Latest Stories

No 2012 budget for IP sectoral representatives

BAGUIO CITY—Almost two years after the Department of the Interior and Local Government ordered barangay and town councils to include representatives of indigenous communities in their areas, as mandated by Republic Act No. 8371 (Indigenous Peoples Rights Act of 1997 or IPRA), no such councilors have been installed.

The reason: The Aquino administration has failed to include a 2012 budgetary allocation to augment the funds of low revenue local governments to pay indigenous peoples (IP) sector councilors their salaries and incentives.

Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo had tried to secure the budget for IP councilors two years after issuing a circular in November 2010, making it mandatory for village and town councils to make room for IP representation.

Section 16 of the Ipra states that indigenous Filipinos “have the right to participate fully, if they so choose, at all levels of decision-making in matters which may affect their rights, lives and destinies through procedures determined by them as well as to maintain and develop their own indigenous political structures.”

“Consequently, the state shall ensure that [indigenous Filipino communities] shall be given mandatory representation in policy-making bodies and other local legislative councils,” it says.

In last year’s budget deliberations, Robredo proposed to increase by 10 percent the budgets of barangays or towns with IP council members, said Zenaida Brigida Hamada-Pawid, chair of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, when she led the first Indigenous Peoples Summit for Luzon here in September last year.

But the House committee on appropriations noted that an IP salary allocation in the 2012 General Appropriations Act “might appear as class legislation [given that it] would be an insertion for a specific sector,” said Ifugao Rep. Teodoro Baguilat Jr., who chairs the House committee on national cultural communities.

“We have been advocating for the selection of IP sector representatives because they can be the strongest champion for IP rights at the local government level,” he said.

However, many new IP councilors complained to Pawid during the September summit that they were not getting paid. Many of them assumed office in the middle of 2011 to comply with Robredo’s directives.

But Councilor Jose Bogbog, the IP sector representative of Cordon, Isabela, said he did not assume office because no one could pay his salary of P20,000 a month.

In an interview during the summit, Bogbog said he did not relinquish his post as executive secretary to Cordon Mayor Laurencio Zuniega because he needed to continue earning a salary while government addresses the budget problems of IP councilors.

Indigenous peoples’ rights advocates, who joined the summit, offered suggestions to improve Robredo’s directives.

For example, Evelyn Jacob of Bicol urged Pawid to allow tribal community elders to automatically assume IP representative seats in barangay councils. Bogbog said he was elected to the IP post by the local community.

Most of the towns with new IP councilors are in Mindanao and they assumed office without receiving salary, Pawid said last year. “Let’s make sure the IP council seats won’t be another reason to divide the IP,” she said.

Baguilat said the common aspiration among Mindanao IPs is to be part of the decision-making agencies.

“An active IP sector representative can serve as a rallying symbol for marginalized IPs, especially the lumad in Mindanao and the Aeta, Dumagat and Mangyan of Luzon,” Baguilat said.

“They should also be given appropriate training [as to their] duties and functions in government. What’s worse than an exploiter of IPs is an IP leader who is manipulated because of his or her ignorance,” he said. Vincent Cabreza, Inquirer Northern Luzon

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: budget , Indigenous people , Local Governments , News , Politics , Regions

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6KJDUXA6W26Z6EPEEIATSKROLU KutoanLice

    tama na wala namang ginagawang masayado ang mga councilor na yan nagpapalaki lang ng tyan

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
  1. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  2. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  3. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  4. Massive infra spending set
  5. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  6. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  7. Passengers denied chance to escape sinking South Korea ferry
  8. South Korea president shouted down by distraught parents
  9. Two Popes who would be saints
  10. Lacson’s wife loses diamond earring to thieves but recovers jewelry quickly with police arrest
  1. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  2. Suspect in Vhong Navarro mauling tries to leave PH
  3. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  4. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  5. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  6. MH370 co-pilot made mid-flight phone call – report
  7. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  8. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
  9. Massive infra spending set
  10. OFW brings MERS virus to Philippines
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Model Helena Belmonte wished ‘to slash her wrist and hope to die’
  5. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  6. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  7. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  8. Police rule out foul play in Helena Belmonte’s death as boyfriend is ‘traumatized’
  9. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  10. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia


  • Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’–report
  • Pakistan library named ‘bin Laden,’ as memory fades
  • US teacher fired over comment on black president
  • Magnitude-7.5 earthquake shakes Mexican capital
  • Title of new Hillary Clinton book: ‘Hard Choices’
  • Sports

  • Motivated LeBron James preps for postseason
  • Nadal ousted by Ferrer in Monte Carlo quarters
  • Pacquiao shorts in Bradley fight sold for P1.7M in LA auction
  • Ryu pitches Dodgers past Giants
  • Alonso sets the pace in Chinese GP practice
  • Lifestyle

  • Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • Entertainment

  • Myx TV premieres Asian American ‘docu-series’
  • A nutty finale for ‘Scandal,’ TV’s craziest show
  • EXO postpones release of mini album ‘Overdose’
  • ‘X-men’ filmmaker slams ‘fabricated’ sex attack claims
  • Singer Chris Brown’s bodyguard on trial in DC
  • Business

  • US commerce secretary spells out economic facet of ‘pivot to Asia’
  • Italy sells luxury state cars on eBay
  • Asian shares mostly up in quiet trade
  • Dollar up in Asia on US jobs data, Ukraine deal
  • Barbie doll has a problem
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • Multicultural flock marks Good Friday in San Francisco
  • Las Vegas ‘Pinoy Pride’ fest hails Filipino heritage
  • Marking Jesus’ journey on Good Friday
  • Filipina accomplice arrested for fake bills in Malaysia
  • DoH denies Filipino nurse no longer positive for MERS virus
  • Marketplace