BALANGA CITY, Bataan – In its effort to erase the common notion that indigenous people (IPs) are neglected and treated as second class citizens, the Provincial Government of Bataan has been implementing numerous programs and services so that the IPs in Bataan will enjoy the same rights and privileges just like all other citizens here.
The fact that they are now given a seat in the provincial government, through the Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR) and take part in the decision making of the local government, is a milestone in the history of the indigenous people.
One strategic initiative that the province of Bataan thru the Provincial Population Office (PPO) is implementing, is providing them programs that will help and assist them to practice their rights towards a better and longer life with the theme, “Kamalayan Mo, Kapakanan Mo, Una sa Kaisipan ng Bayan.”
According to PPOfficer Danilo Perez, their goal is to involve the 1,083 indigenous families in the province in responsible parenting and family planning seminar in coordination with the DOH and the Office of Board Member Danilo Salonga of the IP Mandatory Representative at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.
Perez added that in the conduct of seminar, they will educate our IP families and the youth about responsible parenthood, family planning, gender concept, health and hygiene and youth development.
Perez admitted that their work with the IPs is not that easy, but they will introduce strategies so that the concept of the program will be easily understood, more specifically on the goal of empowering them. Perez stressed that they will do everything, even work double time to reach their goal.