LEGAZPI CITY – At least 28 families of Agta Tabangnon of Iriga City will benefit from the agriculture and fisheries interventions to be given by the Department of Agriculture (DA) Bicol through the Kabuhayan at Kaunlaran ng Kababayang Katutubo (4Ks).
Emily Bordado, DA Bicol spokesperson, said on Tuesday the indigenous peoples community (IPs) will receive assistance on livelihood, investments, and services.
“The 4Ks is a special program developed by the DA to give services to the IPs because they are the least attended sector in the country. IPs live in poverty,” she said.
Bordado said since IP community areas are usually sloping, machinery will not be viable.
She said IP chieftain Margarita Cabria suggested that plows and carabaos be given to them instead.
“Also, since they are corn farmers, a corn-shelling machine will be helpful to them,” Bordado added.
The Tadium Tribal Farmers Association, which Cabria leads, is still unregistered while only a few have enrolled in the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture.
National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP)-Buhi Service Center Officer-in-Charge Andrea Villegas said that generally, the main sources of IP livelihood in Iriga City are corn, root crops, vegetables, coconut, banana, and Adlai.
Iriga City IPs own more than 2,493 hectares of ancestral domain, records showed.
DA Bicol 4Ks program staff Angela Mae Oblinda said they cater to organized groups, whether registered or unregistered and holders of Certificate of Ancestral Domains Title or Certificate of Ancestral Domains Claims, provided that they are recognized by the NCIP as legitimate IP organizations.
The IPs should be residents and are staying in their ancestral domain.
In case they are not yet organized or registered, the area coordinator will assist them.
“This new program will pursue investments and opportunities for IPs by utilizing vast ancestral domains as potential food production areas,” DA Bicol Regional Director Rodel Tornilla said in a statement. (PNA)