Philippines: Policy on Traditional Knowledge

  • General Information

The National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) is the primary government agency that was established 1997. This agency formulates and implements policies, plans and programs for the recognition, promotion and protection of the rights and well-being of Indigenous People (IP) with due regard to their ancestral domains and lands, self-governance and empowerment, social justice and human rights, and cultural integrity. It holds a mandate to protect and promote the interest and well-being of the Indigenous Cultural Communities/IP with due regard to their beliefs, customs, traditions and institutions.

Recently, the creation of a Department of Indigenous Peoples (DIP) is being proposed, which shall act as the primary government agency tasked to formulate and implement national policies, plans and programs relating to the rights of Indigenous Cultural Communities or Indigenous Peoples (ICCs/IPs), which will see a boost to the NCIP’s present function.


  • Contact Details

National Commission on Indigenous Peoples
2nd Floor N. dela Merced Building, Cor. West and Quezon Avenues,
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Telephone : (63 2) 575-12-00
Telefax : (63 2) 373-97-87
Website :


  1. Official gazette. Office of the President of the Phillipines. Last accessed on 23 October 2012 at
  2. presence of the STAR group publication. Department of Indigenous People Proposed. Last accessed on 23 October 2012 at