IP representatives proposed in city and barangay councils

BAGUIO CITY — Baguio City Councilor Arthur Alad-iw proposed an ordinance providing for an Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR) in the city council and qualified barangay councils in this city.

Alad-iw, on Tuesday, said the measure is pursuant to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination, the Constitution, the Local Government Code and the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA).

In the proposal, Alad-iw enumerated the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) who inhabit the city to include the Cordillera tribal communities such as the Ibaloi, Kalanguya, Kankanaey, Tuwali, Tinggian, Kalinga, Isneg, Aplai, Bontok and other tribes from the other regions.

The proposed ordinance provides IPMR a term of three years. The representative may be endorsed for another term by the IPs but shall not serve for more than three consecutive terms.

The IPMR shall enjoy the same privileges as that of the regular members of the city council including compensation, benefits and other emoluments.

The proposal was approved on first reading and was referred to the committee on laws for appropriate action. JOJO LA MARIA/ PNA/ northboundasia.com