Republic Act No. 8371

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Republic Act No. 8371, known as "The Indigenous Peoples Right Act of 1997," was enacted to recognize, protect and promote the rights of Indigenous Cultural Communities or Indigenous Peoples (IP's). The law also provides for the establishment of a National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), the lead government agency that formulates and implement policies, plans and programs for the recognition, promotion and protection of the rights and well-being of Indigenous Peoples and the recognition of their ancestral domains. It was signed by President Fidel V. Ramos on 29 October 1997.


The Republic Act also states that ICC / IP women shall enjoy land rights and opportunities with men in all spheres of life and provides for her participation in the decision-making process in all levels as well, full access to education, maternal and child care, health, nutrition, housing services and training facilities.


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