Courtesy Calls and Poject Orientation to New Local Chief Executive

Courtesy call and project briefing with Mariveles Municipal Administrator Tito Pancho Catipon, Councilor Danny Banal, Ayta Magbukun Chieftain and Elders.

As the new set of elected leaders took office, JVOFI paid courtesy calls and project orientation to the new Local Chief Executive and the members of the Sangguniang Bayan of Mariveles last August 10, 2022. This ensures smooth implementation of the ADSDPP project in the Ayta Mangbukun Community in Barangay Biaan, Mariveles.

After the courtesy call, Ms. Corazon Sajonas, JVOFI Program Manager, conducted a consultation meeting with the Barangay council of Barangay Saysayin, Biaan, Bagac Batac. The council raised some issues and concerns, such as what will they protect and sustain their tribe if some of the Ayta Magbukun sold their lands. According to the council, the IPs are violating their rights and the provisions stated in the Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT).

Despite these, the council is still willing to support the IP community in developing their ADSDPP. They responded that they are willing to assist if the IPs are open to discussing their concerns with them.

Mr. Randy Bernales, Provincial Officer of NCIP Bataan, also mentioned, “We will discuss these matters with the Regional Office of NCIP for further validation. All decisions will be based on the IPRA law and after further study of the case.”

There are still a few activities lined up for the project, including social preparation and workshops for drafting the ADSDPP. These are the orientation on the IPRA law as the legal basis for drafting the ADSDPP; the presentation and validation to the community as well as to the Mariveles & Bagac LGU and stakeholders such as the DENR, DTI, DA, DepED, PNP, TESDA, DILG, and other relevant partners.

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The project aims to firstly assist the Ayta Magbukun ICC/IPs of Brgy. Biaan Barangay Biaan, Mariveles Bataan and Barangay Saysayin, Bagac, Bataan in developing their ADSDPP that will define and protect their customary laws and practices. Secondly, it will facilitate the validation of data through general assemblies with the IP leaders and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Region 3. Thirdly, it will facilitate the approval of the ADSDPP by the Local Government Unit and lastly, it will facilitate the incorporation of the ADSDPP plan in existing LGU plans. The 6-month project is funded by San Miguel Corporation Global Philippines Power Foundation (SMCGPPF).

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