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DSWD collaborates with the country on attempts to unify IPs

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On November 16, at the National Indigenous Peoples (IPs) Summit held at the Armed Forces of the Philippines Commissioned Officers Clubhouse in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) joined the unification efforts among government agencies, the private sector, and multi-stakeholders.

At the National Indigenous Peoples Summit 2022, DSWD Undersecretary Allan Tanjusay welcomed the participants from the 101 indigenous cultural communities.

The message of DSWD Secretary Erwin T. Tulfo was delivered by Tanjusay, who said, “This summit serves as a call to action for stakeholders to address the institutional and structural gaps in governance that make the indigenous peoples one of the most underrepresented and underserved sectors in the Philippine Society.”

Various sectors were able to voice their support and dedication to assisting the indigenous cultural communities and indigenous peoples (ICCs/IPs) in carrying out their vital role in nation-building through the National IP Summit.

The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), along with other concerned offices and IP leaders, signed a pledge of support and manifesto for peace, unity, and development for the indigenous communities and their ancestral areas.

The DSWD, the organization in charge of overseeing the NCIP, applauded the Commission for its work in promoting the rights of ICCs and IPs nationwide during the first-ever National IP Summit.

In order for our IP brothers and sisters to exercise their rights to self-governance and secure their ancestral domains and ancestral lands, Tanjusay remarked, “The DSWD is one with all of you in this great converging effort to mainstream our IP brothers and sisters into our society.”

The event, which had the title “Building Families, Building Ancestral Domain/Ancestral Land Communities, and Building the Nation,” was the result of a long-standing commitment between the public and private sectors to operationalize the 11 components of ancestral domains.

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