Ancestral lands grabbing by private firms have been rampant in the Philippines, and usually, IPs don’t have the legal titles to claim for their rights. Based from the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP)’s data in 2011, 43% of the total ancestral domain area (7.7 million ha) has not yet been awarded with titles.
The overlapping jurisdictions poses threat to their ancestral land claims. Not to mention that IPs are among of the poorest and most disadvantaged social groups in the country. Illiteracy, unemployment and incidence of poverty are much higher among them than the rest of the population.
Map ancestral domain claims and empower IPs to demand for their rights.