BAGUIO CITY—The Regional Development Council (RDC) Full Council approved the resolution requesting the Oversight Committee of Congress to compel NCIP and DENR to issue the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Section 12 of Republic Act 8371 or the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act (IPRA) of 1997 during their meeting, coordinated by NEDA-CAR, on October 8.
Section 12 of IPRA provides that in individual members of Indigenous Cultural Communities (ICCs)/ Indigenous Peoples (IPs), who by themselves or through their predecessors have been in continuous possession and occupation of their ancestral lands since time immemorial or for a period of not less than 30 years since IPRA was passed, shall have the option to secure title to their ancestral lands under the provisions of the Commonwealth Act as amended or the Land Registration Act 496.
This provision shall be effective for twenty years from the approval of IPRA in 1997 or until October 2017.
Several resolutions have been passed reiterating the NCIP and DENR to pass the IRR for Section 12 since 2006. In 2008, NCIP and DENR already had the said guidelines, however it was not issued.
By: Christine Mamuyac, SPCAR