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Philippines: Antipolo Signs MOA With Indigenous Peoples

Philippines: Antipolo Signs MOA With Indigenous Peoples

Carlo P. Gonzaga, 2012

A tripartite memorandum of agreement (MOA) was signed recently to protect the rights of indigenous cultural communities/indigenous peoples (ICCs/IPs) such as the Dumagat/Remontado in Barangays Calawis, San Ysiro, and San Josef.

The MOA is the first step in getting the certificate for their ancestral domains to ensure their economic, social, and cultural wellbeing and to recognize customary laws governing property rights of relations in determining the ownership and extent of ancestral domain.

The city government of Antipolo through Mayor Nilo Leyble, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) through Ethnographic Commissioner Conchita Calzado, and Director Roberto Almonte of Region 4 and representatives of the Pamayanan ng mga Katutubong Remontado/Dumagat with Gerry Doroteo, Kap. Enok Doroteo, and Alex Bendana signed the MOA for the application of a certificate of ancestral domain title (CADT) or the certificate of ancestral land title (CALT) for the Dumagat/Remontado community.

Leyble said in his message that the MOA is part of the process for the titling of the ancestral domain. He then thanked all agencies present in the ceremony and expressed hope for continuous cooperation in the delivery of services that IPs need.

Under the MOA, the parties involved will follow the operational policies and jointly act upon steps such as coordination and cooperation, transparency and integrity, conflict resolution and the time table for the completion of the program.

The agreement also stipulates the responsibilities of each party. NCIP will assist and guide the Remontado/Dumagat communities in processing the CADT, inform the city government and the Remontado/Dumagat communities of the target dates set for completion, inform the city government on the finances involved in the program, and prepare the amount of P155,650 as listed under the work and financial plan (WFP).

The city government will prepare P844,350 based on the submitted WFP and collate necessary information for the Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development Protection Plan (ADSDPP).

Meanwhile, it is the responsibility of the Pamayanang Remontado/Dumagat to actively participate in the process and to have the final decision in the application for the certificate of ancestral domain.

Source: Philippines Information Agency