Basilan welcomes 13 new IP reps PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 July 2011 16:50

Pursuant to the provision of Republic Act 8371 or the Indigenous Peoples Right Act of 1997 (IPRA), the local government of Basilan welcomes 13 new lawmakers who will comprise IP representation in the province.

The National Commission on Indigenous People, based on their implementing rules and regulations, provides that the ICCs/IPs shall be provided the mandatory representation in all policy- making bodies and in local legislative councils and shall enjoy the same privileges as the regular members of the legislative bodies.

According to the consolidated accomplishment report of Lamitan Community Service Center (CSC), NCIP started consultative assemblies on mandatory representation in the municipalities of Sumisip, Akbar, Hji Mutamad, and Isabela City.

In Sumisip, 29 barangays attended with 133 participants representing the five sectors which are the youth, women, ancestral domain, tribal and IPOs; while in Akbar, 39 participated coming from eight barangays; in Hji Mutamad, 31 participants came also from eight barangays; and in Isabela City, 28 barangays with 155 sectoral representatives.
Last April 26, 95 participants coming from 11 municipalities and two cities gathered for the IP Provincial Council of Elders, Selection of Sangguniang Panlalawigan and Capability Building on Parliamentary Procedure

NCIP Regional Director Abdul B. Puengan personally attended the said activity and discussed with the sectoral representatives on how to do the local guidelines including revisions and amendments along with government agencies like DILG and local officials of Basilan province with their municipal leaders.

Upon thorough evaluation and assessment on all documents submitted in accordance with NCIP administrative Order No. 001, S. 2009, the following local officials were certified by Director Puengan last June 6, whose term of office will expire until October 29, 2012, to wit:

1.) Hon. Maha Raja Yasher M. Judja, representing the Sangguniang Bayan of the Municipality of Lantawan;
2.) Hon. Maha Raja Abdulmannan H. Bayro, representing the Sangguniang Bayan of the Municipality of Hj Muhtamad;
3.) Hon. Maha Raja Hj Hamid A. Sali, representing the Sangguniang Bayan of the Municipality of Moh Ajul;
4.) Hon. Maha Raja Masir M. Abdulcadir, representing the Sangguniang Bayan of the Municipality of Tipo-tipo;
5.) Hon. Maha Raja Mohammad S. Hotong, representing the Sangguniang Bayan of the Municipality of Albarka;
6.) Hon. Maha Raja Asjali A. Malanji, representing the Sangguniang Bayan of the Municapality of Akbar;
7.) Hon. Raja Adbulkuddus A. Salihin representing the City Council of Isabela City;
8.) Hon. Raja Marvin G. Baisara, representing the City Council of Lamitan ;
9.) Hon. Maha Raja Yoshoup A. Sario, representing the Sangguniang Bayan of the Municipality of Sumisip;
10.) Hon. Maha raja Hudrie A. Jallaman, representing the Sangguniang Bayan of the Municipality of Ungkaya Pukan;
11.) Hon. Maha Raja Hj. Abdulbaki S. Toto, representing the Sangguniang Bayan of the Municipality of Tabuan Lasa;
12.) Hon. Maha Raja Hj. Adzrie A. Bud, representing the Sangguniang Bayan of the Municipality of Maluso; and
13.) Hon. Datud Masid B. Yacob; representing the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of the Province of Basilan.

In his message, Puengan expressed hope that leaders of all local government units within the peninsula will also have the heart and mind to hear out the voices of the IP community and would help establish the said representation in their various LGUs.

The new development of IP recognition in Basilan province was lauded by all sectors in the government.