Sf:'·.'.i,n: FIFTEENTH CONGRESS OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES First Regular Session ) ) ) OFFICIi: OF '! t" S:fJ.TiETM'tV SENATE Senate Bill No. 841 '~ECliVI:DBV: . ,~ / INTRODUCED BY SEN. JINGGOY EJERCITO ESTRADA EXPLANATORY NOTE The 1987 Constitution has very wisely given the highest priority to the protection and promotion of the rights of indigenous cultural communities to ensure their economic, social and cultural well-being. Various provisions for the promotion of the rights and welfare of the members of the indigenous cultural communities are enshrined in the 1987 Constitution. Hence, it is imperative upon the government to adopt policies and prograrns for indigenous cultural communities. But to ensure that these programs are based on facts and an enlightened judgment, it is necessary to have a continuing in-depth study of the indigenous cultural communities, who should also participate in such study. To serve this purpose, this proposed measure seeks to create a center for studies on indigenous cultural communities. The said center will conduct research and policy studies to proactively and effectively respond to and address the needs of its beneficiaries. The early passage of this proposed measure is highly recommended. Senator

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