Tap IPsin pro­tected ar­eas­con­ser­va­tion

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! - BY REY­NALDO G. NAVALES Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

CLARK FREEPORT — The gov­ern­ment should tap indige­nous peo­ple in the con­ser­va­tion of the coun­try’s pro­tected areas.

Sen­a­tor Loren Le­garda stressed this and said indige­nous peo­ples com­mu­ni­ties have al­ways played an im­por­tant role in the preser­va­tion the envi r onm ent .

“They (IPs) em­ploy age-old tra­di­tions in car­ing for our en­vi­ron­ment and nat­u­ral re­sources. We should tap their knowl­edge to ef­fec­tively main­tain the in­tegrity of our bio­di­ver­sity and ecosys­tems,” said Le­garda, Chair of the Se­nate Com­mit­tee on Cli­mate Change and United Na­tions Global Cham­pion for Re­silience.

In line with this, the Sen­a­tor filed Se­nate Bill No. 1185, the pro­posed Indige­nous Peo­ples and Lo­cal Com­mu­ni­ties Con­served Areas Act.

Le­garda said that there are indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties con­served areas (ICCA), which are areas within an­ces­tral do­mains in­clud­ing lakes, coastal seas, forests, and wa­ter­shed im­bued with deep spir­i­tual and cul­tural val­ues for IPs.

An ex­am­ple of an ICCA is the an­ces­tral do­main of the Tag­ban­uas in the is­land of Coron in north­east­ern Palawan. Only tra­di­tional fish­ing meth­ods are al­lowed within its an­ces­tral wa­ters given the sa­cred na­ture of the place among the Tag­ban­uas.

“This pro­posed mea­sure ac­knowl­edges the sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion of con­ser­va­tion areas man­aged by IPs in main­tain­ing the coun­try’s bio­di­ver­sity as well as in cli­mate change mit­i­ga­tion. It is about time that the national gov­ern­ment give due im­por­tance and role to the indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties

The BTECs will be re­spon­si­ble for cours­ing var­i­ous train­ing and ca­pac­ity build­ing as well as em­ploy­ment fa­cil­i­ta­tion ac­tiv­i­ties to the grass­roots within their re­spec­tive barangays.

The OFCs, as an OFW-based sup­port group, will fa­cil­i­tate/ co­or­di­nate em­ploy­ment, liveli­hood, and other forms of in­ter­ven­tion for their fam­ily or rel­a­tives work­ing abroad as OFWs.

The BCGANI, on the other hand, will con­tinue serv­ing as ca­reer guid­ance and coach­ing cham­pi­ons that will pre­pare grad­u­at­ing stu­dents in choos­ing right ca­reer paths.

In ad­di­tion to their du­ties, they will also closely co­or­di­nate with the DOLE, var­i­ous in­dus­tries, and ed­u­ca­tion agen­cies, in help­ing fur­ther min­i­mize jobs mis­match.

All DOLE pro­gram part­ners have strong link­ages with the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Units through their re­spec­tive Public Em­ploy­ment Ser­vice Of­fices (PESOs), the academe, and other civil so­ci­ety groups.

Bello, who as­sured that the DOLE will con­tinue pro­vid­ing tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance to its pro­gram part­ners, urged for their con­tin­ued sup­port, the way Blas Ople has done for them.

“We re­main com­mit­ted in pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance in the at­tain­ment of de­cent work for ev­ery Filipino who ei­ther wants to en­ter the world of work or en­gage in liveli­hood projects in pur­suit of sus­tain­ing them into suc­cess­ful busi­nesses,” Bello said.

“At the wake of the 90th birth­day of Ka Blas Ople, let us em­u­late his self­less act serv­ing our coun­try as a Sen­a­tor and Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary for the La­bor and For­eign Af­fairs De­part­ment in the ut­most in­ter­est of ev­ery Filipino worker, espe­cially those work­ing abroad as OFWs, who are deemed close to his heart. Let us con­tinue to be at our best in his honor,” he added.

Bello went on say­ing that the DOLE pro­gram part­ners play a sig­nif­i­cant role in en­abling more Filipinos land jobs here and abroad like­wise en­gag­ing the marginal­ized sec­tor to en­trepreneur­ship.

At present, em­ploy­ment fa­cil­i­ta­tion pro­grams in­clude the hold­ing of Job Fairs, Spe­cial Re­cruit­ment Ac­tiv­i­ties (SRA), and Spe­cial Pro­gram for the Em­ploy­ment of Stu­dents (SPES), among oth­ers.

Mean­while, wel­fare pro­grams in­clude liveli­hood in­ter­ven­tion from the DOLE In­te­grated and Emer­gency Em­ploy­ment Pro­gram (DILEEP), Ca­reer Guid­ance and Coach­ing, OFW-re­lated pro­grams, and other Ca­pac­ity Build­ing Ac­tiv­i­ties.

Bu­la­can’s top of­fi­cials spear­head­ing the event are Provin­cial Gov­er­nor Wil­hemino Sy-Al­varado, Vice Gov­er­nor Daniel Fer­nando, Provin­cial PESO Man­ager El­iz­a­beth Alonzo, and other of­fi­cials of the Sang­gu­ni­ang Pan­lalaw­igan.

Ople’s chil­dren— Su­san “Toots” Ople, head of the Blas F. Ople Pol­icy Cen­ter and Train­ing In­sti­tute and 1st District Board Mem­ber Felix Ople— were also present in hon­or­ing their fa­ther.

Join­ing Bello were DOLE Re­gional Di­rec­tor Ana Dione, Bureau of Lo­cal Em­ploy­ment Di­rec­tor Dom­inque Ru­bia-Tu­tay, and Tech­ni­cal Sup­port and Ser­vices Di­vi­sion for Em­ploy­ment and Wel­fare head Ale­jan­dro Inza-Cruz.

Other im­por­tant high­lights of the Blas Ople Day in­clude the launch­ing of the Tech4ED and its Cen­ter, as well as the open­ing of the Hagonoy Art Group Ex­hibit.— Jerry Borja/ DOLE-3 LCO

— Chris Navarro

ALAGA KA NI DAGI. Sta. Rita Mayor Fer­di­nand ‘Dagi’Salalila awards the mem­ber data record (MDR) to a PWD ben­e­fi­ciary who is one of 1,020 who re­ceived PhilHealth MDRs from the LGU. Join­ing them dur­ing yes­ter­day’s award­ing are PhilHealth Mar­ket­ing Of­fi­cers Weng Lu­ciano, Aja Laxa-Cadon­don and MHO Len­nard De Vera.

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