Indigenous peoples bat for own town in Cotabato province
Koronadal City (26 September) -- Datu Samuel Asicam, Sr., chairperson of the Cotabato Tribal Consultative Council (CTCC), has asked the support of Rep. Bernardo Piņol for the proposed creation of an independent Indigenous People (IP) community to be called the municipality of Apo Sandawa.
Asicam, in his letter to Piņol, said the proposed town shall be composed of 15 villages adjoining Mount Apo National Park with Barangay Ilomavis to be served as the seat of government new IP town.
Apo Gandawa shall be served out fr9om the city of Kidapawan and the towns of Makilala and Maget.
Ilomavis, Balabag, Meohao, and Perez in Kidapawan; Barangays Buhay, new Israel, Buenavida and Batasan in Makilala; Don Panaca, Bangkal, Kinbarum and Bongolanon in Magpet are the villages named to compose the Apo Sandawan town.
"In behalf of the IPs in Cotabato Province, we are confident that you can take care of, guide and assist us attain our development aspirations," Asicam stressed in his letter to Rep. Piņol.
Piņol said the proposed craeatiojn of the Apo Sandawan town should be first addressed by the local chief executive of the Kidapawan, Makilala and Magpet.
The CTCC is hoping for not only the support of Rep. Piņol but that of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and other concerned agencies to achieve ture empowerment and self-determination in Cotabato. (wrb/PIA 12) [top]