Negros Occidental vows to advance indigenous rights

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The provincial government of Negros Occidental vowed to protect the rights of indigenous peoples (IPs).

Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson signed Executive Order (EO) No. 19-26 series of 2019 that aims to create an inter-agency committee to facilitate and improve the delivery of basic health services to IPs.

Members of the IP-Provincial Inter-Agency Committee (IP-PIAC) affirmed the EO. (

“This is for your rights, those which have already been given and those which you are yet to receive,” said Provincial Health Officer and IP-PIAC chairperson Ernel Tumimbang.

Tumimbang added that IPs should be considered as “brothers and fellow Negrosanon” who should not be forgotten.