The National Nutritional Council Davao Region (NNC-11) awarded the provincial government of Davao del Norte…
P1.1 million is given to IP scholars in Davao del Norte.
This year, the provincial government of Davao del Norte has set aside PHP1.1 million to undertake a basic literacy program for its IP students.
Governor Edwin Jubahib said in a statement on Wednesday that “this is in keeping with my administration’s commitment to fostering the health and well-being of the IPs, who play a crucial role in maintaining the province’s cultural heritage.”
Jubahib added that the province had also allocated PHP329,000 for the execution of the KADASIG Project (Knowledge, Advocacy, Development, Assistance Services for the Indigenous Groups), which includes a number of training and skill-upgrading initiatives as well as marketing and product-improvement initiatives.
According to him, part of the project would involve offering IP leaders and community members training and capacity-building initiatives in support of their traditional traditions and customs.
The province government, he added, will also build more IP-specific facilities in outlying locations with little access to public services.
Whatever benefits this initiative may have, Jubahib vowed to ensure that it was an inclusive one that benefited all of the province’s indigenous people.
The governor added that the administration’s “Oplan Kalinaw” program will include a more thorough peace and security component specifically for the indigenous groups living in the province in order to maintain the status of a Davao del Norte free of insurgency.
This effort, according to Jubahib, “is in keeping with the government’s commitment to tackling issues that may contribute to conflicts, such as land disputes, access to resources, and other socioeconomic challenges, particularly the issues of insurgency.”
He promised to keep collaborating with regional IP groups and their tribal leaders to support the provincial government’s initiatives to advance their rights and well-being.
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