99 OG No. 50, 7664 (Dcember 15, 2003)

[ PROCLAMATION NO. 486, October 13, 2003 ]

PROCLAMATION NO. 486 DECLARING WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2003 AND EVERY YEAR THEREAFTER AS "NATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES THANKSGIVING DAY"



WHEREAS, the Constitution mandates the recognition, protection and protection of the rights of indigenous cultural communities/indigenous peoples (ICCs/IPs) within the framework of national unity and development;

WHEREAS, Republic Act. No. 8371, dated October 29, 1997, known as the indigenous Peoples Right Act (IPRA) carried into effect the aforementioned Constitutional mandate;

WHEREAS, there is a need to accord due recognition of, and focus national attention to, the importance of this event as it marks a significant milestone in the history of our nation, and the ICC/Ips comprising about seventeen (17%) percent of the national population;

WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper that the ICC/IPs and other sectors, including concerned government agencies, be given full opportunity to observe the events on October 29,2003 and every year thereafter as the national ICC/IP thanksgiving day;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GLORIA MACAPAGAL – ARROYO, president of the Republic of the Philippines, by virtue of the power vested in me by law, do hereby declare Wednesday, October 29, 2003 and every year thereafter as "NATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES THANKSGIVING DAY".

IN WITHNESS WHREOF, I HAVE hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.

DONE in the City of Manila, this 13th day of October in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Three.

(Sgd.) GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO


By the President:

(Sgd.) ALBERTO ROMULO

Executive Secretary


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