NGO JICA Japan Desk Newsletter Vol. 17 JICA and Indigenous Peoples


According to the data from the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP), there are more than 110 ethno-linguistic groups in the Philippines, with an estimated ethnic population of 8 million 1 or 10% of the country’s 80 million people. Half of them are in Mindanao (48.29%) and the other half in Luzon (49.47%), with a few 2.24% scattered across the different Visayas islands.
o this day, they still practice a lifestyle that flourished before Islamic and Spanish contact. Their arts and culture are the last remnants of a rich part of Philippine history. Hence, these indigenous communities are an important and integral part of the Filipino Identity.

Source InstitutionJapan International Cooperation Agency
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Place of PublicationManila
Original Publication DateAugust 1, 2008