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Compostela Valley Representative Maria Carmen Zamora-Apsay has co-authored a House resolution providing representation for indigenous peoples in all local legislative councils. “This is a positive step in our aim of recognizing the rights of indigenous cultural communities within the framework of national unity and development as enunciated by Section 22 of the Philippine Constitution,” said Zamora-Apsay, daughter of former Representative Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora, after affixing her signature as co-author to House Resolution No. 916 entitled, “A Resolution Commending Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo for His Issuance of Memorandum Circular MC2010-119 Entitled, “Mandatory Representation of Indigenous Cultural Communities or Indigenous Peoples in Policy-Making Bodies and Other Local Legislative Bodies.”
The House Committee on National Cultural Communities took up and adopted the said resolution during its March 7, 2011 meeting.
“The measure could not have come at a most opportune time,” the young solon said. “The Committee had just taken up the proposed assessment of the guidelines governing the issuance of the Free and Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) for developmental projects in IP areas. There are many complaints in the processing of FPICs. The call for the strict observance of the mandatory representation of IPs in local legislative councils will complement the Committee’s thrust.”
Memorandum Circular MC2010-119 directs all local Chief Executives to strictly observe the mandate of Republic Act No. 8371 (Indigenous People’s Rights Act of 1997), specifically IP mandatory representation in the local sanggunian. It also directs all DILG Regional Directors and the ARMM Governor to disseminate the memorandum circular and provide technical assistance to local government units, if necessary.
“Even prior to the issuance of the directive, we take pride in the fact that Compostela Valley took the initiative, and was among the first, to include an IP representative to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. During my time with the sanggunian, ComVal passed an ordinance recognizing the representation of indigenous peoples in our council. It is high time that other LGUs recognize and give accord to our indigenous communities with this Circular,” she added.
While they welcome having one of their own as a member of the Davao City Council, leaders of indigenous peoples’ communities here are set to protest the manner of selecting the mandatory representative.
The council has passed an ordinance—authored by councilor Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling, chair of the committee on Cultural Communities and Muslim affairs—creating the position of an Indigenous Peoples’ representative in the local legislative body.
Mandated by the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA), the IP representative—the 27th member of the council who would represent the city’s five IP tribes—would receive the same salary as the elected city councilors and the two sectoral representatives.
Tribal leaders who asked they not be identified said they would file a petition with the council to amend its provision that would have an Ata native to be the first to sit as mandatory representative. The four other tribes are the Bagobo, Clata, Guiangan and Ubo-Manobo.
Cabling’s IP measure called for creation of a Technical Working Group that would lay down process of selecting the representative in consultation with the IP communities and their leaders.
But while the ordinance specified that there is to be a selection process, the ordinance spelled out that tribal representation should be in alphabetical order with the Ata tribe having a first crack at the seat.
We are already completing our position paper to have the ordinance amended before the TWG selection process and before the mandatory representative is appointed by the city mayor, said a tribal leader from the Klata tribe.
As mandated by the ordinance, Mayor Sara Duterte is tasked to organize the TWG for the selection process to craft the guidelines patterned after guidelines developed by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).