Chairman Brigida-Zenaida Pawid has announced her resignation from the National Commission on Indigenous People during last week’s en banc meeting.
Pawid, a staunch anti-mining advocate, however, has yet to relinquish her post pending appointment of her successor, said sources who asked not to be named in the absence of a designated spokesman.
Lawyer Percy Brawner, one of the commissioners, is seen to replace her.
Malacañang is expected to act on the vacancy in time for the next NCIP en banc meeting on August 29.
Other commissioners are Roque Agton, Dionisia Banua, Conchita Calzado, Cosme Lambayon, Santos Usad and Executive Director Basilio Wandag.
Employees who were told earlier of her plans to quit would not discount the fact that Pawid’s position became untenable following the mining policy enunciated by the Aquino administration.
NCIP sources said Pawid, who has been campaigning against mining particularly in Palawan together with Banua and ABS-CBN Foundation Managing Director Gina Lopez, found Executive Order on mining guidelines, contentious.
The EO would allow mining in certain areas which to her personal belief should not be allowed at all. The directive has delineated places exempted from mining operations but has allowed mining firms that already hold contracts with the government before the issuance of the order.
Not a few employees have learned from white papers and postings in the social network about Pawid facing charges before the Office of the Ombudsman.
A protégé of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process and cabinet oversight of the NCIP, Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles, she was appointed on June 7, 2011 to replace Agton.
She was a member of Cordillera People’s Forum and was involved in the Social Reform Agenda that crafted the Indigenous People’s Rights Act which created the commission.
Pawid was a member of the government peace panel that negotiated with the National Democratic Front during the Ramos administration, earning her a nomination alongside 26 Filipino women and 1,000 others from all over the world for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize.
NCIP head quits
by DUCKY PAREDES – http://www.malaya.com.ph/index.php/opinion/11493-ncip-head-quits-and-a-l...
24 August 2012
‘It does not necessarily follow that the President not tippimg me off means a loss of trust. If that were so, the President would have told me so directly.”
During the en banc meeting in Quezon City last week Chair Brigida Zenaida Pawid of the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) announced her irrevocable resignation effective immediately.
Although she did not explain the reason for this, Pawid is known to be a staunch anti-mining advocate and it is believed that she disagrees with the President’s EO 79, that sets the guidelines for mining activities.
She will have to talk to Malacañang, however, before actually relinquishing her post. It is expected Atty. Percy Brawner, one of the current NCIP board members, will replace her. Other members of the Commission are Roque Agton, Dionisia Banua, Conchita Calzado, Cosme Lambayon, Santos Usad and executive director Basilio Wandag.
The next NCIP en banc meeting will be next Wednesday, August 29.
Pawid has been actively campaigning against mining, particularly in Palawan, together with Banua and ABS-CBN Foundation Managing Director Gina Lopez, has shown her disappointment with the issuance of EO 79.
The EO allows mining operations in certain areas (such as Palawan) where, Pawid believes, should not be any mining. While the EO has delineated areas exempted from mining operations, it adopts the grandfather rule that allows mining firms which, before the issuance of the EO, had already secured a mining contract with the government, before the issuance of the EO, to continue in their concession areas. Pending and new applications are automatically disapproved.
NCIP sources say Pawid was pressured to resign because she failed to get the support of NCIP employees including mid-level executives and bureau directors. She has also been the subject of poison pen letters and “white papers.”
In one instance, Pawid placed two NCIP officials on suspension for one year without pay allegedly on order of the Ombudsman even if she could not present any suspension order from the anti-graft body.
The field officials, a regional director and provincial officer questioned Pawid’s suspension order. Other NCIP regional directors and provincial officers rallied behind the victims of Pawid’s alleged illegal suspension order.
Pawid is a protégé of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process and cabinet oversight of the NCIP, Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles. She was named to head the NCIP on June 7, 2011 replacing now board member Roque Agton.
Pawid is a member of the Cordillera People’s Forum (CPF) and was involved in the Social Reform Agenda which crafted RA 8371 otherwise known as the Indigenous People’s Rights Act (IPRA) which created the NCIP.
She was a member of the government peace panel that negotiated with the National Democratic Front during the Ramos administration, which earned her a nomination (together with 26 Filipinas, part of 1,000 women from all over the world) for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize.