Palawan eyes reduction of poverty by 25%
Around 260 members from seven tribal groups in Palawan recently attended a three-day Indigenous Peoples (IP) Summit in Puerto Princesa City.
Ninfa Rubio, Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) coordinator, said the participants came from the Cuyunon, Agutaynen, Molbog, Tagbanua, Pala’wan, Cagayanen, and Batak tribes.
She said the event with the theme “Bridging, Bonding, and Binding,” aims to encourage the IP members to help in the development of the communities where they live.
“Unti-unti ay ma-build-up natin ang kanilang self-confidence na hindi sila nagiging mahiyain at intimidated sa mga tao na nasa gobyerno o sa mga taong ang pagtingin nila ay mas mataas kesa sa kanila,” Rubio said.
During the event, the Community-Driven Development and Poverty Reduction Program (CDDPRP) and the New Banua Institute for Resiliency and Green Growth (NBIRGG) was launched.
The CDDPRP, Rubio said focuses on providing livelihood interventions and services to the IPs to enrich their culture and traditions, and to take them out of poverty.
In the implementation of the NBIRGG, the provincial government has partnered with the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI).
“Ang layunin ng institute na ito ay upang ang ating mga marginalized sector at lalong-lalo na ang ating mga katutubo ay maging advocates ng ating mga programang ipinapatupad kagaya ng pag-angat ng kahirapan lalong-lalo na ang paglaban sa mga impact ng climate change,” she pointed out.
Among the activities were a Lakbay Aral to the Binuatan Creations and the Dairy Farm of the Department of Agriculture (DA) to give participants ideas on the livelihood for their communities as well as a seminar on sanitation, hygiene, and waste management was also conducted.
The summit was part of the continuing 1st Inclusive Development Summit that was held last year and held in celebration of the Indigenous People’s Month.
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