Brooke’s Point LGU to relocate IP upland dwellers


The municipal government of Brooke’s Point recently purchased three relocation sites for indigenous peoples (IP) upland dwellers who wish to go down to be near social and health services.

Mayor Mary Jean D. Feliciano said Wednesday that the relocation sites are two hectares in Sitio Mate in Barangay Pangobilian, two hectares in Sitio Macagua in Barangay Saraza, and five hectares in Barangay Amas.

“We’re in the mitigating measures of risk reduction kaya bumili tayo ng lupa para sa mga IPs na nakatira sa itaas ng kabundukan na gusto nang bumaba sa kapatagan,” she said.

She said the fund that was used to purchase the properties is from the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Office (MDRRMO).

Feliciano said basic social and health services are often delayed in reaching them in the mountains due to terrain difficulty.

Many IPs have reportedly signified interests to go down the flatlands to avail of education for their children, social and health services during emergencies, and others.

“Napakahirap kasing abutin ng serbisyo kung naroon sila sa itaas ng bundok lalo na kung mga emergency cases tulad ng pagdala sa hospital kapag may sakit. Ganoon din kahirap ang pagpapaabot ng edukasyon at kaalamang pangkalusugan para mabawasan ang bilang ng malnutrition cases lalo na sa mga kababayan nating tulad nila na malayo sa kabihasnan. Mas mataas ang datus ng mga may sakit na malaria sa kabundukan TB (tuberculosis), LBM (lose bowel movement) at iba pang sakit,” Feliciano added.

Feliciano said they are targeting to distribute 100 square meters to each IP family where they can earn out of planting vegetables.

The agreements that will be signed with them will prohibit land selling, mortgaging, and transfer to except if they are bequeathed.

“Bibigyan natin sila ng 100 square meters per family, including their garden area para ma-sustain nila ang kabuhayan nila,. ‘Yong kanilang mga kaingin o iba pang pananim sa bundok ay punta-puntahan na lang nila, yung family naman nila ay maiwan sa baba para tuloy-tuloy na makapag-aral ang kanilang mga anak. Pero ang lupang Ibibigay sa kanila ay hindi nila pwedeng isangla, ibenta, at i-transfer ang kanilang rights maliban na lang kung ipapamana ito,” said Feliciano.

She living down the mountains would be easier to empower the IPs through accessible education and livelihood training workshops.

“Kapag nakapag-aral yung mga bata, doon sila ma-e-empower” Feliciano said.

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