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Sen. Villar backs Palawan’s developmental projects for IPs

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Senator Cynthia Villar has expressed her support to the two socioeconomic programs of the Palawan Provincial government for the Indigenous Peoples (IPs).

The provincial government launched last October 12 the Community-Driven Development and Poverty Reduction Program and New Banua Institute for Resiliency and Green Growth during the IP Summit.

Villar said that such programs are alligned with her organization SIPAG (Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation & Governance), a non-stock, non-profit organization.

“In pledging my commitment and support to the social development programs, I offer to continue partnership with IPs in bringing my livelihood projects and agricultural training programs to their communities,” Sen. Villar saod.

“We have weaving also, from water hyacinth into handicrafts. So ‘yung may mga water hyacinth sa lugar nyo tuturuan namin sila to wave them into mats, to baskets, bags and many others.”

“Of course besides helping them to be climate resilient, we must also make sure that they can fend for themselves or be economically empowered that is why livelihood generation has always been my focus,” Villar said.

The senator also proposed to the IPs to tap Farm Tourism and Farm School markets.

“Ang Community Driven Development and Poverty Reduction Program ay kasalukuyang 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,” said the province.

“Kabahagi naman ng Pamahalaang Panlalawigan sa New Banua Institute for Resiliency and Green Growth project ang Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). Layon ng New Banua Institute na maging kabalikat ng Pamahalaang Panlaalwigan ang mga mahihirap na Palaweño at mga katutubo sa pagtataguyod ng mga programang ipinatutupad na may kinalaman sa pagsawata ng kahirapan at pagkontrol sa epekto ng climate change,” it added.