Council to NCIP: Affirm Codilla as IPMR

The City Council urged the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) to issue a certificate to affirm Cherry Ann Ortiz-Codilla as the indigenous peoples’ mandatory representative (IPMR) in the city.

During Tuesday’s regular session, the legislators unanimously approved the proposed resolution of councilor Jesus Joseph Zozobrado to ask the NCIP to issue a certification of affirmation in favor of Codilla.

As IPMR, Codilla will be serving as a city councilor.

But NCIP Regional Director Geroncio Aguio yesterday signed a notice informing Codilla that they will not issue a COA as she failed to qualify on the basis of her IP affiliation.

Codilla comes from a mix of Bagobo-Klata, Bagobo –Tagabawa, Ovu-Manobo, but most of her ancestors are non-lumad.

NCIP’s guidelines state that for a person to represent a certain tribe, she has to have at least one grandparent who comes purely from the tribe.

“Based on the report of the provincial office, your failure to reach the 25% Bagobo-Klata blood and the five-year track record certified by the NCIP as required by your local guidelines will not warrant the issuance of the certificate of affirmation in your favor,” the notice read.

The Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) claim book is primarily the tool used by the NCIP in tracing the genealogical lineage of an IPMR.

In the session, Lolita Tecson, tribal chieftain in Biao Janga, told the council that her family, including her cousin Codilla, belongs to the Bagobo-Klata clan.

Codilla was supposed to take her oath of office on April 27 after emerging as the winner in a five-cornered fight in the IPMR selection.

However, it was deferred as the NCIP refused to issue her affirmation.

The mandate of Aguio in revalidating the genealogy and other documents on the selection of Codilla was in accordance with the National Guidelines for the Mandatory Representation of Indigenous Peoples in Local Legislative Councils.

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