IP co-management of tourism sites in ancestral lands sought

A proposal from Board Member Lumis for the co-management of tourism sites in ancestral lands is being considered by the provincial board.

Indigenous peoples representative (IPMR) Joel Lumis has filed an ordinance at the provincial board seeking a co-management arrangement with the province over tourist attractions located inside ancestral domains.

Lumis said he filed his proposed measure after observing that many indigenous communities were not being involved in the management of tourist spots located within ancestral lands.

“Marami ng tourist destinations dito sa Palawan within ancestral domains pero napansin natin na karamihan ay wala tayong nakikitang IP na kasama sa nagma-manage. Kung tutuusin, sila (IP) naman talaga ang nauna diyan,” Lumis stated.

He called for an arrangement similar to the Kayangan Lake in Coron which is being co-managed by the Tagbanua IPs with the Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA).

He also asked that the plans of any government agency and tourism offices should not be valid without the consent of the IPs.

“Sana maisama sila sa co-management sa mga lugar na nasasakupan ng kanilang ancestral domain,” Lumis said.


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