NCIP launches PIPE program in Reg-11 to empower Lumads

DESPITE the passage of a special law for the protection of the rights of indigenous peoples (IPs) in the Philippines, the Lumads remain strangers in their own land.

Lawyer Leonor Oralde-Quintayo, NCIP chairperson and NCIP Commissioner for Southern and Eastern Mindanao, told TIMES that the IPs still face 14 major thematic issues despite the passage of the Indigenous People’s Rights Act (IPRA) two decades ago.

According to Quintayo, the 14 major thematic issues and concerns are the following formal recognition of ancestral domains; control and management of ancestral domains by the IPs; NCIP’s capacity to deliver its mandate; destruction of the ecosystems within ancestral domain; non-compliance and violation of the free, prior and informed consent (FPIC); eroding culture of the IPs; weak government system; impact of government services are not felt; overlapping claims over ancestral domains; non-recognition of agencies of IP elders/leaders; displacements of IPs from their ancestral domains; insufficient knowledge of their rights; discrimination of IPs; and peace and unity.

In addressing those issues and concerns, Quintayo said the NCIP designed a strategic plan to empower them, which includes the Philippine Indigenous Peoples Ethnographies (PIPE) program.

“The PIPE program support’s the socio-economic agenda of President Rodrigo Duterte in terms of reengineering and to implement the policy statement of the president that the IPs could contribute to the national development as they have ancestral domains and own agency,” she said.

The NCIP, together with the representatives of the IPs and concerned government agencies, launched the PIPE program in Davao Region yesterday. The PIPE program was nationally launched last Oct 25.

“As part of the launching, all the national government agencies in Davao Region were also urged to implement the Regional Development Council resolution to allocate 1% of their budgets for the IPs,” Quintayo said.

Meanwhile, NCIP-Davao regional director Geroncio Aguio hoped that by the end of year, their office will be able to delineate the remaining ancestral domains in the region. “Hopefully, we will finish delineating the ancestral domain, and by 2018 all ancestral domains will be approved.”

Based on the data of the NCIP 11, there are 11 ancestral domains that are not yet registered.

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