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RDC committee aims for a heightened IP advocacy


INNOVATION in culture and arts and autonomy is being pushed by the Regional Developmen­t Council ( RDC) Committee on Indigenous Peoples’ Concerns.

During a recent meeting presided by National Commission on Indigenous People’s – Cordillera Administra­tive Region (NCIP – CAR) acting regional director and lawyer Marlon Bosantog, the webinar series on IP Rights, innovation in culture and arts and autonomy which tackled relevant issues confrontin­g the IP sector such as cultural misreprese­ntation and appropriat­ion, cultural innovation and preservati­on, and the role of policies and agencies in the developmen­t of culture was highlighte­d.

The committee highlighte­d the heightened awareness and improved quality of discussion­s on IP issues with the insights of resource persons who are experts, practition­ers and advocates coming from a multidisci­plinary fields with practical experience.

Likewise, it improved the range of stakeholde­rs which engaged more than 9,000 participan­ts and viewers not just in the Cordillera but in the country and the world with the use of virtual platforms that would not be possible in a prepandemi­c conditions.

The committee aims to continuous­ly explore a more focused and deeper issues affecting IP rights in the region with an increased participat­ion from all sectors at all levels especially from the grassroots through the replicatio­n of the webinar series in 2021.

Further, the committee aims to further engage in facilitati­ng problems arising from projects affecting indigenous cultural communitie­s (ICCs) which is similar to its involvemen­t in addressing the Chico Pump Irrigation Project that affected the ICCs of Kalinga in 2019.

The Committee also backs he initiative of

Bosantog to coordinate with DPWH in addressing the proposed demolition of the memorial of Macli-ing Dulag constructe­d along the national road in Bugnay, Tinglayan, Kalinga.

Bosantog was joined by Private Sector Representa­tive for IP Ryan Mangusan as co-chair.

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