Sudagar says goodbye to council

OUTGOING indigenous people’s mandatory representative (IPMR) Halila Sudagar bade farewell to her colleagues at the City Council.

Sudagar, in her farewell message, thanked her fellow council members for supporting her programs that promote the welfare of the Lumads.

“It is indeed an honor to serve the indigenous communities of Davao City and be part of this highly respectable local legislative institution,” she said.

The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) is set to select the new IPMR to the local council 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.”

The IPMR should be a natural born Filipino, registered voter of the city, bona fide Lumad by blood or consanguinity, acknowledged leader of the tribe, has continuously engaged in undertakings to uplift the lives of the indigenous people, be 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.

Meanwhile, newly appointed Councilor Carmelo Clarion, in his first privilege speech yesterday, thanked all the people for supporting him.

“With the trust given to me, I will pay it with genuine and god-fearing service to the people of Davao, especially the residents of the third district,” Clarion said.

Clarion, during the Pulong Pulong ni Pulong, said he would prioritize the needs of the barangays such as potable water supply.

Moreover, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, in a statement, is optimistic that Clarion will help in the legislation of laws that could bring improvement, not only in the third district but the entire city as well, including in matters of security and public service.

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