Indigenous peoples voice agenda to P.Noy
MANILA, Philippines – Indigenous peoples are urging the Aquino administration to put an end to the marginalization of indigenous communities.
Thirteen years after the passage of the law protecting the rights of indigenous peoples (IPs) in the Philippines, many of them remain mired in poverty, lacking access to basic health and education. They lament the loss of their ancestral lands, the passing of their traditional practices, and how some of them have fallen victim to extra-judicial killings.
Last Monday, around 200 IP representatives marked Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
In an interview with ANC’s The Rundown, Jill Cariño, convenor of the Philippine Task Force for Indigenous Peoples Rights, says they came up with an agenda which they want the Aquino administration to address.