‘Recognize, respect, protect Iloilo IPs’ rights and welfare’

first_imgHe assured the IPs they were a vitalpart of the provincial government’s development agenda, citing the “covenantand pledge of commitment” which also aimed to “establish and functionalize acollective, collaborative inter-agency care delivery teamwork which wouldresponse to the felt needs for health, health related and other basic servicefor the IPs/ICCs of Iloilo province.” “We want our IPs to have a loudervoice,” said Defensor. Indigenous Peoples of Iloilo and stakeholders sign a unity pact during an assembly at the Iloilo provincial capitol. They vow to “recognize, respect, protect, and promote the rights of the Indigenous Peoples / Indigenous Cultural Communities (IPs/ICCs) of Iloilo province, establish the necessary mechanisms to enforce and guarantee the realization of their rights, taking into consideration their beliefs, customs, traditions, values, interests, and institutions by providing efficient, gender sensitive responsive and cultural sensitive services.” IME SORNITO/PN Also present during the pioneering hugpong para sa tumandok (“unity forIndigenous Peoples”) assembly were Jeorge Largado, commissioner of the IslandGroup for Visayas National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP); Departmentof Tourism (DOT) regional director Helen Catalbas; Department of Health (DOH)assistant regional director Ma. Julia Villanueva; NCIP regional director AnaBurgos; Sangguniang Panlalawigan members Renee Valencia, Rolando Distura,Marcelo Valentine Serag, Rolito Cajilig, Matt Palabrica, and SangguniangKabataan provincial federation president Ma. Angelica Bianca Requinto. She assured the IP of accessiblehealth services via the PHO, DOH and municipal health offices. Defensor cited the IPs for enrichingIloilo’s culture and traditions. He then announced that hand-made IP craftswould be displayed at the provincial capitol during the upcoming Iloilo SummerArts Festival./PN Various stakeholders led by Gov.Arthur Defensor Jr. vowed to do these as they signed a “covenant and pledge ofcommitment” during the recent Feb. 7 general assembly of Iloilo’s IPs at theprovincial capitol.center_img It was first ever IP assembly in theprovince organized by the Indigenous Peoples – Provincial Inter-AgencyCommittee (IP-PIAC). Some 200 IPs attended. ILOILO – “It is our commitment torecognize, respect, protect, and promote the rights of the Indigenous Peoples /Indigenous Cultural Communities (IPs/ICCs) of Iloiloprovince, establish the necessary mechanisms to enforce and guarantee the realizationof their rights, taking into consideration their beliefs, customs, traditions,values, interests, and institutions by providing efficient, gender sensitiveresponsive and cultural sensitive services.” “Kamo ngaIP members sang komunidad, gina-acknowledge kamo bilang special ngagrupo nga may contribution sa pagdaku kag pag-umwad sang aton gobyerno,”said Dr. Grace Patricia Trabado, chief of the Provincial Health Office (PHO)that also helped organize the assembly. “Ang health services para satanan nga tawo, wala nagapili,” said Trabado. They vowed to “harmoniously unite ourefforts and resources to uplift the lives of the ICCS/IPs of Iloiloprovince.”last_img

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