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ABOUT

The Panaghiusa Philippine Network to Uphold Indigenous Peoples' Rights (Panaghiusa Philippine Network) is a broad national network of Indigenous Peoples’ (IPs) organizations and support groups. The network works to defend IPs’ rights, strengthen the campaign for justice to victims of criminalization and other human rights violations (HRVs), and call to end the culture of impunity that persists in the Philippines.

Email: panaghiusa.philippines@gmail.com; communication.panaghiusa@gmail.com

Our Mission

OUR MISSION

We protect and promote Indigenous Peoples' rights by fighting for justice.

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OUR VISION

A nation that recognizes, respects, and protects Indigenous Peoples' rights to ancestral domains, self-determination, and life.

OUR MANDATE

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To document and monitor criminalization and human rights violations against Indigenous Peoples.

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To promote the rights of Indigenous Peoples to ancestral domains, self-determination, and the right to life.

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To support and strengthen its member organizations in achieving their goals of protecting and promoting the rights of Indigenous Peoples and other marginalized groups.

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NATIONAL COORDINATING COUNCIL

NATIONAL SECRETARIAT

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Prince Albert “Prince” Turtogo

National Coordinator

Prince is an Indigenous Peoples' rights advocate, human rights defender, and activist. He served as the National Chairperson and Spokesperson of Kabataan para sa Tribung Pilipino (KATRIBU Youth), a nationwide youth organization that advocates for the rights of the National Minorities to ancestral lands and self-determination, from 2018 to 2020. In 2019, he was elected as the Chairperson of the University of the Philippines Manila University Student Council, the highest policy and decision-making body of over 5,000 students from the Manila, Baler, Palo, and Koronadal campuses, serving two terms from 2019 to 2021. In 2018, he was the lone UP Manila recipient of the UP Presidential Leadership Award for Undergraduates. He has also previously volunteered in Christian missions in Metro Manila and chaired socio-civic and public relations student society organizations in his university.

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Khim Russel “KR” Abalos

Communications Officer

KR is a defender of Indigenous Peoples’ collective, civil, and political rights, volunteer reporter for Baguio-based alternative media outfit Northern Dispatch, and member of cultural group Himno at Sining sa Tribu (HST). Despite attacks against him, such as red-tagging, death threats, and judicial harassment, he bravely stands with Filipinos and amplifies Indigenous Peoples’ rights to self-determination and ancestral lands by being part of progressive institutions and organizations. He served as the Secretary-General and College of Arts and Communication Representative of the University of the Philippines Baguio (UPB) University Student Council for the academic years 2017-2018 and 2018-2019, respectively. He was also the Spokesperson of Youth Act Now Against Tyranny Cordillera and co-convener of the National Union of Students of the Philippines Cordillera. As a journalist, he became the coordinator of College Editors Guild of the Philippines Cordillera. He also volunteered for human rights and service-oriented institutions Cordilleran Youth Center and Kabataan Party-list Cordillera. Moreover, KR was also a member of the most established political organization Alliance of Concerned Students UPB, progressive LGBTQIA+ organization Bahaghari UPB, provincial organization UP Organization of Novo Ecijanos UPB Chapter, and performing organization UP Baguio Cheer Squad.

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Diana “Ching” Ancheta

Project Assistant

Ching is an Isneg-Itawes-Igorot activist from Cordillera, Philippines, who actively advocates for Indigenous Peoples’ rights to ancestral domains and self-determination, Quality Education for All, and Climate Justice. As an IP who struggled her way to a good university, she devoted some of her free time to volunteering: teaching less fortunate children reading, writing, basic mathematics, and English. In her earlier years, she assisted students in her community with remedial classes, preparing for the National Career Assessment Examination (NCAE), and tutoring some to pass their classes. In 2020, she taught English and Science to a class at Lumad Bakwit School, Save Our Schools Network (SOS)-Metro Manila. In 2022, she conducted basic reading, writing, and math classes for street children in Bulacan. She was also a member of the Education and Research Committee of Kabataan para sa Tribung Pilipino (KATRIBU), an organization of youth and students from different schools and communities who are supporting and advocating the cause of the national minority for ancestral lands and self-determination, at the UP Diliman Chapter. In 2021, she became a member of the Propaganda Committee of the National Chapter of the same youth advocacy organization.

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Justeene “Diwa” Dammay

Bookkeeper

Diwa is a Tuwali from Ifugao who advocates for the rights and welfare of Indigenous Peoples. She was the Finance Officer of Dap-ayan ti Kultura iti Cordillera, an alliance of cultural workers based in the Cordillera Region working to develop and promote indigenous art forms as an integral part of the evolving Filipino culture. She also became the Assistant Finance Staff of Cordillera Disaster Response and Development Services in 2017 and Cordilleran Youth Center (CYC)’s Bookkeeper from 2017-2021 and CYC-Kids and Youth Philippines Program’s Finance Officer from 2018-2021, respectively. As an indigenous woman, she facilitated various projects in the Cordillera to futher the public’s awareness on the sector’s concerns, such as Voters’ Education in Kalinga (2019), Cultural Exchange and Workshop with Belgian Visitors (2019), annual Kaigorotan Youth Week, Cultural Workshop in Ifugao (2016), and Abra Women Provincial Caucus (2018).

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