Val­ley IP rep takes oath

Sun.Star Baguio - - FRONT PAGE - Lau­ren Alimondo

NA­TIONAL Com­mis­sion on Indige­nous Peo­ple (NCIP) re­gional di­rec­tor At­tor­ney Roland Calde af­firmed the se­lec­tion of Indige­nous Peo­ple Rep­re­sen­ta­tive (IPMR) Pen­don Thompson to the lo­cal coun­cil of La Trinidad.

Pur­suant to Sec­tion 16 of the Indige­nous Peo­ples Rights Act and the Na­tional Guide­lines of NCIP for the Manda­tory Rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Indige­nous Peo­ples in Lo­cal Leg­isla­tive Coun­cils, the re-

gional di­rec­tor is­sued cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of af­fir­ma­tion on Novem­ber 9 to Thompson as the new IP rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

In 2009, NCIP guide­lines for the IPMR started to make progress push­ing the com­mis­sion to go to lo­cal gov­ern­ment units, com­mu­ni­ties, and el­ders the need to have leg­isla­tive rep­re­sen­ta­tion in gov­ern­ment with that of an IP rep­re­sen­ta­tive com­plet­ing the 10 mem­bers of the au­gust body.

The oath tak­ing cer­e­mony, wit­nessed by Balili vil­lage chief Ra­mon Tomin and Coun­cilor Rod­er­ick Awingan with Mayor Romeo Salda ad­min­is­ter­ing the oath of of­fice of the new mu­nic­i­pal IP rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

Thompson of­fi­cially as­sumed work in the coun­cil and will suc­ceed for­mer IPMR Marcelo Abela

Thompson was elected as the town’s IP rep­re­sen­ta­tive with 53 votes edg­ing Ro­drigo Luis who gar­nered 25 votes.

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