LANTAPAN, Bukidnon (PIA)—The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP)-Northern Mindanao is pushing for the operationalization of the 11 building blocks of a responsive and resilient Indigenous Peoples (IP) communities.
In a two-day “Healing and Reconciliation” forum held here in Barangay Songco, June 21 and 22, NCIP-10 Regional Director Ana Burgos outlined the 11 dynamics that must be promoted to realize the IPRA’s goals of redressing historical injustice and recognizing, respecting, protecting, and promoting IP rights.
“This workshop on ‘Healing, Reconciliation, and Operationalizing the 11 Building Blocks is one of the NCIP’s primary efforts to forge resilient and responsive indigenous cultural communities. We teamed up with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, former rebels, and government agencies, among others, to solve problems—particularly the burning issues—not only in Bukidnon but across region 10. We need cooperation, close coordination, and dialogues because NCIP cannot complete these tasks without the support of various government agencies,” Burgos said.
These 11 building blocks provided in the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act(IPRA) are Confirmation of Indigenous Political Structure (IPS); Registration and Accreditation of Indigenous Peoples Organizations; Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title and Certificate of Ancestral Land Title Delineation Process; establishment of AD Management Office; Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development and Protection Plan Formulation;
IP Wealth Management-Community Resource Management Development Plan Formulation; Institutionalization of CP: Free, Prior and Informed Consent and Exercise of Priority Rights; effective IPMR in the Local Legislative Bodies; efficient and enhanced MOA/MOU/MOC Formulation, Socio-Economic Activities with IP Cooperatives, and Ancestral Domain Defense System.
The NCIP delegation has warned that unless IPs are strengthened, a few people exposed to the mainstream culture of a cash economy, individualism, and consumerism will come to dominate at the expense of weak members, causing customary laws and sacred traditions to be lost forever and ancestral domains to be divided and distributed to non-IPs.
Assistant Regional Director Raymond Lopez of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA)-10 likewise calls for everyone’s full support of the government’s whole-of-nation approach to alleviate poverty and end local communist armed conflict.
“NICA fully supports NCIP, including all IPs in Region 10. Ang opisina natin ay umiikot sa buong region 10, meeting and engaging the IP groups in discussions, assisting them not only in their needs but also in providing them with knowledge so that they will never become recruits for the communist terrorist groups,” he said.
For their part, Battalion Commanders Lt. Col. Anthony Bacus of 8IB and Lt. Col. Christian James Vingno of 88IB said the Philippine Army has whipped up its commitment to support NCIP’s efforts in addressing the pressing issues in IP communities to attain just and lasting peace. (RLRB/PIA-10/Bukidnon)
Datu Bawan Jake Llanes, Executive Director of the Mindanao Indigenous Peoples Council of Elders (MIPCEL) underscores the 11 building blocks of responsive and resilient Indigenous Peoples (IP) communities in a two-day “Healing and Reconciliation” forum in Songco, Lantapan, Bukidnon on June 21 and 22. (BGE/PIA Bukidnon)