SECTION 87. MANDATE, DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE PROVINCIAL ICCs/IPs AFFAIRS OF PROVINCIAL.
To ensure the efficient and effective involvement and participation of indigenous political structures in local governance pursuant to the pertinent provisions of RA 8371, otherwise known as The Indigenous Peoples Rights Act of 1997 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations, the mandate of the Provincial Indigenous Cultural Communities Affairs Office is hereby established to include the following:
- To serve as the Provincial Government’s frontline agency through which existing indigenous political structures in the province, regardless of religion, creed, or tribal nature, can seek LGU assistance, and to act as medium through which such assistance may be extended equitably among the province’s resident ICCs/IPs;
- To render secretariat and other related administrative or technical assistance to include the arrangement of a venue, whenever available, for the Council of Elders and other indigenous political structures to make use of during meetings, conventions, and other related affairs to be organized by such groups as well as record and transcribe the proceedings thereof;
- To coordinate with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP)insofar as implementation of national programs and projects intended for the province’s resident ICCs/IPs are concerned;
- To facilitate and, insofar as practicable, manage the provision of special protection and security to the ICCs/IPs, more especially the elderly, PWD women and children trapped in between armed conflicts;
- To conduct regular livelihood and wellness training and retraining activities, more especially for the resident out‐of‐school youth and women ICCs/IPs, and to promote the participation of indigenous women in decision‐making process in all levels;
- To formulate and propose the implementation of special programs and projects for the economic, social, and cultural development of the province’s resident ICCs/IPs and spearhead the delivery of services in the process of its implementation;
- To conduct forums or activities geared towards the promotion of the rights and privileges of the province’s resident ICCs/IPs pursuant to the pertinent provisions of RA 8371, otherwise known as The Indigenous Peoples Rights Act of 1997 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations; and
- To engage the services and support of other national government agencies, NGOs/CSOs in the pursuit of the foregoing responsibilities.