July 19, 2024

A civil servant from the Ilocos Region will now head the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples-Cordillera .
Manual Jaramilla, who headed NCIP Region l, replaced NCIP-Cordillera Director Ronald Calde, who will in turn assume as head of NCIP-Region l.
During the turnover on Jan. 13, Calde said Jaranilla will not have a difficult time attending to the concerns of the indigenous peoples in the Cordillera as these are similar to the concerns of IPs in the Ilocos Region.
“IPs in Region 1, who ascribe themselves to the Bago IP groups were once part of Cordillera. It just so happened that they were separated by political boundary,” Calde said.
He added the indigenous knowledge, systems, and practices of IPs from Region l have similarities with that of the IPs in the Cordillera.
Jaramilla said he belongs to the Bago tribe of Region l and assured he will continue works Calde started for IPs in the Cordillera.
Jaramilla traces his roots to Capariaan, Sta. Cruz, Ilocos Sur.
Jaramilla rose from the ranks of first level civil servants. He was appointed as director of NCIP-Region l in Sept. l, 2018.
From 1995 to 2018, he jumped from one position to another at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority. He first worked as a livestock inspector from the then Ministry of Agriculture in 1981.
Calde asked personnel of the NCIP-Cordillera to support Jaramilla.
The reassignment of the two regional directors according to NCIP Commissioner for Luzon Gaspar Cayat, was ordered by NCIP Chair Allen Capuyan. – Rocky Ngalob