Today, we commemorate the 36th anniversary of the 1986 Sipat Peace Talks, also known as the Mount Data Peace Accord.

On September 13, 1986, former President Corazon C. Aquino met with representatives of the Cordillera Bodong Administration (CBA) and the Cordillera People’s Liberation Army (CPLA) at Mt. Data Hotel in Bauko, Mt. Province to form a Sipat (truce) as a first step towards the peace process in the Cordilleras.

During this indigenous treaty, the two exchanged peace tokens. The CBA–CPLA gave representatives of the Philippine government a spear and a shield, and the Philippine government presented the Cordilleran groups an assault rifle (from the Armed Forces of the Philippines) and a Bible and rosary (from President Aquino).

This special (non-working) day is observed to acknowledge the Cordillera people’s aspiration and continued struggle for autonomy.

Sources: Regional Development Council – CAR; Proclamation No. 49 (2022)