Genuine reforms at NCIP urged

September 24, 2010 12:34 pm 

By Ben Moses Ebreo

STA. FE, Nueva Vizcaya – An official of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples(NCIP) here has asked President Benigno S. Aquino to appoint genuine commissioners to keep the agency on track with its mandate of serving indigenous communities in the country.

“We are against political accommodation among our ranks and we support genuine representation. We hope the appointments will not be politicized,” said Langley Segundo, NCIP commissioner for Cagayan Valley.

He was referring to the ongoing review of the appointments of NCIP commissioners by Malacanang officials.

“I think we have a 50-50 ratio among those who passed the proper procedures and those who did not,” he said.

NCIP needs 7 commissioners, appointed among ethnographic clustered areas such as Region 2, Region 1 and the Cordillera Administrative Region(CAR); island groups and the Visayas and western, central and north western Mindanao.

Earlier, President Aquino issued Executive Order No. 2, which revoked the appointments of officials appointed by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on or after March 11, 2010, as well as those who were appointed before March 11 but took oath and assumed office after that date.

Malacañang also asked the Supreme Court (SC) to junk petitions seeking to nullify Executive Order 2.

“Right now, our regular work is on freeze and IP communities will suffer. We just hope that it will be resolved soon,” Segundo said.

According to Segundo, several IP groups in the country had proposed the repeal of the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) because of its unacceptable provisions.

One of the critical provisions of the IPRA, he said, was the mining contracts in tribal communities, which cannot be stopped immediately unless the law was amended.

Segundo said the NCIP was prevented to implement its regular services, particularly on the titling of Ancestral Domain areas, educational scholarships, indigenization of IP culture to the educational curriculum, development of ancestral domain areas and the integration of peace and order initiatives in hotspot tribal communities.

“Right now, peace initiatives are intensified in Mindanao areas specially in conflict areas but other regions need and deserve the same concern too since indigenous peoples are also victims of atrocities during military – insurgency clashes,” Segundo said. (PNA) RMA/SCD/BME/mba


One Response to “Genuine reforms at NCIP urged”

  1. Joy Martin on October 7th, 2010 3:42 pm

    To The President of the Philippines.

    Mr. President , we asking your favorable heart and kind to please provide as soon as possible the 7 commisioner especially in Central Mindanao, kasi Mr. president sa ngayon ang daming problema namin dito especially sa General Santos City ancestral claim maraming patayan at hindi na award sa mga legitimate claimant ang aming mga lupa dahil sa mga dambuhalang nigosyante. Mr. President hintayin pa po ba natin na marami pang buhay ang mawawala bago ninyo aksyonan?

    Sana bigyan ninyo naman kami ng kaagarang action dito sa General Santos City.

    Maraming Salamat,

    Lubos na gumagalang at Umaasa,

    Joy Martin