NATIONAL Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) regional director Attorney Roland Calde affirmed the selection of Indigenous People Mandatory 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 regional 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. (Lauren Alimondo)