Caraga in Mindanao is one of the poorest regions in the Philippines. It is home to some 500,000 indigenous peoples (IPs) who face development challenges, including those due to conflict and degradation of their natural resource base.
The ILO is working with the indigenous peoples of Caraga and partners that include the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), a project funded through the Government of Spain to support community initiatives. How do we build institutions, promote human rights and gender equality, and reduce poverty? How can IPs be helped to preserve the environment?
The indigenous peoples in north-eastern Mindanao are keen to develop their ancestral domains in the context of implementation of the national Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) and the Master Plan for the Development of IPs (MTPDP-IPs). Government and collaborating institutions are adopting approaches to respond to the aspirations of indigenous peoples.
For further information please contact:
Mr Domingo Nayahangan
3rd Floor, D & V Plaza Building
J.C. Aquino Avenue, Butuan City
Tel. +63 85 342 5939
Ms Diane Lynn Respall
Senior Programme Assistant
19th Floor Yuchengco Tower
RCBC Plaza 6819 Ayala Avenue
1200 Makati City, Philippines
Tel. +632 580 9900 or 580 9915