Dear Partners, Friends, and Advocates,
This July 28,President Benigno Aquino III will deliver his 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA) and in the last 4 SONAs he is not even mentioning the plight of the indigenous peoples in their right to self-determination.
The Aquino government caused serious concerns on his development agenda relying on the Private-Public Partnershipwhich favors corporate profit than responding to the needs of the peoples, has brought more problems than solutions, more hardships than ease to the lives of the indigenous peoples and rural communities. The increasing large-scale mining permits issued, coal operating contracts, agro-industrial conversions and escalating human rights impact to these businesses.
The promise of change has been central to the Aquino’s campaign. Has the first 4 years showed concrete steps towards the direction of change? How does this administration inform itself of the issues and problems faced by the indigenous peoples? And how has it position itself to be able to address these issues?
The women and men leaders of the indigenous communities will come together in their annual gathering of SIPA to reflect and assess on how the Aquino government took seriously its promise of change. This time, the SIPA 2014 will continuously remind the government on the Indigenous Peoples agenda.
With this, we invite you to join the culmination event on July 25, 2014 (Friday) at Bulwagan ni Rizal Hall, Faculty Building, UP Campus, Diliman, Quezon City from 9:00am to 1:30pm.
The SIPA or the State of the Indigenous Peoples Address is a national gathering of indigenous peoples to present to the President of the Philippine government and the Filipino people the true state and plight of the indigenous peoples, their issues and concerns, their aspirations and their struggles to protect and promote their rights as communities and as peoples; and how these have remained to be neglected and ignored by the Philippine government. The first SIPA was held in 2008, and has become an annual event since then.
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