BUKIDNON – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in the Province of Bukidnon recently joined hands with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) to expedite the issuance of the Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC).
DILG Provincial Director Carmelo Enrique B. Libot FPIC is one of the technical documentary requirement for the Support to Barangay Development Program (SBDP) in the province.
“I hope that through this meeting, we can come up with a resolution on how to fast-track the issuance of the FPIC. The project will not just help the barangay, but the IP community as well,” said Libot.
Libot emphasized the need to achieve a common understanding on the issuance of the FPIC to ensure the smooth operationalization of the program since the projects under SBDP would cater to Indigenous People (IP) beneficiaries living within Ancestral Domain areas.
He hopes that the partnership with NCIP will be strengthened in order to achieve the common goal of addressing the welfare of the IPs.
During the meeting it was agreed that a field-based investigation will be conducted together by the DILG and NCIP officers in two weeks’ time to fast-track the issuance of FPIC.
Meanwhile, NCIP’s Provincial Officer Shirlene D. Sario presented the revised guidelines on FPIC and related processes.
She emphasized that the FPIC is a certificate issued by the NCIP and is a consensus of all members of the IPs in accordance to their respective customary laws and practices.