BAGUIO CITY – The Cordillera Regional Development Council Committee on Indigenous People’s Concerns approved the conduct of a series of webinars on Indigenous peoples’ rights, culture, arts, and autonomy during the Indigenous Peoples’ month this October.

The webinar series shall serve as a platform for issues-based discussion confronting IPs in the region. This is to address several issues raised repeatedly through the committee in the past such as the misuse and misappropriation of Cordillera attire, indigenous intellectual property and misinformation on Igorots in basic education textbooks. The webinars will also serve as a forum to generate inputs for policy recommendations to better address these issues, especially with the ongoing advocacy for on the region’s self-determination through the establishment of the Autonomous Region of the Cordillera. The webinars are planned to be one to two hours long every week in October in celebration of the 23 years of the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act of 1997. It will feature panelists from both the government and private sectors as well as the academe.

The CIPC is chaired by National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Regional Director Manuel Jaramilla and co-chaired by RDC Private Sector Representative for the Indigenous Peoples sector, Ryan Mangusan. The committee discusses indigenous peoples’ concerns such as the Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development and Protection Plan (ADSPP), Minahang Bayan applications, ending the local communist armed conflict, cultural representation in performance, folk arts, crafts and industries, and Cordillera autonomy, among others.