The National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) MIMAROPA recognized OIC Regional Director (RD) Susan A. Sumbeling of the NEDA Regional Office in MIMAROPA, as one of the 2020 Indigenous People (IP) advocates and champions during the 23rd Indigenous Peoples Rights Act Anniversary and IP Month Celebration held on October 21 through  Zoom and Facebook live stream.

Sumbeling, who also acts as vice-chairperson of the MIMAROPA Regional Development Council (RDC) was chosen as one of the awardees for her efforts, through the RDC and the Regional Land Use Committee (RLUC), to expedite the issuance of ancestral domain for the IPs in the region.

Commissioner for Island Groups and Rest of Visayas Jorge M.  Largado, and NCIP MIMAROPA RD  Roberto L. Almonte presented the plaque of recognition to Sumbeling during the online awarding ceremony.

Along with the RD, 36 other awardees from both the government and non-government organizations were recognized for their work in recognizing, promoting, and protecting IP rights and welfare.

The online activity was part of the month-long celebration of the 23rd anniversary of the enactment of the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act, with the theme “Correcting Historical Injustices for Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Welfare.”

NCIP MIMAROPA also facilitated the signing and expression of support to Resolution No. 1, s. 2020, which creates the Regional Inter-Agency Committee on IP Health, its technical working group and secretariat, and their roles and responsibilities. The celebration also showcased IP dances, songs, and products and was followed by webinars about the four rights of the IPs.

The event was graced by NCIP Chairperson Allen Capuyan, National Anti-Poverty Commission Secretary and Lead Convenor Noel K. Felongco, and local chief executives in the region.