BAGUIO CITY: The Cordillera Regional Development Council’s Committee on Indigenous Peoples Concern (RDC-CIPC) has passed a resolution requesting the Department of Energy (DOE) for assistance to fund the formulation of Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development and Protection Program (ADSDPP) in areas where power plants operate.
It states that the sustainable development and protection of the ancestral domain by the Indigenous Cultural Communities (ICCs)/Indigenous Peoples (IPs) is a manifestation of their rights to self-governance and self-determination.
At present, of the 111 ancestral domains in the region, 23 have active ADSDPP, 21 with expired ADSDPPs while 67 are still without ADSDPPs.
Art Aro of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) explained that under Rule 29 of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA), local government units (LGUs) hosting the national wealth shall have equitable share in the proceeds derived from the utilization and development of national wealth including sharing it with the inhabitants by way of direct benefits.
He further explained that the share to the host LGU including the host region can be used to subsidize the formulation/updating of the ADSDPP.