PROGRAM 2: Human, Socio-Economic and Ecology Development and Protection Program

Sub-Program 1: Culturally-appropriate/ Responsive and Gender-sensitive Socio-economic and Ecology Development and Protection Services

The program provides for policy support and extension of assistance to ICCs/IPs through funding under the MOOE of the Commission apart from coordination with pertinent government agencies especially charged with implementation of various socio-economic services, policies and programs affecting the ICCs/IPs to ensure that the ICCs/IPs are directly benefited.

Sub-Program 2: IP Education and Advocacy Services

The Educational Assistance Program. It is the program that aims to provide limited financial assistance to qualified ICCs/IPs students/pupils based on the criteria set forth in NCIP Administrative Order No. 5, series of 2012, otherwise known as NCIP Guidelines of 2012 on the Merit-Based Scholarship (NCIP-MBS) and Educational Assistance (NCIP-EA) and its amendments by virtue of Commission En Banc Resolution No. 06-099-2014, series of 2014.

The Merit-Based Scholarship Program. It is a program that aimed of providing meaningful scholarship to qualified/deserving IP students based on screening criteria and benefits or privileges set forth in the Guidelines.

The Support and Advocacy Program. This collective term refers to education-related projects and activities that complement the EAP and MBSP and Advocate holistic development to include initiatives other than educational assistance and scholarship, such as but not limited to Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) and other Review programs; Bridging Programs, School and Community-related Health Programs; Appropriate Social Infrastructures; and Trainings and Research Programs for Culturally Appropriate IP Education.

Sub-Program 3: IP Culture Services

Considered as a mechanism of assisting the cultural communities preserve their cultural and historical heritage and at the same time evoking public awareness and respect for the IPs and their rights, is the extension of support to them in the practice of their rituals and ceremonies whenever these are necessary held. The performance of cultural manifestations as in rites, songs dances chants, and games, and the presentation of their native life ways, literature and arts, fabric and architectural designs, artifacts and instruments, in their original versions or in a manner in which they have been held through the years, without romanticism or simply aesthetic motivation, is essential to the IPs authentic flow of life and inherent world views at work. Stereotyping, false representation and commercialization of indigenous cultures are current fads that must be reckoned with and corrected. In here, time is of the essence

Sub-Program 4: IP Health Services

Republic Act No. 8371 known as The Indigenous Peoples Rights Act of 1997 declares that the State shall recognize and promote all the rights of Indigenous Cultural Communities/Indigenous Peoples (ICCs/IPs) to government’s basic services health included. The Universal Health Care (UHC)/Kalusugan Pangkalahatan (KP) (AO 2010-0036) addresses inequities in health outcomes ensuring that all Filipinos have equitable access to health care. The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 2007 (UNDRIP) states that Indigenous Peoples have the right to improvement of their economic and social conditions without discrimination; develop priorities and strategies for exercising their right to development; right to traditional medicines maintain their health practices; conserve their vital medicinal resources and access health and social services without discrimination; enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health; maintain, control, protect and develop their cultural heritage, traditional knowledge and cultural expressions and intellectual property over them.