Benguet IP rep takes oath

FOLLOWING protests of his selection process, Sario Copas has finally taken his oath as the new Benguet Indigenous People Mandatory Representative (IPMR).

National Commission on Indigenous Peoples-Cordillera regional director Attorney Roland Calde affirmed the selection of Copas as a IP representative of Benguet in compliance with all existing laws and regulations.

The NCIP released a Certificate of Affirmation on November 20 in front of different IPMR of the 13 municipalities. Board Member Johnny Waguis administered November 24 the oath of office of the new IP representative from Natubleng, Buguias.

It can be recalled in August 18, an assembly was made where Copas garnered 17 votes against his opponent Faustino Maliones, 14 votes and James Ticbayan with three votes, and a lone vote for Thaddeus Bernardo Sr.

The new Benguet IP representative will assume official work in the provincial council awaiting the Certificate of Recognition released by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Cordillera.

In the provincial ordinance adapted March 27, IPMR must also submit to the office of Provincial Board; letter informing the SP of his selection and assumption, certificate of affirmation issued by the NCIP regional director, certification of recognition issued by DILG regional director, local guidelines of the selection of IPMR duly adopted by the concerned ICCs/ IPs, Term Sharing Agreement, Oath of office duly sifned by officer who administered the oath, list of participants involved in the selection process, Certificate of Voter's Registration, and Certificate of Live Birth.

After the submission and verification of the documents, the provincial council recognizes in a form of resolution the new IP representative.

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