ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, Nov 13 (PIA) — Dumagat-Remontado tribes of Tanay and Rodriguez, Rizal are one step closer to obtaining their ancestral lands through the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples’ (NCIP) ceremonial issuance of Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title on November 12 at the Ynares Center, Antipolo City, Rizal.
Around 24,000 hectares of land from Tanay and 19,000 hectares from Rodriguez have been approved for Certificates of Ancestral Domain Title issuance as of July 2009 (Tanay) and June (2012) respectively according to Jennifer Gerones of NCIP. However, around 2,000 hectares of ancestral land between Tanay, Rizal and Quezon province are considered gray areas due to current boundary disputes.
The ceremonial CADT issuance held at the Ynares Center was held in line with the 15th Anniversary of the Indigenous Peoples Republic Act of 1997.
However, NCIP-4A and 4B Regional Director Roberto Almonte said that the land titles can be distributed only after a joint project survey is held by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Agrarian Reform- Land Registration Authority, and NCIP assessing the attributes of the lands for distribution. Almonte also added that the indigenous communities will be given assistance through the Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development and Protection Plan.
During the event, tribal chieftains and other members of the indigenous communities also participated in a multi-sectoral forum with the national government agencies such as the Department of Labor of Employment, Department of Education, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the local government to answer several of their concerns regarding labor, education and security. NCIP Commissioner Conchita Calzado, Rizal Vice Governor Frisco San Juan, and representatives from national government agencies were also present during the event. (GG-PIA4A)