Boracay Island – The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), the primary government agency responsible for the formulation and implementation of policies, plans and programs to promote and protect the rights and well-being of Indigenous Cultural Communities/Indigenous Peoples (ICCs/IPs) and the recognition of their ancestral domains as well as their rights. In line with NCIPs mandate, officials and staff led by Chairperson Leonor O. Quintayo, recently conducted an affirmation of Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development Protection Plan (ADSDPP) and full delineation and demarcation of Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) on the ground in favor of the Ati in Boracay Island covering approximately 2.1 hectares in Manoc-Manoc, Boracay, Malay, Aklan.
The Ati Cultural Community Working Group presented for affirmation their ADSDPP to NCIP together with the invited representatives from Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Tourism (DOT), Philippine National Police, Philippine Army, Local Governments, NGOs, and Supportive Business Community (SBC), . The process was facilitated by the Assisi Development Foundation. Respective counterparts/contributions were likewise imparted by said participants.
After the actual field inspection on January 22, 2014, initial markings for the ground delineation and demarcation were initiated on January 30 and 31, 2014. Upon the Resolution of the NCIP, the full delineation and demarcation was carried out on February 23, 2014 and completed on February 25, 2014. Dialogue with non-IP settlers were held on February 26, 2014 and the Notices to Vacate were individually delivered to concerned persons on February 28, 2014 after the inter-agency visit led by the Department of Tourism and Department of Interior and Local Government.