Office of Empowerment and Human Rights

Key Functions

  1. Ensures that capability building mechanisms are instituted and ICCs/IPs are afforded every opportunity, if they so choose, to participate in all levels of decision-making;
  2. Ensures that the Basic Human Rights and such other rights as the NCIP may determine, subject to existing laws, rules and regulations are protected and promoted;
  3. Assists ICCs/IPs work out an appropriate interface between customary political structures and self-governance with the mainstream machinery for governance including the establishment and administration of tribal barangays and support for autonomous regions;
  4. Ensures that the basic elements of Free and Prior Informed Consent are present and are complied with in all instances when such must be secured;
  5. Studies and establishes models for appropriate interface in tribal and non-tribal governance;
  6. Facilitates the participation of ICCs/IPs in all national and international for a where their effective representation is required;
  7. Conducts researches on the IP women and youth situation including their basic human rights situation and recommends programs for their development in accordance with indigenous practices;
  8. Empowers ICCs/IP communities through community organizing; and,
  9. Performs such other functions as the Commission may deem appropriate and necessary.