IMPLEMENT IP PROGRAMS. Jennifer Dublas, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) for Central Mindanao, appeals to the IP leaders of Tampakan town in South Cotabato on Friday (Oct. 28, 2022) to work on the implementation of the 11 building blocks for resilient and responsive IP communities. The NCIP official appealed to the '7th Gu Sasleng Festival du dad Blaan' and Commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of RA 8371 (Indigenous Peoples Right Act of 1997) in Tampakan. (Photo courtesy of Mikhael Solano)

KORONADAL CITY – The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) in Central Mindanao reiterated anew the agency’s calls for institutionalizing the 11 "building blocks" mandated under the Indigenous Peoples Right Act of 1997 (IPRA) to ensure that IP communities are resilient and responsive.

Jennifer Dublas, NCIP Commissioner for Central Mindanao, explained the importance of the 11 "dynamics" during the “7th Gu Sasleng Festival du dad Blaan and the commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the IPRA (RA 8371) in the municipality of Tampakan.

“The 11 dynamics must be implemented as mandated by the IPRA Law,” Dublas said, even as she reminded the over a thousand Tampakan IPs who participated in the activity to help promote the IPRA provisions.

The "building blocks" provided under the IPRA include the confirmation of Indigenous Political Structure (IPS); Registration and Accreditation of Indigenous Peoples Organizations; Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title and Certificate of Ancestral Land Title Delineation Process; establishment of the Ancestral Domain Management Office; and Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development and Protection Plan Formulation.

Also included are the IP Wealth Management-Community Resource Management Development Plan Formulation; Institutionalization of CP: Free, Prior and Informed Consent and Exercise of Priority Rights; Effective Indigenous People Mandatory Representative (IPMR) in the Local Legislative Bodies; Efficient and Enhanced Memorandum Agreement Formulation, Socio-Economic Activities with IP Cooperatives, and Ancestral Domain Defense System.

Dublas appealed to the IP youths, women, and IPMR to work on the implementation of the 11 dynamics, in recognition of tribal elders who worked hard for the formulation of the IPRA Law 25 years ago. (PNA)