An important part of the identity of Tagum’s indigenous cultural communities is now given protection with the signing of City Ordinance No. 15, 2- 2021 institutionalizing the proper use of IP traditional attire during parades, exhibits, gatherings, presentations and other related public activities relative to the appropriate and correct representation pursuant to the mandate of RA 8371 known as the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act of 1997.
This landmark legislation authored by City IPMR Bia Jessica Pandacan – Ado is part of Tagum’s commitment in championing the rights of its cultural communities by ensuring the protection, preservation and recognition of the cultural and social significance of every color, fabric, design, cut and style embedded in all tribal attires of the Indigenous Peoples / Indigenous Cultural Communities in the city.
The ceremonial signing of the IP Attire Ordinance was spearheaded by the city’s Local Chief Executive Mayor Allan Lopez Rellon together with the head of the 8th City Council of Tagum, Vice Mayor Eva Lorraine Estabillo. Present during the said signing are the City Councilors of Tagum and the City Tribal Chieftain, Bia Lilia Magkidong – Lagunsad.
Mayor Rellon emphasized that this landmark ordinance is one of the concrete ways in the city’s path towards becoming a City of People where systems and processes are implemented to protect the rights of its people particularly its indigenous peoples on cultural preservation, especially during public events where misrepresentation and improper use of IP attire are usually observed.
Implementation of this ordinance, particularly the issuance of a certification and the conduct of the community-based consultation, will be handled by the City Cultural Communities Affairs Division of the Tagum City Historical and Cultural Office as part of its cultural literacy and preservation program. Xylee Labastida-Palomata/CHCO