Ifugao discusses population and development concerns
by Vency D. Bulayungan
Banaue, Ifugao (10 September) -- The 3 League of Local Legislators for Population, Health and Development (3LPHED) conducted a dialogue here last October 7 in a bid to address poverty in the province.
Dubbed as Ifugao Provincial Policy Dialogue, the activity aims for participants to come up with strategies and policies to support programs and projects on population and development, Rio Magpayo of the 3LPHED National Secretariat said.
Albert Indunan, the Executive Secretary of the Governor's Office here, stressed on the implications of a big family. The education and health of the children are sometimes being put aside due to meager resources, he said.
He noted that based on the Ifugao culture, properties are being appropriated in a way that the elder siblings are given the priority thus giving less or even nothing to the youngest. He also pointed out the high cost of living now wherein rearing a big family is very hard.
On the other hand, Vice Governor Nora Dinamling said that the provincial legislative body here crafted ordinances on population and development for ages 0 to senior citizens.
In a presentation of Provincial Planning and Development Officer Carmelita Buyuccan, there are issues and concerns pertaining to population such as mortality among 0-5 years old and maternal mortality; nutrition; access to potable water and sanitary toilets which needs to be addressed.
In 2008, a total of 122 children aged 0-5 years old died and 760 children aged 0-5 years old were malnourished. Nine women also died due to pregnancy.
Buyuccan also noted that out of the 32,678 total households, 7,724 are without access to safe water and 11,770 households are without access to sanitary toilet.
Moreover, there are 5,720 children aged 6-12 years old not attending elementary and a total of 7,454 children aging 13-16 years old not attending high school.
525 households with a population of 2607 are experiencing food shortages and a total of 21,826 households have an income below poverty threshold. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]