City declares Aug. 9 is ‘Indigenous People Day’ PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 August 2014 13:55

Mayor Beng Climaco has issued an executive order promulgating Indigenous People Day in the City of Zamboanga, with the overall objective of fostering appreciation and a better understanding of indigenous people and their culture.

Issued on July 30, Executive Order BC 64-2014 sets the local celebration of the Indigenous People Day in the City on August 9 every year, in consonance with the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People celebration.

It further enjoins all City Government offices, non-government organizations, educational institutions, and constituents to support and spearhead activities such as educational fora and classroom activities, which celebrate and promote key advocacies for Indigenous People.

The proclamation of the Indigenous People Day is in accordance to several legal mandates which include Republic Act 8371, otherwise known as the Indigenous People’s Rights Act of 1997, the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 49/214, and the City Resolution 829 of the Sangguniang Panglungsod which pushed for the declaration of the celebration for the IP communities.

The declaration and celebration of the Indigenous People Day is also supported by the 1987 Constitution which states, to wit, “the State recognizes and promotes the rights of indigenous communities within the framework of national unity and development”. —Jasmine Mohammadsali