Saturday, March 9, 2019

Eastmincom commits continuing support to IPs

NSFA, Panacan, Davao City - Eastern Mindanao Command vowed to continuously commit in the Indigenous Peoples' quest for self-determination after Lt. General Felimon T. Santos Jr., Commander of Eastmincom graced the 17th Anniversary of the Sovereign Tribal Council for Peace and Development (STCPD) at Balanghai Hotel, Butuan City on March 8, 2019, representing Secretary Delfin Lorenzana of the Department of National Defense.

According to Datu Allan Joy Sumandang, Secretary General of the STCPD which was formerly known as Supreme Tribal Council for Peace and Development, is a conglomeration of 11 tribes in Davao Region. It was expanded to cover the whole Mindanao with 39 tribal group membership.

The Indigenous Peoples have been one of the major stakeholders of peace in Eastern Mindanao as they are considered as the most vulnerable sector in the Communist Terrorist Group' agitation, propaganda and engagement as manifested by the large number or percentage of IP in the ranks of the New Peoples Army.

"We shall continue to implement our peace and development program with culture and conflict sensitivity. We will continue to be the bridge of the Indigenous Peoples in their development as a tribe, people and community," Lt. Gen. Santos Jr. said.

Source:  Public Information Office, Eastern Mindanao Command

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