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Palawan provincial gov’t holds Indigenous Peoples’ Summit

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Around 260 members of the Indigenous Peoples community have gathered at the Palawan Capitol for a summit last October 10.

The Indigenous Peoples’ (IP) Summit, carried the theme “Bridging, Bonding and Binding.”

“Layunin nito na maipamulat sa mga mahihirap na Palaweño ang kanilang mga kakayahan sa pagtulong sa pagpapaunlad ng kanilang komunidad at maibalik ang tiwala ng mga ito sa gobyerno,” said the province.

Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Ninfa B. Rubio said that the event aims to make IPs feel that they are not being neglected and that the government actually cares for them.

“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.

A total of seven tribes joined the three-day summit, namely Cuyonon, Agutaynen, Molbog, Tagbanua, Palaw’an, Cagayanen, and Batak.

Two projects were also launched during the summit, the Community Driven Development and Poverty Reduction Program and the New Banua Institute for Resiliency and Green Growth.

“Ang Community Driven Development and Poverty Reduction Program ay kasalukuyan nang isinasakatuparan ng Pamahalaang Panlalawigan. Ito ay nakatuon hindi lamang sa mga pangkabuhayang interbensyon kundi pati na rin sa mga serbisyong nakaakma sa kultura ng bawat katutubo,” the province said.

“Kabahagi naman ng Pamahalaang Panlalawigan sa New Banua Institute for Resiliency and Green Growth project ang Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI),” it added.

The Indigenous Peoples’ Summit is the continuation of the 1st Inclusive Development Summit held last year.

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