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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
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