PGMA to award CADTS in Region 3 Wednesday

May 26, 2009 2:09 pm 

MANILA, May 26 — Committed to leave no doubt about her leadership’s commitment to the land security of the indigenous peoples, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will distribute Certificates of Ancestral Domain Titles (CADTs) in the Municipalities of Mabalacat and Floridablanca in Pampanga tomorrow (Wednesday).

The Indigenous Peoples sector is close to the President’s heart. As a senator she was the principal author of the Ancestral Domain Bill (SBN 1728).

Her Senate bill, which later became Republic Act (RA) No. 8371, otherwise known as the “Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) of 1997,” sought to address the aspirations of the indigenous peoples/indigenous cultural communities through the recognition, protection and promotion of the Rights to Ancestral Domains and Lands, Self-governance and Empowerment, Social Justice and Human Rights and Cultural Integrity.

This law also created the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) which is mandated to promote and protect the welfare of the Indigenous Peoples.

When she assumed the presidency in 2001, the first Executive Order (EO1) she issued institutionalized her intention to leave a lasting legacy to the indigenous peoples.

The EO paved the way for the rebirth of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples and created the Special Task Force on Indigenous Peoples, popularly known as Task Force 63. These presidential issuances sought to insure the safety of IP communities facing actual and potential violence owing to conflicts involving land claims; and Memorandum Order No. 26, Series of 2002 allowing the reorganization of NCIP to ensure its strengthening and revitalization for it to be of better service to the IPs.

The President went further by committing definite target for the issuance of Certificates of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) and Certificates of Ancestral Land Title (CALT).

To be awarded in Mabalacat are titles of the Bamban and Mabalacat Ayta Ancestral Domain, denominated as RO3-BAM-1204-025, located in Barangays of San Nicolas, San Vicente, Sto Niño, portion of Anupul, Calumpang and Marcos Village from the Municipality of Bamban, Tarlac, and Mabalacat, Pampanga with a total land area of 10,323.308 hectares.

This is part of the four Certificates of Ancestral Domain Title (CADTs) that are the subject of the award with a land area of 22,893.5095 hectares and water area of 2,872.9065 hectares or a total of 25,766.416 hectares.

There are 1,399 families belonging to the Ayta and Dumagat indigenous peoples who are beneficiaries of these titles.

The other titles include the Dibut Dumagat Ancestral Domain, denominated as RO3-SLU-1205-039 located at Barangay Dibut, Municipality of San Luis, Province of Aurora with a land area of 2,789.2559 hectares and water area of 2,859.2018 hectares, or a total area of 5,648.4577;

The Pastolan Ayta Ancestral Domain, denominated as RO3-HER-0703-0008 located at Pastolan (Purok 6), Brgy. Tipo, Hermosa, Bataan, with a land area of 4,284.1256 hectares and water area of 13.7047 hectares with a total area of 4,297.8303 hectares;

The Floridablanca Ayta Ancestral Domain, denominated as RO3-FLO-1206-057 located at Barangays Nabuclod and Mawacat, Municipality of Floridablanca, Pampanga, with a land area 5,496.82 hectares. (PNA)

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