QUEZON City, PH, September 26-28 — In time for the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) or Republic Act 8371, in October 29, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) organized an Inception Workshop to enhance the three guidelines based on the experiences of the community, government agencies and civil society organizations.
Conceptualized and facilitated by Philip Anghag, senior advisor for the core process Titling and Natural Resource Management in Ancestral Domain (NRMiAD) of the Conflict Sensitive Resource and Asset Management (COSERAM) Programme, participants discussed the guidelines’ histories and shared their experiences in using them during the small group sessions to enhance the 2012 Omnibus Guidelines on Titling and Delineation, the 2012 Free and Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) Guidelines, and the 2004 Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development and Protection Plan (ADSDPP) Formulation Guidelines.
From their sharing emerged a matrix on the different challenges, models, best practices and lessons learned which was then processed by experts into drafts of the new and enhanced Guidelines.
A roadmap was later developed for next steps, including further work on certain areas of the guidelines.
Represented from the government were the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and its Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB-DENR), the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB), the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the Department of Agriculture (DA), the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Project Management Unit of the Indigenous Communities Conversation Area (PMU-ICCA); and from civil society: Anthropology Watch (AnthroWatch), Philippine Association for Intercultural Development (PAFID); Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education (Tebtebba); The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Indigenous Peoples (CBCP-ECIP).
COSERAM is a joint undertaking of the Philippine and German Governments, implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) for the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) together with five Philippine government agencies: the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).