The Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG) has extended support to the three-day validation process for the Indigenous Political Structure (IPS) of the Mënubú Dulangan, which commenced yesterday. The event saw the active participation of approximately 130 elders, tribal leaders, women, and youth from various municipalities, including Ampatuan of Maguindanao del Sur, Sen. Ninoy Aquino, Esperanza, Bagumbayan, Lebak, Kalamansig, and Palimbang of Sultan Kudarat Province, as well as Sarangani and South Cotabato provinces.


The objective of the validation process was to present the documented political structure of the Mënubú Dulangan to the community members, elders, and tribal leaders for acceptance and approval. The IPS, also known as the Mënubú Dulangan Muno Kewit Katab, is founded upon the traditional governance systems, customs, and practices that have been passed down through generations. It encompasses various aspects such as cosmology, spirituality, customary laws, conflict resolution methods, and decision-making processes. The document itself was finalized in September 2021 and has been translated into the local vernacular.


Once validated by the participants, the IPS document will be submitted to the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Region 12, which will then endorse it to the NCIP Commission en banc for confirmation and recognition. This critical step towards recognition and respect for the Mënubú Dulangan's indigenous knowledge systems is expected to contribute significantly to the establishment of a more just and sustainable society.


The confirmation and recognition of the Mënubú Dulangan Indigenous Political Structure hold immense importance in the preservation of their cultural heritage, empowerment of Indigenous communities, promotion of inclusive governance, preservation of ecosystems, and the advancement of social justice. It signifies a major milestone in recognizing and respecting the diversity and richness of the Mënubú Dulangan's Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Practices (IKSP), ultimately striving towards the creation of fair and sustainable societies.


The IAG expresses its gratitude to the NCIP Region 12 and NCIP Sultan Kudarat Province for their partnership in this endeavor. Additionally, the IAG extends its appreciation to Australian Aid for the generous support provided to make this activity possible.