Aytas Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration in Olongapo City
Aurea Miclat-Teves, PDI president, gave an inspirational message during the IP day celebration in Olongapo City last October 29, 2015 with the theme: Aytas, aborigines of Zambales are our partners in development. Teves discussed the distinct contribution of IP communities in the socio, economic and cultural life of the Filipinos. Teves stressed the fact that to ensure development there should be IP participation in all levels of decision making but taking into consideration IP culture and identity and their right to self determination.
Katutubong Aetas, Kaisa sa Pag-unlad
(Aytas, aborigines of Zambales, Partner in Development)
We call on all partners (LGUs, IP Organizations) to join PDI in promoting and protecting Aetas rights which are essential to our common good.
PDI urge all of the LGUs, NGOs and IP organizations to work together in full partnership to improve the Aetas lives and welfare.
There should be constructive arrangements to understand Aetas views and values essential to protecting their rights and welfare. We should understand the Aetas vision and their framework of governance for us to live in harmony.
We must ensure the participation of Aetas, including women and children in decision-making at all levels. To ensure development that takes into account culture and identity and the right to self determination.