Written by: MCBB-PRO A
The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Region V conducted a meeting with the NIA Region V - Bicol Region officials together with the Irrigation Management Office heads and key personnel to tackle the NCIP Executive Order No. 3, series of 2012 which is the THE REVISED GUIDELINES ON FREE AND PRIOR INFORMED CONSENT (FPIC) AND RELATED PROCESSES OF 2012.
The objectives of the said EO includes:
a. Ensure genuine exercise by Indigenous Cultural Communities/Indigenous Peoples (ICCs/IPs) of their right to Free and Prior Informed Consent (FPIC), whenever applicable;
b. Protect the rights of ICCs/IPs in the introduction and implementation of plans, programs, projects, activities and other undertakings that will affect them and their ancestral domains to ensure their economic, social and cultural well-being;
c. Provide, and ensure compliance with the procedure and the standards in the conduct of Field-Based Investigation (FBI) and FPIC process, payment of fees, compensation for damages, execution of Memorandum of Agreements, observance of corporate social
responsibility; and imposition of sanctions for the commission of prohibited acts and omissions as hereinafter provided;
d. Ensure just and equitable partnership in environmental management, land use, development and resource use within ancestral domains as well as benefit sharing, between and among the concerned ICCs/IPs and the prospective investor, government
agency, local government unit (LGU), non-government organization (NGO) and other entities desiring to engage or collaborate in such undertaking;
e. Ensure that when priority right to development and utilization of natural resources is validly exercised by the ICCs/IPs, the same shall be validated in accordance with the spirit and principles of FPIC;
f. Ensure that any benefit derived after the grant of FPIC or as an exercise of priority rights shall be managed and used properly by, for and with the concerned community not forgetting inter-generational obligations; and
g. Guarantee protection of resettled/displaced ICCs/IPs.