IP appointed as Davao Del Norte’s newest SP member


Dibabawon Datu Marcial Lig-onan from San Isidro town in Davao Del Norte was sworn as the newest member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) last January 10.

The former was appointed as Davao Del Norte’s provincial indigenous peoples mandatory representative (IPMR)

He is the second IPMR of the province after Datu Victor Pandian finished his three-year term.

Vice Governor Alan Dujali administered the oath of office of Datu Lig-onan before members of the provincial board in a fitting ceremony proceeding the SP maiden session for the year 2017.

After Lig-onan was sworn in, the vice governor immediately signed Lig-onan’s appointment papers to formally accept him as SP member.

In an interview, the 68-year-old IP leader said he would prioritize helping the IPs having problems in claiming their ancestral lands besides working for their livelihood and continuing self-determination.

He is a high school graduate and had served as village leader of Gupitan, San Isidro and is also presently the town’s municipal IPMR.

Other municipal IPMRs were also present during Lig-onan’s oath taking.