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FP, NCIP Conduct Workshop on Indigenous Peoples

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FP, NCIP Conduct Workshop on Indigenous Peoples

Published on Thursday, 25 July 2013 14:25
Written by PAO-AFP
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Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City—Recognizing the vulnerability of indigenous groups in the country, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (IP) conducted a workshop to jumpstart the creation of AFP IP Desks.

The said workshop held today, July 25, at the AFP Commissioned Officers Clubhouse is in line with the Memorandum of Agreement signed by the AFP and the NCIP in October last year to “develop a framework for the full implementation of IP desks.” It will also plan the conduct of education and advocacy activities on IP rights and the IP Rights Act.

The IP Desks will operate a Quick Response Unit as a mechanism focusing on protecting IPs from the exploitation of the New People’s Army and front organizations. In line with this, Commanders, Major Services, and Unified Commands are directed to create IP desks down to the Infantry Division level.
In line with this, the commanders at all levels of implementation shall endeavor to work closely with NCIP, the Department of Environment and National Resources, other local government units, and non-government organizations working on IP issues.

The said workshop was attended by NCIP Chairperson Honorable Zenaida Brigida H Pawid who met with the AFP Chief of Staff General Emmanuel T Bautista at the General Headquarters here.

“For some time, the IP has depended more on the AFP. We are not here to revise that. Make us look to you as our big brothers--that is what the quick response is about,” Chairperson Pawid said.

She also emphasized the Cordilleras as an autonomous region, ‘keystoning’ the “initiative of the governor and the ten mayors of Mountain Province who have declared the whole province as un-friendly to the CPP-NPA.”

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