DA offers agricultural investment opportunities to Iriga IPs

CITY OF LEGAZPI – At least 28 families of Agta Tabangnon from the city of Iriga will benefit from the agricultural and fishery interventions that will be given by the Ministry of Agriculture (DA) Bicol through the Kabuhayan in Kaunlaran ng Kababayang Katutubo (4Ks).

Emily Bordado, spokesperson for DA Bicol, said on Tuesday that the Indigenous Peoples (IP) community will receive assistance with livelihoods, investments and services.

“4K is a special program developed by DA to provide services to PAs as they are the least traveled area in the country. IPs live in poverty, ”she said.

Bordado said that since IP community areas are generally sloping, the machines will not be viable.

She said PI chief Margarita Cabria suggested that they be given plows and carabaos instead.

“Also, since they are corn growers, a corn husking machine will be useful to them,” Bordado added.

The Tadium Tribal Farmers Association, led by Cabria, is still unregistered while only a few have signed up for the registration system for basic sectors of agriculture.

Andrea Villegas, Head of the Buhi Service Center of the National Commission of Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) said that in general, the main sources of income from intellectual property in the city of Iriga are corn, root crops, vegetables, coconut, banana and Adlai.

The Iriga City IPs own more than 2,493 hectares of ancestral domain, according to records.

DA Bicol 4Ks program member Angela Mae Oblinda said she is reaching out to organized groups, whether registered or not, and holders of Ancestral Domain Title Certificates or Ancestral Domain Certificate applications, provided they are recognized by the NCIP as legitimate intellectual property organizations.

IPs must be residents and remain in their ancestral domain.

In case they are not yet organized or registered, the zone coordinator will assist them.

“This new program will pursue investments and opportunities for IPs using large ancestral estates as potential food production areas,” DA Bicol Regional Director Rodel Tornilla said in a statement. (ANP)

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