CHR joins Aug. 9 day of indigenous peoples; laments lack of financial aid, health program

Published August 9, 2021, 2:14 PM

by Czarina Nicole Ong Ki

Commission-on-Human-Rights

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) joined today’s, Aug. 9, commemoration of the “International Day of World Indigenous Peoples 2021.”

But the CHR, while rejoicing the commemoration, did not hide its lament that while there are laws to protect indigenous people (IP), they still remain the poorest and disadvantaged members of society.

“Their situation is made worse by the pandemic and the limited means of information communicated to them,” it said.

“Here in the Philippines, there are approximately 14 to 17 million indigenous people (IP) belonging to 110 ethno-linguistic groups,” the CHR said.

The commission pointed out that the IPs are often overlooked in the government’s financial aid and health programs especially since they live in remote areas.

These IPs shared that there was lack of food provisions because of government-imposed restrictions, and their crops were even left to rot because they were unable to transport them while under rigid mobility restrictions.

Indigenous women and girls, in particular, face “triple discrimination” based on gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.

It said that indigenous women whom it interviewed disclosed that they faced discrimination from health care workers as they claimed to have experienced degrading treatment and verbal abuse from them.

Indigenous women and girls, in particular, face “triple discrimination” based on gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.

Indigenous women who were interviewed by the Commission revealed that they faced discrimination from health care workers as they claimed to have experienced degrading treatment and verbal abuse from them.

 
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