ARITAO, Nueva Vizcaya – The indigenous Isinai from here have finally obtained their Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) covering more than 11,000 hectares after nearly 15 years of waiting.
The approved CADT has a total area of 11,586.4091 hectares covering 16 barangays in Aritao town, one barangay in Dupax Del Sur town and part of Barangay Mauan in Bambang town, all in Nueva Vizcaya, lawyer Roderick Iquin, National Commission of Indigenous Peoples -Nueva Vizcaya, acting provincial officer, told the Philippine news agency on Friday.
NCIP President Allen Capuyan and other commissioners, in a plenary session, previously deliberated and approved the title with 20 Isinai leaders led by chief petitioner Edgar Llowelyn Daniel.
“With the community’s eternal vision, the wait is over and the journey has only just begun for the Isinai Indigenous Cultural Communities from Aritao to Nueva Vizcaya. Their struggles and sacrifices at the grassroots have been greatly rewarded as they will celebrate the Christmas spirit with gratitude in their hearts, ”added Iquin.
Isinai’s eldest, Krussela Abiva, was delighted with the approval of their title after a long time.
“Finally, we had ours,” she said, recalling their journey in the fight for their rights to the ancestral domain and the collective effort undertaken to turn this dream into reality.
The Isinese submitted their request directly to the CADT on January 6, 2007 and were approved on December 16.
The project involves PHP904,560 with 2,255 holders of ancestral domain rights.
Iquin added that based on documents gathered, the Isinese were first seen roaming Aritao and so far “they have a unique culture of their own.” (ANP)