IPs refuse government sharing plan on ancestral domain

The INDIGENOUS (PA) peoples of the city of General Santos have rejected a government recommendation for a 50-50 land split of at least 3,293 hectares of their ancestral domain in Barangay Tambler.

Jeanne Anne Moendig-Zoilo, director of Region 12 of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), said six IP clan chiefs claimed 700 to 800 hectares for each of them, but the government cannot respond. at their request for the whole and the actual ancestral domain. .

Zoilo admitted that his office would struggle to issue and award certificates of ancestral land title (CALT) to intellectual property claimants from the six clans if they insisted on getting the 3,293 hectares.

“The entire 3,293 hectares declared by NCIP as ancestral lands cannot be divided equally among the affected IP claimants since each clan leader claims 700 to 800 hectares, and the entire area is not not enough for our office to issue and award the CALT,” she said.

“We can only issue and award CALTs to the six IP Clan Leaders if they accept our 50-50 equal split recommendation, but they rejected our recommendation,” Zoilo said.

It was also learned that almost half of the 3,293 hectares had already been negotiated with foreign buyers and forest pasture lease holders by some of the PI members who presented themselves as clan leaders and representatives who are legitimate claimants.

Jenelyn Calataw, daughter of Netacio Calataw, a clan leader who died fighting for their ancestral lands, said some members of the IP clan are already profiting millions from the sale of their land to foreign buyers.

Zoilo said his office investigated clan leaders who allegedly profited from the sale of ancestral lands for possible violation of the law.

She added that penalties await violators.

Zoilo said only the NCIP can issue and approve the distribution of CALTs to genuine IP clan leaders.

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