On October 23, 2017, Cartwheel Foundation Philippines (Cartwheel PH) and Cartwheel Foundation International (Cartwheel INTL) held Bayanihan sa Kalusugan, a learning event on culture-sensitive approaches in health. The gathering was meant to further educate and discuss how the well-being of Indigenous Peoples (IPs) could improve through the usage of health approaches and programs that recognize their unique context and lifeways. The three-hour long event took place at the Ortigas Foundation Library in Pasig City, Philippines. Experts discussed how might the main goal of health access for all be achieved and maintained via interdisciplinary cooperation within local, international, public and private sectors.
In the Philippines, 2017 marks the 20th year since the passing of the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act (IPRA or Republic Act No. 8371). The IPRA is a landmark act that mandates the protection and promotion of the rights of indigenous peoples (IP) and communities. Tasked with ensuring that these rights are upheld is the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP). Last October, indigenous leaders, government representatives, and civil society organizations gathered to look back on the 20 years of IPRA and to prepare for the path ahead.
From October 16 to 19, 2017, Cartwheel Foundation Philippines and Cartwheel Foundation International participated in the National Indigenous Peoples Summit entitled, “IPRA@20: Nurturing Indigenous Peoples’ Initiatives in Advancing Rights Towards Sustainable Development”, held at the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation Hall in Manila.
Gathering over 200 indigenous adult and youth leaders from across the Philippines, the Summit enabled a widespread yet careful review of the implementation of IPRA in the past two decades and a thoughtful planning for the years to come. The event also created space for more intimate dialogues with pairings of IP champions and Ramon Magsaysay laureates who shared their successful programs addressing various developmental issues. These learning sessions focused on the themes of Education and Culture, Health, Livelihood and Enterprise, Agriculture and Fisheries, Environment, and Peace and Justice.
Prominent national leaders also lent their voice and support of the efforts towards a just and sustainable society for indigenous peoples. Among the key speakers were Vice President Leni Robredo, Supreme Court Justice Marvic Leonen, and Representative Teddy Brawner Baguilat.
The Summit was organized by the Peace and Human Security Cluster of the Zero Extreme Poverty (ZEP) 2030 movement of which Cartwheel Foundation Philippines is a part. The ZEP 2030 represents the collective initiatives of the country’s civil society sector in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals. Co-organizers of the Summit were Assisi Development Foundation and Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation.
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