Aug. 9 is International IP Day

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES NEWS  • Tue Aug 9, 2016 09:48 AM  •  300   0
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The Oblates ministry for the Indigenous Peoples in South Upi, Maguindanao. (OMI)
The Oblates ministry for the Indigenous Peoples in South Upi, Maguindanao. (OMI)
Today is International Day of the Worlds Indigenous Peoples.

Did you know that we have an estimated 14 to 17 million indigenous peoples in the country?

According to the United Nations, this sector is the first to face direct impacts of climate change due to their dependence and close relationship with the environment and its resources.


       

Republic Act No. 10689

             Republic of the Philippines
             Congress of the Philippines
                     Metro Manila 

                 Sixteenth Congress

               [REPUBLIC ACT NO. 10689]

AN ACT DECLARING AUGUST 9 AS NATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY AND MANDATING THE MEANINGFUL OBSERVANCE THEREOF

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:

SECTION 1. It is hereby declared a policy of the government to advance the rights and collective well-being of indigenous peoples through the annual observance of the National Indigenous Peoples Day in the Philippines.

SEC. 2. The National Indigenous Peoples Day in the Philippines shall be observed on August 9 of each year and is hereby declared a special working holiday.

SEC. 3. The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples shall promulgate the rules and regulations for the meaningful observance of the National Indigenous Peoples Day.

SEC. 4. This Act shall take effect fifteen (15) days after its publication in the Official Gazette or in a newspaper of general circulation.

Approved,

(Sgd.) FRANKLIN M. DRILON
President of the Senate

(Sgd.) FELICIANO BELMONTE JR.
Speaker of the House
of Representatives

This Act which originated in the House of Representatives was passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on May 26, 2014 and July 28, 2015, respectively.

(Sgd.) OSCAR G. YABES
Secretary of the Senate

(Sgd.) MARILYN B. BARUA-YAP
Secretary General
House of Representatives

Approved: OCT 23 2015

(Sgd.) BENIGNO S. AQUINO III
President of the Philippines

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