Working towards these commitments
Secure territorial rights for Indigenous Peoples
Effective actions against land grabbing
Protected land rights defenders
The Cordillera Peoples Alliance envisions the establishment of an autonomous Cordillera region in which indigenous peoples can exercise their rights to ancestral domains and self determination, and create a just society within the framework of a truly sovereign and democratic Filipino nation. The CPA is committed to pursuing and promoting the human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous peoples and of all democratic sectors in the Cordillera region. It is especially committed to defending the ancestral domains of the indigenous peoples of the Cordillera against usurpation, protecting the resources in these domains against plunder, abuse, and destruction; striving for people’s equitable access to the said resources and to the benefits derived from their utilization; and fighting for the Cordillera peoples’ self determination.
The CPA aims to inform and educate, organize and mobilize indigenous communities and democratic sectors in the Cordillera region for common actions in ancestral land and environmental defense, the advancement of peasants and workers rights to the means and gains of production, the advancement of other legitimate sectoral interests, and the assertion of the right of indigenous peoples to freely determine and pursue their own development. The CPA also aims to draw political and material support for these actions from the wider Filipino and international public.
The Cordillera Peoples Alliance works mainly in the Cordillera region, northern Philippines. The CPA also actively promotes indigenous peoples' rights in the Philippines by being a member of the KATRIBU National Alliance of Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines and by being part of its leadership body. The CPA does organizing among indigenous communities, informing and educating the wider public on indigenous peoples’ issues, mobilizing indigenous groups for collective actions, conducting research on various issues and concerns, mediating inter-tribal conflicts, promoting indigenous peoples’ rights in cultural forms, building solidarity with indigenous peoples and advocates around the world, and providing socio-economic services in coordination with non-governmental organizations.