The Department of Agriculture (DA) recently partnered with National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) in the provision of livelihood assistance to Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in the Province of Bataan.
These two agencies launched the “Ayta Ambala Kabuhayan at Kaunlaran para sa Kababayang Katutubo Indigenous Peoples Culturally Responsive, Socioeconomic, Ecology, Agro-Aqua Technology, and Special Services Integrated Ancestral Domain Development Approach” or the 4Ks-IP CREATESS IADDA.
DA Alternate Focal Person June Lacasandile said 4Ks is a program of their agency that aims to develop and improve the productivity of communities by developing sustainable agricultural and livelihood programs.
Moreover, IP CREATESS is a program of NCIP anchored on the principles of holistic and self-determined development of the Ayta Ambala IPs in barangay Payangan, Dinalupihan town through IADDA.
In his message, NCIP Regional Director Roland Calde hopes this project will create unity among the community, as this will help improve the quality of their lives.
About 40 IPs benefit from the provision of livelihood which included vegetable seedlings, farm tools and farm animals.
Dinalupihan Municipal Mayor Maria Angela “Gila” Garcia said this is aligned with the vision of her municipality to be a model agropolis in Central Luzon.