first_img“This is in line with the thrust ofour beloved President to help our IP siblings. You (IPs) have your own land,and what you need to do is develop that based on your culture and tradition,”said Jeorge Largado, NCIP commissioner. ILOILO City – Right to ancestraldomain. Self-governance and empowerment. Social justice and human rights.Cultural integrity. The National Commission on IndigenousPeoples (NCIP) heard the issues and concerns of indigenous cultural communitiesand their leaders. * lack of knowledge of the younggeneration of the IP’s tradition and culture, among others * lack of knowledge of the IPsregarding the process of acquiring land titles for their ancestral domains These were their top concerns,according to indigenous peoples (IPs) who attended a recent three-day Visayas regionalaction planning workshop on IPs at the Diamond Jubilee Hall here. The following also emerged during thepanel discussion: Representatives of line agencies ofthe government were also present. The workshop was also in line with thePresident’s Executive Order 70 institutionalizing the whole-of-nation approachin ending the local communist armed conflict (ELCAC). Thus also present wereofficials from the Philippine Army, Philippine National Police, Department ofLabor and Employment, Department of Social Welfare and Development, andDepartment of Foreign Affairs, among others. * lack of will of some localgovernment units to have Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR) “They have voiced their concerns andissues that can be addressed by various government line agencies,” Largadosaid. “We need to address the issues of the IP. We do not focus on only one,but all of their needs.” (PNA)last_img

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