A tribal leader has urged their official representative in the provincial board, Joel Lumis Jr., to focus on measures that will help improve the economic well-being of indigenous groups.
Joel Limsa, league president of Indigenous People’s Mandatory Representatives (iPMR) – Palawan chapter, pointed out that the 2-year vacancy in the provincial board seat has negatively affected the sector.
Limsa said that prior to Lumis’ recent designation, no measure has been initiated in the province to improve the livelihood of the indigenous peoples (IP).
“Noong mawalan ng committee for Indigenous People ang pamahalaang panlalawigan natengga talaga ang livelihood ng IP natin,” Limsa said.
Limsa said that the IPs also need a committee to help them pass a legislation that will fight for their rights in their ancestral domains especially against the encroachment of private sector investments in their areas.
He also said that now that the province has affirmed Lumis as the new IP representative on the Provincial Board, he hopes for an immediate action on their livelihood, health and other aspects.
“Ini-expect ko na ngayong naupo na si Lumis, sana maiparamdam niya rin sa mga IPs ang kahalagahan nila sa lipunan at mapunan ng gobyerno lahat ng kakulangan nila,” Limsa said.