The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), led by Ethnographic Commissioner for Region III and Rest of Luzon Atty. Rhodex Valenciano together with Executive Director Atty. Caesar M. Ortega, Legal Affairs Office (LAO) Director Atty. Gillian Dunuan, Atty. Jonathan Jo from the Office of the Clerk of the Commission, and Mr. Reynante Madronio, paid a courtesy call to Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo and Atty. Antonio Ceasar R. Manila on Tuesday, 30 August 2022 at the En Banc Conference Room of the Supreme Court of the Philippines.
Chief Justice Gesmundo discussed several agenda concerning judicial matters that involve the Indigenous Cultural Communities/Indigenous Peoples (ICCs/IPs) in their Ancestral Domains and advised NCIP to make comprehensive studies of the changes, impacts, and implications of the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act (IPRA) over the years to come up with appropriate legislative proposals to the Congress. He also assured to provide legal assistance to all sectors including ICCs/IPs.
After the meeting, the NCIP turned over sets of Project Epanaw’s Three (3) Coffee Table Books (CTBs), 2020-2021 Annual Accomplishments Reports, and the Poster of the 11 Building Blocks of Resilient, Responsive, and Relevant ICCs/IPs in their Ancestral Domains to the Supreme Court.