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Sectors converge to tackle welfare of Manobo, Mamanwa tribes

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

Butuan City (3 December) -- Government agencies in this city and province of Agusan del Norte with the lead agency ? the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO), Agencia Espanola de Cooperacion International para el Desarrollo (AECID), and together with the non-government and private stakeholders with the program ? Indigenous Peoples Development Programme (IPDP) Caraga, recently convene for a follow-up convergence seminar/workshop in one of the convention centers here.

The programme is a multi-sectoral convergence for the development and protection of the Mamanwa and Manobo Ancestral Domain in CADT (Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title) 134 which covers municipalities of Jabonga, Kitcharao, and Santiago, Agusan del Norte, and CADT 135 covering barangays Anticala, and portion of Pianing, Butuan City.

IPDP-Caraga Operation Manager Mr. Domingo Nayahangan said IPDP's goal is to increase capacity of Indigenous Peoples to facilitate the sustainable development and protection of their ancestral domains in partnership with government, non-government and private sector service providers.

Also, Sibog Katawhan Alang sa Paglambo (SIKAP) Executive Director Ms. Christine Ampon said the convergence partners are guided by its framework. "Parts of the convergence framework are as follows: 1) IP vision for the development and protection of their ancestral domain; 2) Results-chain that translates the vision into a hierarchy of operational purposes and describes converging and complementary paths to the attainment of the vision; 3) Convergence clusters of directly inter-related results; 4) Subsidiary results-chain that further elaborates a portion of the convergence cluster; 5) Projects and activities aimed at achieving results and sub-results; 6) Convergence management structure, policies, and procedures; 7) Principles of convergence; and 8) Code of conduct for convergence partners," she said.

Meanwhile, during the seminar/workshop, all representatives of different sectors bared their offices' services that may also help the tribes.

With these developments, representatives from the Mamanwa and Manobo tribes ensured the convergence partners that they will do their responsibilities and will cooperate to the programs and services of the agencies.

The convergence partners will meet again on January 2011 to discuss its commitments for the development and protection of the said tribes. (PIA-Caraga) [top]

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