PNP Assures Protection of Indigenous Peoples’ Rights

The Philippine National Police supports all collaborative efforts at preventing human rights violations among Filipino indigenous peoples.

PNP Chief, Police General Rodolfo S Azurin Jr gave this assurance at the height of national observance of Human Rights Consciousness Week and 74th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights coinciding with the visit to Camp Crame of Secretary Allen A Capuyan, Chairperson of the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP).

During the visit, PNP and NCIP officials discussed opportunities for gaining support to forge active partnership and collaboration for important policies in preventing human rights violations among indigenous peoples.

“Kinikilala ng PNP ang mahalagang papel na ginagampanan ng mga katutubong Filipino sa paghubog ng ating pambansang kultura at pamana. Ang PNP ay buong galang na nagpupugay at nagpapasalamat sa mga katutubong Filipino dahil sa kanilang mga naitulong sa atin sa pagpapalaganap ng kaayusan at kapayapaan sa mga komunidad”, PNP Chief PGen Azurin said.

Secretary Capuyan was joined by other NCIP Executives and Directors from Mindanao Indigenous People Council of Elders and Leaders (MIPCEL), Mindanao Indigenous People Youth Organization (MIPYO), Mindanao Indigenous People Conference for Peace and Development (MIPCPD).

MIPCEL, MIPYO and MIPCPD comprise the third party in the whole of government/nation (WOG/WON) approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC).

The Healing and Reconciliation and Operationalization of 11 Building blocks and Workshops and Ancestral Domain Visitations were the recent programs of the groups in partnership with the NCIP which aims to level-off the understanding and significance of operationalizing the Eleven (11) Building Blocks on the recognition, protection & promotion of the rights of indigenous peoples to all stakeholders for a resilient, relevant and responsive Indigenous Cultural Communities/Indigenous Peoples (ICCs/IPs) as partners for nation building, peace, security, and development.

“The whole Philippine National Police joins the nation and the NCIP on our shared goal of a genuine and lasting transformation and development. The PNP leadership assures everyone of a peaceful and orderly nation as we redefine our organization to better serve and protect the community and ensure public safety and security”, PGen Azurin further added.

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