department of agriculture

DA, NCIP to give P6B to IPs

July 13, 2023 Cory Martinez 230 views

TO enhance the agricultural productivity of the indigenous peoples (IP) in Mindanao, the Department of Agriculture and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) forged an agreement for the implementation of the P6.6-billion-worth of Mindanao Inclusive Agriculture Development Project (MIADP).

DA Senior Undersecretary Domingo Panganiban said that the project also aimed to improve access to markets and services for farmers and fisherfolk in selected ancestral domains in the region.

Out of the total cost of the project, the amount of P5.3-B will be coming from the World Bank loan financing scheme.

“MIADP is designed to build the capabilities of local governments to increase the farm productivity and business opportunities of 120,000 indigenous farmers and fisherfolk in six regions across Mindanao. This is a project that corrects a long history of neglect on the part of our government and society,” Panganiban said.

NCIP Chairperson Allen Capuyan, on the other hand, underscored the importance of the indigenous community in the Southern Philippine region.

“Ang katutubong pamayanan ay isang napaka-significant na sektor sa Mindanao. Almost one half of the Mindanao land area is ancestral domains and also half of the Mindanao population is IP. I am very glad that the MOA signing will formalize everything so that the communities in Mindanao will become resilient, relevant, and responsive,” Capuyan stressed.

Under the agreement, the DA will lead the planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and other relevant activities. It will also provide technical support and assistance and ensure that all activities will be in accordance with environmental and social safeguards.

NCIP, for its part, shall select and endorse IPs and Indigenous Cultural Communities and facilitate processes related to the conduct of the program, including the gathering of necessary data such as Ancestral Domain Title, Certificate of Ancestral Domain Claim, Certificate of Ancestral Land Title, and other pertinent documents.

The MIADP has a social preparation component that will capacitate IP organizations during the first year of implementation. It is expected to commence by August this year and will run until 2028.