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The provincial board has approved the membership of an indigenous people’s representative to the legislative body.
Joel Lumis Jr, a Tagbanua, was affirmed by the body to sit as the Indigenous People Mandatory Representative (IPMR) on June 9, 2017. Lumis will fill up the post after two years of vacancy on the position.
As the new indigenous peoples representative, he vowed among others to put up IPMR centers on each barangays to reach out to indigenous communities.
“Pagsisikapan po natin na malagyan bawat barangay ng IP representative para po sa kanila mismo manggaling ang kanilang pangangailangan bago po ipaabot sa atin,” Lumis said.
He added that he will concentrate on providing livelihood opportunities to his sector.
“Gusto ko po na matulungan sila sa kabuhayan at baka mamaya bigay tayo ng bigas sa kanila ay mais pala ang kailangan nila”, he explained.
Lumis is scheduled to take his oath on June 20, 2017.