IBP Cebu City extends its aid to the indigenous people of Naga City, Cebu


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CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Integrated Bar Association of the Philippines (IBP) Cebu City Chapter launched on Saturday, May 14, 2022, its “ATImanon Nato! Developmental Integrated Legal Aid” for ATI Indigenous Peoples (IPs) who reside in Sitio Buyo, South Poblacion in Naga City, Cebu.

IBP-Cebu City President Michelle Mendez-Palmares said the first batch of services under the program include late birth and marital registrations and Philippine ID system registration which has benefited a total of 97 ATI IP addresses.

The group also extended free medical services and consultations to 86 ATI IP beneficiaries.

In addition to these, a total of 140 ATI IP beneficiaries received free maintenance vitamins and medications, while another 46 took advantage of free COVID-19 vaccinations in preparation for the resumption of services. face-to-face lessons. This was done in partnership with the Central Visayas Department of Health (DOH-7).

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Palmares said it distributed 159 relief kits to 79 families and provided free legal aid services consisting of consulting, drafting, printing and notarizing legal documents, among others, to 73 people. They also distributed back-to-school supply kits to at least 80 ATI learners.

She said a meeting with attorney Hermie Jun Solas Toledo of the National Commission for Indigenous Peoples – Cebu Provincial Office paved the way for the IBP’s Cebu City Chapter to launch programs to help IP communities in Cebu.

On April 30, they also had the big legal aid and awareness program “Araw Para sa Badjao”.

“With the strong support of our generous partners and donors who enable us to do more, lasting and meaningful service to the least, the lost and the last, the IBP Cebu City Chapter is committed to being one with Indigenous peoples’ quest for true recognition, respect and autonomy, and to redress historical injustices to their Indigenous rights and well-being,” she told CDN Digital.

Palmares said their activity in Naga City on Saturday was supported by 123 volunteers and various public and private sector donors.

In the coming days, Palmares said, they also plan to offer TESDA training and organize a sports festival, a scholarship program and other activities for the promotion of ATI’s indigenous handicrafts and products.

She said IBP-Cebu City also plans to help the community rebuild its tribal hall which was damaged by Typhoon Odette which hit Cebu and parts of the Visayas in December 2021.

“We will have successive dates for the delivery of other donations like books, scholarships, as well as other activities,” she said.

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