Philippine Leaders of indigenous people (IP) groups

Leaders of indigenous people (IP) groups, native tribes and related groups involved in poverty alleviation join hands with the government Wednesday in the launching of a information campaign centered at Dumingag town, Zamboanga del Sur.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Director Teodulo R.Romo, said the gathering of IP leaders and IP beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), will include local government units and various stakeholders from all over the province.

“It is aimed as a mechanism to strengthen the voices of IP leaders and to ensure that LGUs and other entities are potential contributions to the attainment of poverty alleviation and empowerment,” Romo explained.

The Department has developed the Indigenous People’s Participation Framework (IPPF) which serves as a declaration of policies and standard procedures in developing, funding and implementing programs, projects and services for indigenous peoples (IPs) as part of the social welfare and development reform.

“I hope the event will serve as a platform to identify the concerns of our IPs, help address their needs to foster awareness and sensitivity among IPs, and to enable them to intervene effectively in cases involving their rights,” Romo added.

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