
3.
The
National
Executive
Committee
 a.
 Powers.
The
National
Executive
Committee
shall
have
the
following
powers
to:


 i. appoint
the
following
officers
in
the
National
Secretariat
 ii. approve
the
program
and
agenda
for
all
meetings
of
the
National
Congress
and
the
 National
Council;
 iii. approve
all
fees
and
annual
dues
to
be
imposed
on
members
of
the
Organization;
 iv. ensure
the
provision
of
the
operational
needs
of
the
Organization;
and
 v. ensure
 the
 implementation
 of
 the
 Organization’s
 plans,
 programs
 and
 policies
 in
 accordance
 to
 its
 goals
 and
 objectives
 anchored
 on
 its
 principles
 and
 core
 advocacies.
 b.
 Composition.
The
National
Executive
Committee
shall
be
composed
of
the
following:
 i. National
President
 ii. National
Vice
President
for
Membership
 iii. National
Vice
President
for
Finance
 iv. National
Vice
President
for
Programs
and
Policies
 v. National
Vice
President
for
Legal
and
Public
Affairs
 vi. The
National
Secretary‐General
 vii. National
Treasurer
 viii. National
Auditor
 ix. National
Arbiter
 
 Section
4.
The
National
Advisory
Council.
The
Organization
shall
utilize
the
technical
expertise
of
its
 senior
members,
associates
and
friends
coming
from
the
different
sectors
and
institutions
who
shall
 contribute
to
the
achievement
of
the
Organizational
goals
and
objectives.
 a. Role
 of
 the
 National
 Advisory
 Council.
 The
 National
 Advisory
 Council
 shall
 be
 the
 technical
 assistance
 arm
 and
 consultative
 body
 of
 the
 National
 Council
 and
 the
 National
Executive
 Committee
on
management
and
strategic
operational
concerns
of
the
Organization.
 b. Composition,
Nomination
and
Election.
The
National
Advisory
Council
may
be
composed
of
 as
 many
 members
 from
 the
 different
 sectors
 and
 professions
 nominated
 and
 approved
 by
 the
National
Council.
 c. The
National
Advisory
Council
shall
be
presided
by
the
Chair
Emeritus.
 
 Section
5.
Other
Committees
and
Formations.
The
National
Council
may
create
other
permanent
or
 ad
 hoc
 committees
 and
 formations
 that
 shall
 address
 specific
 sectoral
 and
 national
 issues
 and
 concerns
pertinent
to
the
core
advocacies
of
the
Organization.
This
may
include
formal
partnerships
 and
alliances
with
elected
local
or
national
officials
of
the
government,
political
parties
and
institutes
 and
other
similar
bodies.
 
 
 Article
IX
 NATIONAL
EXECUTIVE
OFFICERS


 
 Section
1.
The
National
Chair.
The
National
Chair
shall:
 a. be
the
head
and
presiding
officer
of
the
National
Council.
 b. serve
as
a
Co‐Presiding
officer
of
the
National
Assembly.
 c. also
be
the
primary
spokesperson
of
the
Organization.
 d. together
 with
 the
 National
 President,
 be
 the
 official
 representative
 of
 the
 Organization
 to
 relevant
local
and
international
conferences,
forums,
discussions,
dialogues,
assemblies
and
 similar
activities.
 
 


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Section
2.
The
National
Vice‐Chair.
The
National
Vice‐Chair
shall:
 a. assume
 the
 responsibilities
 of
 the
 National
 Chair
 in
 the
 case
 of
 the
 latter’s
 incapacity,
 resignation,
removal
from
office
or
death.
 b. preside
over
or
head
a
regular
or
permanent
committee
and
shall
perform
other
functions
 as
required
by
the
National
Council.
 
 Section
3.
The
National
President.
The
National
President
shall:
 a. together
 with
 the
 National
 Chair,
 be
 the
 official
 representative
 of
 the
 Organization
 to
 relevant
local
and
international
conferences,
forums,
discussions,
dialogues,
assemblies
and
 similar
activities.
 b. assume
oversight
responsibility
of
the
Organization’s
operations.
 c. be
the
Presiding
Officer
of
the
National
Executive
Committee
and
Co‐Presiding
Officer
of
the
 National
Assembly.

 d. act
as
the
chief
executive
officer
of
the
Organization
who
directs
the
implementation
of
its
 plans
and
programs,
policies
and
advocacies,
and
manage
and
supervise
its
operations.
 e. exercise
 the
 authority
 to
 disburse
 funds
 for
 the
 annual
 general
 budget
 approved
 by
 the
 National
 Executive
 Committee
 and
 other
 disbursements
 necessary
 in
 the
 operation
 and
 maintenance
of
the
Organization.
 
 Section
 4.
 The
 National
 Vice‐Presidents.
 There
 shall
 be
 four
 (4)
 National
 Vice
 Presidents
 for
 Membership,
namely:
National
Vice
President
for
Membership,
National
Vice
President
for
Finance,
 National
Vice
President
Programs
and
Advocacies,
and
National
Vice
President
for
Legal
and
Public
 Affairs.
 The
 National
 Vice‐Presidents
 shall
 perform
 specific
 functions
 and
 shared
 tasks.
 When
 the
 National
 President
 is
 incapacitated,
 resigned,
 removed
 from
 office
 or
 in
 the
 case
 of
 death,
 the
 National
Council
shall
appoint
from
among
the
four
National
Vice
Presidents
as
an
Interim
President
 who
shall
serve
the
remainder
of
the
term
of
the
National
President
in
case
of
the
latter’s
incapacity,
 resignation,
 removal
 from
 office
 or
 death.
 All
 these
 four
 (4)
 vice
 presidents
 shall
 preside
 over
 or
 head
a
regular
or
permanent
committee
and
shall
perform
such
other
functions
as
may
be
required
 of
them
by
the
National
Chair
or
the
National
Executive
Committee.
 a. The
Vice
President
for
Membership
shall:
 i. assume
the
primary
responsibility
of
expanding
the
membership
base
by
recruiting
 members
to
the
Organization;
 ii. design,
 develop,
 and
 implement,
 upon
 approval
 by
 the
 National
 Executive
 Committee,
an
Organization‐wide
membership
recruitment;
 iii. design
 and
 develop
 a
 membership
 orientation
 and
 training
 and
 development
 programs
for
the
members
of
the
Organization,
together
with
the
Vice
President
for
 Programs
and
Policies;
 iv. work
with
local
chapters
on
membership
expansion,
education
and
development;

 v. ensure
 the
 full
 implementation
 of
 membership
 policies
 of
 the
 Organization
 as
 provided
for
in
Article
IV
of
this
Constitution
and
By‐laws;
and
 vi. perform
 other
 duties
 and
 responsibilities
 as
 may
 be
 required
 by
 the
 National
 Executive
Committee.
 b. The
Vice
President
for
Finance
shall:
 i. be
the
chief
fund‐raiser
of
the
Organization;
 ii. ensure
 the
 full
 implementation
 of
 the
 finalcial
 policies
 of
 the
 Organization
 as
 provided
for
in
Article
V
of
this
Constitution
and
By‐laws;
and
 iii. perform
 other
 duties
 and
 responsibilities
 as
 may
 be
 required
 by
 the
 National
 Executive
Committee.
 c. The
Vice
President
for
Programs
and
Advocacies
shall:
 i. assume
the
primary
responsibility
in
the
promotion
and
further
development
of
the
 Organization’s
core
advocacies
to
attain
its
vision,
goals
and
objectives;


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ii. provide
 content,
 substance
 and
 specific
 action
 plans
 to
 the
 core
 advocacies
 of
 the
 Organization;
 iii. design,
 develop
 and
 implement,
 upon
 approval
 by
 the
 National
 Executive
 Committee,
a
comprehensive
Organization‐wide
Strategic
Programs
and
Advocacies
 Action
Plan;
 iv. review
all
program
and
project
proposals
to
ensure
that
contents,
message,
and
the
 objectives
of
such
proposals
are
in
full
alignment
with
the
Organizational
principles,
 purposes,
goals
and
objectives
and
priorities,
together
with
the
three
(3)
other
vice
 presidents;
 v. perform
 other
 duties
 and
 responsibilities
 as
 may
 be
 required
 by
 the
 National
 Executive
Committee
 d. The
Vice
President
for
Legal
and
Public
Affairs
shall:
 i. be
 primarily
 responsible
 for
 the
 design,
 development
 and
 implementation,
 upon
 approval
 of
 the
 National
 Executive
 Committee,
 of
 the
 Organization’s
 Strategic
 Communications
Plan
 ii. design
and
develop
communication
strategies
to
promote
the
core
advocacies
and
 enhance
the
image
of
the
Organization;
 iii. engage
and
utilize
all
the
available
media
and
social
networks
on
the
Internet
in
the
 promotion
 and
 projection
 of
 the
 principles,
 core
 advocacies
 and
 an
 image
 of
 integrity
of
the
Organization;
 iv. ensure
 that
 all
 official
 communication
 materials
 emanating
 from
 the
 Organization,
 especially
 those
 intended
 for
 public
 consumption,
 shall
 be
 free
 of
 any
 libelous,
 derogatory,
 defamatory,
 racist,
 and
 gender‐insensitive
 statement/s
 or
 any
 other
 type
 or
 form
 of
 offensive
 statement
 or
 element
 that
 warrant
 censure
 or
 legal
 sanction
for
the
Organization;
 v. articulate
the
vision,
mission,
goals
and
objectives,
principles
and
core
advocacies
of
 the
Organization
in
all
its
communication
programs
and
collaterals;
and
 vi. perform
 other
 duties
 and
 responsibilities
 as
 may
 be
 required
 by
 the
 National
 Executive
Committee.
 
 Section
5.
The
National
Treasurer.
The
National
Treasurer
shall:
 a. have
primary
custodial
responsibility
of
all
the
Organization’s
funds
and
other
resources.

 b. ensure
prompt
and
proper
collection
of
all
dues,
payments
and
other
receivables
in
favor
of
 the
Organization.
 c. certify
to
availability
of
funds,
disburse
such
funds
in
a
manner
and
system
approved
by
the
 National
 Executive
 Committee
 and
 based
 on
 the
 financial
 policies
 in
 this
 Constitution
 and
 By‐laws.

 d. maintain
 an
 accurate
 financial
 report
 and
 records
 of
 the
 Organization
 and
 submit
 these
 to
 the
National
Executive
Committee.

 e. assist
the
National
President
in
the
Preparation
of
the
annual
budget
of
the
Organization
for
 the
approval
of
the
National
Executive
Committee.
 
 Section
6.
The
National
Auditor.
The
National
Auditor
shall:
 a. have
the
powers
to
review
and
audit
all
the
financial
transactions
of
the
Organization.

 b. report
to
the
National
Executive
Committee
his/her
findings
on
the
manner
and
procedure
 by
 which
 all
 the
 financial
 transactions
 were
 undertaken
 by
 the
 authorized
 officers
 of
 the
 organization.
 
 Section
7.
The
National
Arbiter.
The
National
Arbiter
shall:
 a. be
 the
 chief
 mediations
 and
 reconciliation
 officer
 for
 all
 disputes
 within
 the
 Organization
 involving
individuals,
committees
and
chapters.



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b. recommend
 the
 formation
 of
 special
 body,
 task
 force,
 or
 committee
 to
 the
 National
 Executive
Committee
to
address
such
disputes
 c. submit
 his/her
 findings
 and
 recommendations
 to
 the
 National
 Council
 for
 appropriate
 action.
 
 Section
8.
The
National
Ombudsman.
The
National
Ombudsman
shall:
 a. be
 the
 chief
 implementer
 of
 the
 Code
 of
 Conduct
 and
 Discipline
 expected
 of
 all
 members
 and
officers
of
the
Organization.
 b. be
the
chief
investigator
and
prosecutor
of
cases
filed
by
any
member
or
officer
against
any
 member
or
officer
of
the
Organization.
 c. initiate
 investigations,
 processes
 and
 procedures
 for
 the
 prosecution
 and
 disciplinary
 proceedings
 of
 cases
 on
 performance,
 responsibilities,
 functions,
 and
 official
 conduct

 members
and
elected
officers
of
the
Organization.
 d. recommend
to
National
Executive
Committee
the
creation
of
special
bodies
or
committees
 to
handle
investigations
and
processes
of
such
cases.
 e. submit
 his/her
 findings
 and
 recommendation
 to
 the
 National
 Executive
 Committee
 for
 appropriate
action.

 
 Section
8.
The
National
Secretary‐General.
The
National
Secretary‐General
shall:

 a. be
chief
administrative
officer
of
the
Organization
in
charge
of
the
day‐to‐day
operations
of
 the
Organization.
 b. implement
the
directives
of
the
National
Executive
Committee.
 c. Ensure
the
safety
and
accessibility
of
the
Organization’s
records
and
documents
for
official
 purposes.
 d. assist
 the
 National
 President
 in
 the
 management
 and
 oversight
 of
 the
 Organization’s
 operations,
 including
 resource
 generation
 and
 allocation,
 research
 and
 development,
 recruitment,
liaison,
documentation,
communications,
and
publications.


 e. coordinate
 the
 activities
 of
 the
 Organization
 in
 its
 various
 chapters
 for
 information
 and
 publication
purposes.
 f. prepare
 the
 agenda,
 minutes
 and
 program
 for
 all
 meetings
 of
 the
 National
 Assembly,

 the
 National
Council,
and
the
National
Executive
Committee.


 g. establish
 and
 maintain
 the
 National
 Secretariat
 and
 preside
 over
 all
 meetings
 of
 the
 same
 and
 hire
 or
 cause
 the
 hiring
 of
 qualified
 staff
 and/or
 volunteer
 to
 assist
 him/her
 in
 the
 performance
of
his
functions,
duties
and
responsibilities.
 h. Perform
 other
 functions,
 duties
 and
 responsibilities
 required
 of
 him/her
 by
 the
 National
 Executive
Committee.
 
 
 Article
X
 THE
NATIONAL
SECRETARIAT

 
 Section
 1.
 Functions.
 The
 National
 Secretariat
 shall
 be
 the
 chief
 administrative,
 coordination
 and
 operations
arm
of
the
Organization,
ensuring
the
efficient
and
effective
performance
of
all
operating
 committees
and
national
organs
of
the
Organization.
 
 Section
 2.
 Local
 Secretariats.
 Secretariats
 in
 local
 chapters
 may
 be
 established
 and
 maintained
 by
 the
National
Secretariat
or
by
the
local
chapters
as
resources
and
necessities
may
require.
 
 
 
 


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Article
XI
 MEETINGS


 
 Section
 1.
 Regular
 Meetings.
 A
 regular
 meeting
 shall
 be
 held
 by
 each
 unit,
 committee
 or
 body,
 including
 all
 chapters
 in
 the
 Organization
 to
 discuss
 its
 business,
 plans
 and
 activities,
 the
 date
 and
 venue
of
which
shall
be
agreed
and
approved
by
the
simple
majority
of
the
same.
 
 Section
2.
Quorom.
A
simple
majority
of
all
its
Members
shall
constitute
a
quorum
for
a
meeting
of
 any
unit,
committee
or
body
in
the
Organization.
 
 Section
3.
Decisions.
No
decision
of
any
unit,
committee
or
body
shall
be
valid
and
binding
if
arrived
 at
in
the
absence
of
a
quorum.



 
 Section
4.
Motions.
Unless
otherwise
provided
for
in
this
Constitution,
a
simple
majority
vote
of
the
 members
present
 shall
 suffice
to
 approve
any
motion
during
 a
meeting
by
any
unit,
 committee
or
 body.
 
 Section
 5.
 Special
 Meetings.
 Special
 Meetings
 may
 be
 held
 only
 upon
 a
 written
 notice
 to
 all
 Members
concerned
at
least
five
(5)
days
before
the
date
of
the
said
meeting.

 
 
 Article
XII
 ELECTION
AND
SELECTION
 
 Section
1.
Election
of
Officers.
All
officers
of
the
Organization
shall
be
elected
by
plurality
of
votes
of
 the
respective
body,
unit
or
chapter.

 
 Section
2.
Date
of
Election.
Elections
for
National
positions
shall
be
held
on
the
26th
of
August
every
 year.
Elections
in
the
local
chapters
may
be
held
earlier
than
the
elections
for
the
national
positions.
 
 Section
 3.
 Terms
 of
 Office.
 All
 elected
 officers
 shall
 serve
 the
 Organization
 for
 one
 year,
 unless
 otherwise
provided
for
in
this
Constitution
and
By‐laws.
 
 Section
4.
Limitation
on
Elective
Posts.
No
member
may
hold
or
maybe
voted
to
more
than
one
(1)
 elective
post
within
the
Organization.
In
the
case
of
chapter
representation
to
the
National
Council
 and
 National
 Assembly,
 the
 local
 chapters
 mere
 nominate
 their
 representatives
 to
 such
 national
 bodies.
 
 Section
 5.
 Participation
 to
 Elective
 Politics.
 It
 is
 the
 policy
 of
 the
 Organization
 not
 to
 participate
 directly
 in
 elective
 politics
 by
 fielding
 a
 candidate
 from
 among
 its
 members,
 nor
 it
 shall
 allow
 any
 member
 to
 recruit
 from
 among
 its
 ranks
 for
 membership
 to
 any
 of
 the
 existing
 political
 parties
 registered
with
the
Commission
on
Elections
(COMELEC)
of
the
Philippines.
 
 
 Article
XIII
 DISCIPLINE
AND
INTERNAL
DEMOCRACY
 
 Section
1.
Code
of
Discipline.
The

Organization,
through
the
Ombudsman,
shall
formulate
a
Code
of
 Discipline
 prescribing
 all
 procedures
 and
 guidelines
 pertinent
 to
 arbitration
 and
 discipline
 and
 implement
these
upon
approval
by
the
National
Council.

 


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Section
2.
Grounds
for
Disciplinary
Action.
Disciplinary
proceedings
may
be
initiated
by
any
officer
 or
member
against
any
officer
or
member
by
filing
complainst
on
any
of
the
following
grounds:
 gross
 violation
 of
 the
 Constitution
 and
 By‐laws,
 policies,
rules
 and
 regulations,
 or
 decisions
 of
 the
 Organization:
 a. gross
violation
of
the
Constituion
and
By‐laws
of
the
Organization
 b. malversation
of
the
Organization’s
funds;
 c. misrepresentation
of
the
Organization;
 d. failure
 in
 the
 performance
 of
 official
 duties,
 which
 includes
 attendances
 to
 regular
 and
 special
meetings;
 e. non‐payment
of
dues,
fees
or
assessments
;
 f. gross
misconduct;
 g. abuse
of
authority;

 h. violence
 and/or
 discrimination
 in
 any
 form
 against
 any
 member,
 on
 the
 basis
 of
 gender,
 belief
or
on
non‐belief,
ethnicity,
and
culture;
and
 i. any
act
inimical
to
the
interests
of
the
Party
 
 Section
3.
Sanctions
and
Penalties.
The
following
sanctions/penalties
shall
be
meted
on
any
officer
 or
member
if
he/is
proven
in
violation
of
Article
XIII,
Section
2
of
this
Constitution
and
By‐laws:


 a. Suspension
 b. Fine
 c. Expulsion
 d. Removal
from
office
 
 Section
4.
Additional
and/or
Other
Sanctions.
The
following
additional
sanctions
may
also
be
meted
 on
the
erring
officer
or
members:



 a. Reprimand
 b. Censure
 
 Section
 5.
 Decision.
 Unless
 overturned
 by
 the
 National
 Council,
 the
 decision
 of
 the
 National
 Executive
Committee
shall
be
final.
 
 Section
6.
Rules
of
Arbitration.
The
National
Arbiter
shall
formulate
Rules
of
Arbitration
prescribing
 all
principles,
procedures,
and
guidelines
pertinent
to
the
arbitration
of
internal
disputes
within
the
 Organization.
 
 
 Article
XIV
 AMENDMENTS
AND
IMPLEMENTING
RULES
AND
REGULATIONS
 
 Section
1.
Amendments
and
Revisions.


 a.
 Proposal.
 Amendments
 and
 revisions
 to
 this
 Constitution
 and
 By‐laws
 may
 be
 proposed
 in
 writing
to
the
National
Council
by
any
Member
in
good
standing.


 b.
 Approval.
If
approved
by
the
National
Council,
after
due
deliberations,
by
a
two‐thirds
(2/3)
 majority
vote
of
all
its
Members,
such
amendment
and
revision
proposal
shall
be
submitted
 to
the
National
Assembly
for
ratification.


 c.
 Amendments
 and
 revisions.
 Proposed
 amendments
 and
 revisions
 shall
 be
 ratified
 by
 the
 National
Assembly
by
a
two‐thirds
(2/3)
majority
vote
of
all
its
Members.



 
 Section
2.
By‐laws
and
Implementing
Rules
and
Regulations.
Upon
the
adoption
of
amendments
or
 revision
 of
 this
 Constitution
 and
 By‐laws,
 the
 National
 Council
 shall
 convene
 to
 formulate
 the
 Implementing
Rules
and
Regulations.


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Article
XV
 EFFECTIVITY
 
 This
Constitution
and
By‐Laws
shall
take
effect
immediately
upon
its
approval
and
ratification
by
the
 appropriate
body
of
the
Organization,
to
the
provisions
of
Article
XIV
of
this
Constitutions
and
By‐ Laws.


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