CONCEPCION, Misamis Occidental—The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) conducted inter-agency visit and consultation to the indigenous peoples (IPs) communities in Misamis Occidental, October 2 to provide immediate assistance even in the midst of coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 pandemic.
NCIP visited and checked on the situation of the indigenous cultural communities (ICC)/IPs of Concepcion, Sapang Dalaga, Calamba and Baliangao, Misamis Occidental
Sec. Allen Capuyan, NTF-ELCAC chair, underscored the need to establish means for full economic, social, and cultural development and empowerment among the IPs in order for them to become productive members of the community.
“We intend to do this activity to hear your concerns for us to address your desire to end this long-standing armed conflict,” Capuyan told the IP members in the province.
Capuyan emphasized the salient provisions on the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) as the basis to pursue the efforts of tribal communities for the issuance of CADT for their ancestral domains. The NCIP chair also emphasized IPRA provisions that ensure the rights of the IPs to their ancestral domains.
“Our visits emphasized the four bundles of rights namely rights to ancestral domain, social justice, self-governance, and cultural integrity. These are anchored on the 12 clusters identified under the National Task Force (NTF)-ELCAC program,” said Capuyan.
Meanwhile, First District Rep. Diego Ty reported the programs and services of the government to help the IP communities saying, “The government is here. We cannot solve this problem if you will not tell us. We need unity and your participation.”
The NCIP masterplan will be operationalized by the NTF-ELCAC action plan, which will focus on governance.
In the said event, Capuyan together with NCIP Regional Director Jeanne Anne Zoilo and Office on Empowerment and Human Rights Director Jose Daniel Kimpo led the distribution of 2019 NCIP Annual Report to the national government agencies, local government units (LGUs) and Indigenous People Mandatory Representatives (IPMRs)/IP leaders.
The Department of DSWD through NCIP led by Regional Director Jeanne Anne Zoilo and Office on Empowerment and Human Rights Director Jose Daniel Kimpo also handed over the hygiene kits to IP communities and ancestral domains in Misamis Occidental.
During the consultation, IP members were also given the opportunity to also air their concerns to other national agencies and among their most common concern is on ancestral domain.
NCIP monitored the 115 tribal communities of Misamis Occidental to strengthen President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order 70 which institutionalizes the Whole-of-Nation Approach in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace. (SMRN/PIA Misamis Occidental)