Indigenous Peoples constitute between 14 and 17 per cent of the population of the Philippines. In the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, a unique identity is taking shape, known as the Non-Moro Indigenous Peoples. 

The rights of Indigenous Peoples are guaranteed by the Philippines Constitution and international law. The passage of the Bangsamoro Organic Law provides opportunities for the Non-Moro Indigenous Peoples to assert their rights to ancestral domain, self-governance, cultural preservation, social justice and human rights. However, despite these developments, significant progress on the ground remains vague.


Publication date
30 November 2023
Romeo Saliga
Number of pages
Institute for Autonomy and Governance


1. Introduction

2. Background

3. Analysis

4. Conclusions and policy recommendations

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Full Recognition for Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in the Philippines

The Case of the Non-Moro Indigenous Peoples in the Bangsamoro and Lessons for Cordillera
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