RDC-CAR accepts ethnographic representative as member

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BAGUIO CITY – The Cordillera Regional Development Council (RDC-CAR) approved a resolution endorsing the acceptance of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) ethnographic representative as a member of the executive committee having been duly elected as the chairperson of the Committee on Indigenous Peoples Concerns (CIPC) of the region’s policy-making body.

During its recent meeting, the Committee on Indigenous Peoples Concerns (CIPC) elected NCIP Commissioner Zenaida Brigida H. Pawid, ethnographic representative, as its chairperson.

NCIP en ban Resolution No. A-002, Series of 2011 declared that the NCIP shall be represented in all RDCs in order to uphold equal access to representation in the local planning policy making bodies and further designated the ethnographic Regional Commissioners and Regional Directors as principal and alternate representatives, respectively, of the NCIP in the RDCs.

The RDC-CAR resolution cited as a basis Executive Order No. 325 which reorganized the Regional Development Councils, and its implementing rules and regulations stated that the ‘executive committee’ is created to act on matters that require immediate attention for and in behalf of the RDC when it is not in session.

Further, EO 325 also stated that membership to the executive committee shall be determined by the council concerned provided it shall include only the regular members and that the executive committee shall comprise one-fourth of the total memberships of the fully constituted councils.

The RDC-CAR executive committee Resolution No. 031, series of 20005 created and organized a special sectoral committee on indigenous peoples concerns (CIPC) and the Cordillera CIPC to be chaired by the NCIP-CAR.

According to the approved resolution, the RDC-CAR house rules stated that the executive committee shall be composed of the following: RDC chair or co-chair as presiding, RDC vice chair; sectoral committee chairpersons or co-chairpersons, Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) as oversight agencies and 2 private sector representatives.

Pawid will now be sitting as one of the regular members of the RDC-CAR executive committee and participate in the deliberations therein and even in the RDC-CAR en banc sessions and for other purposes it may serve.

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