- Indigenous peoples’ commission received P1,000 budget for 2018
- Lawmaker said allocation a way of punishing NCIP for not doing its job
- He also said he hopes Commission to reform itself, become more responsive to IP rights
MANILA, Philippines – Aside from the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) also received a mere P1,000 for its 2018 budget after a lawmaker accused it of not doing its job.
Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate, whose proposal was unopposed and eventually approved, slammed the NCIP for not upholding the rights of the indigenous peoples.
“Sa halip na kalinga ang isang ahensiya katulad ng NCIP ay ito pa ang isang dahilan para mas lalong malabag ang karapatan,” as quoted by the Philippine Daily Inquirer. “Nagiging bulag, pipi at bingi sa daing ng katutubong mamamayan ang NCIP. Sa halip, nagiging kasangkapan pa ito upang linlangin at lalong labagin ang karapatang pantao,” Zarate added.
[Instead of being a refuge the NCIP has become another reason for more violations of rights. The NCIP has become blind, deaf, and mute to the plight of the indigenous people. Instead, it has become a tool for deception and for further violating human rights.]
The solon also said he hopes the allocation would serve as a wake-up call to the NCIP to become more responsive to the needs of the IPs.
“Kung ‘di pa man mabuwag ang NCIP sa kasalukuyan, at sa budget sa susunod na taon ay bigyan lamang ng P1,000 budget, upang ang Kongreso na ito ay mabigyan ng seryosong mensahe na kailangang tugunan ng NCIP ang mga tunay na pangyayari ngayon na hinaharap ng ating mga katutubo,” he said.
[If the NCIP cannot be dismantled now, then we should give it a budget of only P1,000 for next year, so that this Congress can send a serious message that the NCIP has to be responsive to the realities that indigenous people face.]