Globalization, slow IPRA implementation
hurting IPs – Claver
On the occasion of the launching of the 25th Indigenous Peoples Sunday, Bontoc-Lagawe Bishop Francisco F. Claver, S.J. lamented in a statement the harmful effects of
intensifying global-ization and sluggish implementation of the Indigenous Peoples' Rights Act (IPRA) on the condition of indigenous peoples (IPs) in the country.
Claver, who is also chair of the CBCP
Episcopal Commission on Indigenous Peoples (ECIP), observes that the welfare of IPs is sacrificed in the name of economic progress. The bishop attributes this exploitation to the country's pursuit of
"With these developments, one avenue of defense open to the IPs is for them to fight for their rights, to assert them in the best traditions of people power when they are in
danger of violation or loss," the bishop exhorted.