- Published on Friday, 11 November 2011 13:51
Philippines: Gaddang Tribe Eyes Awarding Of Ancestral Domain Claims
Ben Moses Ebreo, 2011
Members of the Gaddang tribe here are elated over the identification of their ancestral domain in the province by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).
Solano councilor Roland Carub, adviser of the Nueva Vizcaya Gaddang Association (NVGA) said they were informed that the NCIP has completed the mapping of their ancestral domain covering some 135,000 hectares in Nueva Vizcaya.
These ancestral domain areas of the Gaddangs, he added, are located in the towns of Bayombong, Solano, Bagabag, Diadi, Quezon, Villaverde and Kasibu, particularly Kongkong Valley.
“Once these areas are awarded to us, we will work out for its protection, rehabilitation and production to provide livelihood among our fellow tribesmen,” Carub said.
He added that NVGA will also craft a land use plan for the identified ancestral domain areas including allocation of settlement areas and for livelihood.
The declaration of their ancestral domain, according Carub, was announced during the first Gaddang congress last year by NCIP regional officials.
“We hope that our ancestral domain claims will be awarded next year as the NCIP is processing our documents already,” he said.
Source: Philippines Information Agency