DAVAO CITY (PIA) – A regional confederation of Indigenous People Mandatory Representatives (IPMRs) has been formed in the region, in a bid to institutionalize the IPMRs in every region and in the entire country.
The Davao Region IPMR League was organized last week of October this year during the three-day IPMR Summit spearheaded by the National Commission on Indigenous People Region XI (NCIP-XI) in Davao City.
More than 140 provincial, municipal and city IPMRs from various tribal groups, attended the first IP Summit where they selected the first set of officers of their IPMR league, which happened to be the first to be created in the country.
“Ito’y nakakonekta o naka angkla doon sa gagawin natin sa national na national IPMR summit league kung saan mamimili din sila ng national leaders nila na mga IPMRs at yun ay gagawa tayo ng isang organization na kumakatawan sa mga IPMRs sa buong bansa,” explained Reynaldo Dingal, bureau director of NCIP’s Office of Empowerment and Human Rights.
Dingal said that the establishment of IPMR leagues is one way for the IPs to be united, to have one voice and for them to provide support to NCIP’s promotion of policies and advocacies for the IPs and indigenous cultural communities (ICCs) in the country.
“Magkaroon siya ng mga collective na mga programa at activities and projects na dadalhin sa national, sapagkat ang NCIP kailangan din ng isang katuwang sa pagpapalaganap nitong kanyang mga polisiya,” Dingal stated.
“Lalong-lalo na sa paghingi ng mga budgets sa pangangalap ng mga proyekto para sa mga indigenous peoples sa iba’t ibang communities ng ancestral domain sapagkat maraming mga programa ang iba’t ibang ahensya ng gobyerno na pinatutupad para sa mga indigenous peoples,” he added.
The NCIP also proposed for the IPMR leagues to be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the organizations to have legitimate representation of IPMRs in the country, like the League of Municipalities or League of Councilors of the Philippines.
“We’re so very glad to inform everybody that the IPMRs league of Davao Region is already organized,” stated Davao del Sur provincial IPMR Bae Norma Rivera who is the first elected-president of the regional league.
Rivera shared that the officers already have initial plans, but they need to sit down with all provincial IPMRs and board of trustees to do concrete planning.
“Sa lahat ng mga IPs sa Davao Region, let us work hand in hand for the success of the sustainable peace and development of our individual IP communities,” she called on for unity of all IP groups in the region.
The other officers are: vice-president Eleuterio Manaytay (Davao Oriental); secretary Fulong Marcelino San (Davao Occidental); treasurer Albert Camana (Davao de Oro); and auditor Datu Ariel Marcla (Davao del Norte).
The organization’s public information officers are: Bae Jessica Ado (Tagum City), Marcelo Ngap, Jr. (City of Samal), Bae Linda Regidor (Digos City); Matanem Jonathan Awing (Davao City), Likid Baudillo Miones (Mati City) and Datu Rodrigo Ambasan (Panabo City).
Pursuant to NCIP Administrative Order No. 1, Series of 1998, or the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 8371, the ICCs/IPs shall be provided mandatory representation in all policy making bodies and in local legislative councils.
The IPMRs are qualified and chosen by their respective communities in accordance with their own process. (PIA-XI/Carina L. Cayon/Photo by Loel Balangauan)