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NCIP completes 8 dev't projects

Iloilo City (28 November) -- The regional office of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) based here in this city continue to empower and strengthen the lives of the indigenous people (IP) particularly the Atis and Bukidnons in Western and Eastern Visayas through various socio-economic and cultural development projects.

Recently, NCIP Planning Officer Rizalyn Jimenez reported that eight socio-economic and cultural development projects amounting to P373,842.85 have been completed in identified areas of Western and Eastern Visayas from 2005 - 2006.

Jimenez said of the 8 projects completed, three are in Negros Oriental province, two in Iloilo, one each in Antique and Negros Occidental and the other project was implemented regionwide.

The projects completed under the livelihood component of the Commission are: Establishment of Abaca Nursery in Brgy. San Agustin, Valderrama, Antique; Indigenous Handicraft Development Project in Brgy. Tayawan, Bayawan City, Negros Oriental; and Animal Dispersal Project in Villa Iowa, Minabuntod, Pula, Canlaon, Negros Oriental; Goat Dispersal Projects in Tangtang, Cabatuanan, Basay, Negros Oriental; Draft Animals in Damutan, Hinobaan, Negros Occidental; and Improvement of Water System in Bagunanay, Tubungan, Iloilo.

Jimenez said the Draft Animals project in Damutan, Hinobaan, Negros Occidental received the highest allocation among the livelihood projects amounting to P69,058.00.

Other projects completed are the Emergency Fund for Epidemics and Calamity and other Occurrences implemented regionwide and the Support to School for Living Tradition in Brgy. Garangan, Calinog, Iloilo.

Moreover, Jimenez said there are currently 9 on-going projects being implemented in the provinces of Guimaras, Capiz and Negros Oriental and 6 other projects yet for implementation in Negros Occidental, Iloilo and Aklan.

"Through these projects our indigenous communities are not only empowered and encouraged to participate in the fight against poverty but also show the present government's commitment to help our IPs uplift their living condition", said Jimenez. (PIA) [top]

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