NIA Central Office – NIA Acting Administrator Engr. Eddie G. Guillen, Bugkalot Ancestral Domain Environmental Management Council (BADEMC) Representative Antonio K. Pasigian, and National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Chairperson Allen C. sign the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the Corporate Social Responsibility for the Bugkalot/Ilongot Indigenous Cultural Communities on September 27, 2023 at NIA Matikas Multipurpose Hall.
NCIP Region II Commissioner Simplicia P. Hagada, BADEMC Chairperson Daniel Pasigian, Bugkalot leaders and members, NIA Senior Deputy Administrator Engr. Robert C. Suguitan, OIC-Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Sector Engr. Josephine B. Salazar, Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance Sector Robert Victor G. Seares, UPRIIS Acting Department Manager Gertrudes A. Viado, and other NIA key personnel are present in the event.
BADEMC Chairperson Pasigian expressed his appreciation and gratitude to the good leadership of NIA Administrator Guillen.
“Nagkaroon po tayo ng iba’t ibang dialogue. Dito po nabuksan ang aming kaisipan na kung saan pumayag po kami sa offer ng ating gobyerno. Bakit kasi hindi natin gamitin ang win-win solution. Nagkaroon po ng kaunting hidwaan ang aming tribo subalit nanatiling matatag ang pamunuan sa ground, sa aming sariling lupang ninuno na hindi naming pinagyagan ang kung sinumang gustong maghari-harian. Kaya naglakas-loob po kami na i-offer ang aming pakikiisa sa NIA. Para sa ganoon, win-win solution. Matulungan po namin ang gobyerno at matulungan din po kami ng gobyerno”, Mr. Pasigian said.
The message of Mr. Pasigian was only one of the numerous testimonials of gratitude from the Agency’s stakeholders. This proves that NIA, under the leadership of Administrator Guillen, remains committed and dedicated in serving the nation.
In his message, Administrator Guillen said that the MOA signing is a symbol of NIA’s recognition about the importance of indigenous cultural communities and Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in irrigation development. It also represents NIA’s commitment to secure the rights and welfare of the indigenous peoples as one of the Agency’s stakeholders.
“Nais ko pong ipaabot ang aking pasasalamat sa pamunuan ng NCIP bilang ating kasangga upang matiyak ang maayos at mabuting kapakanan ng Bugkalot Tribe. Sa ating mga kapatid na bugkalot, kayo po ay makakaasa na ang nia ay mananatiling nakasuporta sa inyo. Kami po ay kaisa ninyo upang mas mapaunlad pa ang inyong pamumuhay at mas mapagyabong pa ang inyong kultura at tradisyon”, Administrator Guillen said.
Officers and Members of the Bugkalot Tribe performs their ritual dance before the Ceremonial Signing of MOA on Corporate Social Responsibility. It symbolizes the stronger partnership among NIA, NCIP, and BADEMC to secure the welfare of the Bugkalots.
NIA Acting Administrator Engr. Eddie G. Guillen signs the MOA on the Corporate Social Responsibility for the Bugkalot/Ilongot Indigenous Cultural Communities
NCIP Chairperson Allen C. Capuyan signs the MOA on the Corporate Social Responsibility for the Bugkalot/Ilongot Indigenous Cultural Communities.
BADEMC Representative Antonio K. Pasigian signs as witness during the MOA on CSR activities for Bugkalot/Ilongot Indigenous Cultural Communities.
NIA Senior Deputy Administrator Engr. Robert C. Suguitan signs as witness during the MOA on CSR activities for Bugkalot/Ilongot Indigenous Cultural Communities.
NIA Acting Administrator Engr. Eddie G. Guillen delivers his message.
Ceremonial Signing of MOA on the Corporate Social Responsibility for the Bugkalot/Ilongot Indigenous Cultural Communities