October is Indigenous Peoples Month,  and the Cordillera Region, the only IP-dominated region in the country, has a series of activities lined up for this year’s celebration with the theme “IPs’ Empowerment towards Peace, Unity and Development”.

NCIP-CAR Director Roland Calde, during the Kapihan on the State of Regional Development held on Sept. 27, 2016, invited everyone to be part of this very important celebration coordinated by the Cordillera Office of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP-CAR).

According to Dir. Calde who is also the Chairman of the RDC Committee on IP Concerns (CIPC), one of the major highlights of the celebration is the Gong Festival which will be held on October 30 at the Baguio Convention Center.  The activity will highlight the various cultural practices in CAR’s six provinces and the proper indigenous attires across the region.

The other activities planned are as follows:

Kapihan Oct. 4 PIA Regional Office, Baguio City
Pamana Art Exhibit Oct. 2-31 La Azotea, Session Road, Baguio City
Regional IP Youth Assembly Oct. 14-15 Supreme Hotel, Baguio City
Film Showing of six indie films on IPs Oct. 20-25 Cinematheque, Casa Vallejo, Baguio City
Forum on IPRA, Regional Autonomy and Federalism (for Elders and IPMRs) Oct. 29 TBA
Forum on IPRA, Regional Autonomy and Federalism (for EAP and other IP students) October UB, UC, SLU
Launching of “Documentation of Indigenous Forest Resource Management Systems and Practices” Oct. 29 c/o DA-CHARMP
A Cordillera Perspective on CEDAW Oct. 28-29 To be arranged
Tree-Planting (by province) October Planting sites to be identified


Activities have also been planned in the region’s provinces and cities.  These include:

Tingguian Youth Cultural Festival Oct. 1-2 Bangued
Training for Teachers on Cultural Sensitivity Oct. 21-23 Mayabo, Tubo
IPRA for Teachers at the Tertiary Level Oct. 5 Luna
IPRA for Teachers at the Elementary Level Oct. 11 Pudtol
Capability-Building for IPMRs and Elders/Leaders October Tuguegarao
Benguet Provincial Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR)  Stakeholders’ Conference Oct. 26 Baguio City
Education and Advocacy of Elders in Kiangan, Banaue and Mayoyao-Aguinaldo October (1st week) Banaue
Campus-Based Leadership Training of EAP Org’n. October Lamut
Kalinga Outdoor Leadership Academy for EAP Grantees October Bulanao, Tabuk City
Kalinga Tribal Elders Forum October Bulanao, Tabuk City
Capability-Building Activity for IPMRs October Kalinga
Mountain Province IPMR’s General Assembly Phase 1 Oct. 17 SABATA CSC, Tadian
Mountain Province IPMR’s General Assembly Phase 2 Oct. 18 SABEBOSA CSC, Sagada
Mountain Province IPMRs’ General Assembly Phase 3 Oct. 20 PANABA CSC, Paracelis

Aside from participating in the above activities, government and private organizations are also urged to hang the IP Month banner  (please download here) in conspicuous areas in their offices,  wear  Cordillera-accented attires and  sing the Cordillera Hymn during office meetings and events.

Signed in 2009,  Proclamation No. 1906  declares every October National Indigenous Peoples Month based on the constitutional mandate of recognizing and protecting the rights of indigenous cultural communities.  xxx

(28 Sept 2016)