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NGO passes on cattle, chicken to Kalinga sub-tribes

by Peter A. Balocnit

Tabuk, Kalinga (24 October) -- Fifty cattle and dozens of chickens were pass-on to two sub-tribes here by the International Association for Transformation (IAT) in celebration of Heifer International Philippines (HIP) gift for peace – part 2.

With the theme "Strengthening inter-tribal relationship towards peace and development", the HIP-IAT signed a livestock contract with the Matagoan Farmers Association (MFA) composed of new Balbalan villagers and the Burayukan-Balong Farmers Association (BBFA) from the Gamonangs tribe.

Also distributed to the partner-families were vegetable seeds, seedlings and basic agricultural tools simultaneous with the signing of a livestock contract.

50 families from the tribes of Balbalan residing at new Balbalan, Lacnog and the Gamonangs of Burayukan and Balong were the beneficiaries of cow fattening, carabao and chickens during the original pass-on of gifts.

The past two years, the tribes of Tulgao in Nambaran and Basao in Bayabat, Dilag were the first beneficiaries of livestock and now on their third generation pass-on. Both tribes passed on the gifts to the in-coming generation of their tribes.

It can be recalled that the iNambaran Peoples Organization (iNAPO) gave cows to the Basao-Dilag Community Association for Rural Development (BDCare) in exchange of the latter's goats.

This year, iNAPO has 43 family 3rd generation recipients of passed on gifts with P102,228.00 savings from their self-help project while BDCare, with 20 family beneficiaries, has P35,450.00 savings.

Also, the Danggayan Farmers Organization (DFO) of the Lubo tribe living at Hilltop here and the Saleng Farmers Association (SFA) in (Butbut) Pacak are on 2nd generation pass on of gifts from the total original HIP-IAT pass on of 40 cattle.

DFO was able to save P23,600.00 and SFA – P4,350.00. The money is used for providential needs of members.

During the original pass on ceremony, Sison Paut, Chief Executive Officer of IAT challenged MFA and BBFA members in the expansion areas to replicate what iNAPO and BDCare has achieved.

Meanwhile, Meehan Buliyat, Head of HIP- Luzon urged family-partners to sustain what has been started, make it grow according to the 12 core values of partnership. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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