Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan said President Rodrigo Duterte has never issued a policy that was not in favor of indigenous peoples (IP).
The Baguio politiko made the statement after Apayao Governor Elias Bulut Jr questioned recent policies by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).
Bulut said including IPs living in the unaffected areas for the required free and prior informed consent (FPIC) for the proposed exploitation, utilization, and development of the State’s resources has only given the opposition more leeway to go against several infrastructure projects in the region.
The Apayao politiko was referring to the implementation of two hydro power facilities in the province.
Domogan said he agrees with Bulut’s assessment.
“We believe that the NCIP should reconsider its position in seeking the endorsement of the IPs in the whole ancestral domain prior to the implementation of high impact development projects instead of the previous policies that provide that only those who will be affected by the development projects will be the ones that will issue their consent for development that will be done in their places,” Domogan said.