Vice-Chair, Regional Development Council-CAR

Regional Director, National Economic and Development Authority-CAR

2022 Indigenous Peoples Month and the 25th Commemoration of the IPRA

4 October 2022, Baguio City

Dir. Susan A. Sumbeling delivers her solidarity message during with NCIP Commissioner for CAR and Region I Gaspar Cayat and NCIP Regional Director Atanacio Addog, TESDA Dir. Jovencio Ferrer, Jr. and Keynote Speaker, Former UN Special Rapporteur and Tebtebba Executive Dir. Vicky Tauli-Corpuz (seated, left to right).

NCIP Commissioner Gaspar Cayat and Regional Director Atanacio Addog, TESDA Director Jovencio Ferrer, Jr., our Private Sector Representatives in the Regional Development Council – Maam Edna Tabanda and Sir Rafael Gayaso. Our guest speaker, Director Victoria Tauli-Corpuz. Magandang umaga po sa ating lahat.

Happy Indigenous Peoples month to everyone.

We congratulate the NCIP family, headed by Director Addog, for bringing us together today in this kick-off activity for the celebration of the IP Month and the 25th IPRA commemoration. We thank and congratulate also the Committee on Indigenous Peoples Concerns or the CIPC of the Regional Development Council, also chaired by Director Addog, for leading the development efforts though policy, plans, and programs for the Indigenous Peoples sector. 

The IP month celebration pursuant to Presidential Proclamation Number 106 series of 2009 declaring the month of October as the national IP month mandates the recognition and protection of the rights of the indigenous cultural communities. The celebration highlights the important role of the IP groups in our natural resources, our culture, and our role in protecting these.

We do not stop recognizing our IPs after our celebration here. Kami po sa RDC, kasama at kaagapay po natin ang ating mga partners from the regional line agencies, from the private sector, from our local government units, sa pag-alalay, pagbigay, at pagtingin sa pangangailangan ng ating mga IPs.

As we welcome the new administration and as we start the new planning cycle, we have the successor Regional Development Plan which is the counterpart of the Philippine Development Plan at the national level. The preparation of these plans usually start at the beginning of the new administration and these cover six years, from 2023 to 2028.

We aim to strengthen our working relations with the RDC as well as our partners toward harmonization and alignment of development initiatives as we prepare the RDP. This was emphasized by the President in his first SONA. So let this be the start of a stronger relationship.

Keep in mind also that our President’s socioeconomic agenda specifies the near term and the medium term goals that will guide us for the next six years. For the medium term, our strategies include mitigating socioeconomic scarring brought about by COVID-19, reducing health and economic vulnerabilities, and ensuring sound macroeconomic and fiscal fundamentals. These mean creating more quality and green jobs, upholding public order and safety, and ensuring a level playing field for entrepreneurs.

We have to look ahead, envision and strategize for the best possible future for our localities, especially our IPs and our nation. So beyond our President’s socioeconomic agenda, we must adhere to the Filipino’s long term vision of a matatag, maginhawa, at panatag na buhay as outlined in our Ambisyon Natin 2040.

As the Secretariat of the RDC and NEDA as planning agency, we are currently drafting the successor Regional Development Plan 2023-2028 and it contains 16 chapters. Please take note that the last chapter, the 17th chapter is a special chapter. For the Cordillera region, the special chapter will focus on promoting culture sensitive governance and development to cover the IP requirements as well as our autonomy. This will be handled by our Committee on Indigenous Peoples Concerns of the RDC.

Hindi po tayo tumitigil dito lang sa selebrasyon natin ngayon. Let this be an important occasion for us to reflect and assess our development toward fulfilling the rights of the Indigenous Peoples as enshrined in the Indigenous Peoples Rights Acts or the IPRA.

Happy IP month celebration!