NCIP ready to fill post vacated by Sudagar

THE NATIONAL Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) said the seat will be vacant only on April 18, contrary to the statement of Vice Mayor Bernard Al-ag on Tuesday declaring the post of Indigenous Peoples’ representative at the council open.

During the regular session Tuesday, Al-ag announced that Incumbent IPMR Councilor Halila Sudagar ended her term last March 30.

For Cristito Ingay, head of the NCIP in the city, Sudagar has until April 18 to vacate her post.

“Insofar as the NCIP is concerned, (the term) should not be based on the issuance of certificate of affirmation (COA),” Ingay said. He did not elaborate any further.

Even then, the NCIP is ready to fill the post that will be vacated by Sudagar.

“The validation for the IPMR to the council is set on April 5, upon which the selection of the next IPMR shall be based,” Ingay said.

He added that the selection is set on April 12.

The implementing rules and regulation of the City Government of Davao Ordinance Number 0448-10 “providing for mandatory representation to the Sangguniang Panlungsod (City Council) of the six major IPs within its territory,” provides that the IPMR should be a natural born Filipino, registered voter of the city, bona fide IP by blood or consanguinity, acknowledged leader of the tribe, has continuously engaged in IP undertakings, able to read and write and is knowledgeable of the IP customs.

Sudagar was set to turn over her post to a member of the Klata tribe.

Based on the term-sharing scheme of the city ordinance, Ata was the first, followed by Kagan, then Bagobo Klata, Babogo Tagabawa, Matigsalog, and the Ovu Manuvu.

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