Mati City Mayor Michelle N. Rabat has issued an executive order establishing the Tribal Affairs Office (TAO) of the city.
“There is an urgent need to establish a Tribal Affairs Office to specifically address the issues and concerns of the Indigenous Cultural Community/Indigenous Peoples (ICCs/IPs) of the City of Mati and in the exigency of the service,” Rabat said in EO No. 90, which she signed on September 15, a copy of which was posted on the local government’s Facebook page Friday, September 18.
The TAO, which is under the Office of the City Mayor, shall be headed by a competent individual, duly designated by the mayor, and shall determine the staff and personnel requirements of his/her office.
TAO is tasked to plan, formulate, implement, coordinate, and monitor all activities, programs and projects related to ICCs/IPs.
It shall also oversee and supervise the implementation of policies, plans and programs and projects pertaining to the preservation and development of the culture, traditions, and institutions of the ICCs/IPs.
The EO shall take effect immediately.