The Cordillera Regional Office of the National Economic and Development Authority joins the Regional Development Council in celebrating the Indigenous Peoples Month and the 24th commemoration of the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) in a month-long activity.

Dir. Susan A. Sumbeling in her video message said, “As your partner and Secretariat of the Regional Development Council, we will continue to work with you in advancing the advocacies of all Cordillerans and ensuring that “no one is left behind”, as we pursue the long-term aspiration of all Filipinos embodied in the Ambisyon Natin 2040.”

For NEDA-CAR,  a series of knowledge sharing sessions is scheduled every Monday of the month during the general staff meetings. Kicking off on October 11 is a sharing of NEDA staff on the profile of the Indigenous Peoples in the country based on the 2010 Census of Population, cultural practices of Mountain Province, and on the Philippine IP policy and its institutional grounding.

The National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) will share on IP Culture and heritage and local development and traditional and community art and indigenous healing on October 18. The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) will also share a briefer on the IPRA on October 25.

These knowledge sharing sessions aim to increase knowledge and awareness among the NEDA staff on matters of IPs, culture and heritage to be able to effectively respond to development concerns of the indigenous peoples’ sector in the region.

The Regional Development Council – CAR on its 3rd quarter meeting approved Resolution No. 66 enjoining all government agencies, local government units, state universities and colleges, non-government organizations and the private sector in the Cordillera Administrative Region to support the observance of the IP Month and the 24th commemoration of the IPRA.

The RDC-CAR is the only RDC in the country with a Committee on Indigenous Peoples’ Concerns (CIPC) as one of its major sectoral committees. The Cordillera is home to 13 indigenous peoples’ groups, who comprise 66 percent of the region’s population based on the 2010 report of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) – Cordillera.