NCIP Dinalupihan – Establishment of the Ancestral Domain Management Office
The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Regional Office III, Bataan Provincial Office, and Bangkal Community Service Center, in partnership with Junior Chamber International (JCI) Manila, attained the establishment of the Ayta Ambala of Dinalupihan-Ancestral Domain Management Office (ADMO), and today, June 27, 2023, held its turnover and inauguration at Brgy. Tubo-Tubo, Dinalupihan, Bataan, which is a step closer towards the NCIP’s vision of operationalizing the 11 building blocks of resilient, responsive, and relevant Indigenous Cultural Communities and Indigenous Peoples (ICCs/IPs).
Present during the turnover and inauguration were NCIP III, Regional Director Atty. Roland Calde, Chief Admin Officer Randie Bacani, OIC-Bataan PO Atty. Richard Piaga, Chief Bangkal Service Center Engineer Jones, Concepcion Binwag, and Dinalupihan LGU representative Engr. Isagani Chavez, JCI Manila officers and members led by President Richard Lim, as well as Municipal IPMR Joel Abraham and leaders and members of Ayta Ambala of Tubo-Tubo ICCs/IPs.
Director Calde expressed NCIP’s gratitude to the JCI Manila for continuing a strong partnership in implementing sustainable projects (ADMO) for the ICCs/IPs. Director Calde added that it will serve as a business center, a decent office to accept guests, and a place to conduct meetings with regard to the development and protection of AD. As for the partner communities, Director Calde encouraged them to sustain and use the office responsibly and correctly.
Engr. Chavez commended the NCIP as the primary agency and as their partner in ensuring the protection of rights and providing for the needs of the ICCs/IPs in the Municipality of Dinalupihan, also Engr. Isagani commended the JCI for their advocacy in preserving the culture of the ICCs/IPs.
Municipal IPMR Abraham also thanked JCI and NCIP for providing an ADMO that works as a management center for the safeguarding of their AD and is more conducive to convening meetings on building plans for the community.
JCI Manila aims to help our fellow ICCs/IPs. Like today, this activity is to turn over a structure (ADMO) where they can now claim ownership of it where our fellow IPs can conduct meetings, and apart from that, there will be training for farming as a livelihood program, President Lim stated. Then he said one of Dr. Rizal’s quotes, “Ang kulturang hindi pinapahalagahan ay mawawala nalang”.
After which, the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between JCI Manila, NCIP, and Ayta Ambala of Dinalupihan ICCs and IPs took place.
The Bataan Provincial Office and Bangkal Community Service Center are grateful to JCI Manila for supporting the rights of our ICCs/IPs as a development partner.