Oct 1, 2020

Pala’wan IP mandatory rep takes official oath as board member

Seguritan took her oath on Tuesday in front of the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

Pala’wan indigenous peoples mandatory representative (IPMR) Purita Seguritan has officially joined the Sangguniang Panlalawigan as an ex-officio member to act for the collective interests and welfare of all ethnological communities in the province.

Seguritan took her oath on Tuesday in front of the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

In her speech, she said among her priorities are to have IPMRs in all barangays and municipalities, finding solutions to prevent land grabbing from victimizing the IPs living in distant areas, and providing them better and appropriate livelihood opportunities.

“Bilang napili na IPMR ay gusto ko maiangat ang kabuhayan ng mga katutubo. ‘Yong pagkakaroon din po ng mga IPMR sa bawat barangay at munisipyo. Nais ko rin na matugunan ang mga suluranin ng mga katutubo na sana ay maayos habang nandito ako,” she said.

Seguritan has replaced Aborlan municipal councilor Joel Lumis Jr., who served around two and a half years.

She was also a former barangay councilor of Barangay Candawaga, Rizal and became an employee of the municipal planning and development office.

Meanwhile, Lumis thanked all the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan for helping him to perform his duty as an IP mandatory representative.

He said that Seguritan should focus on the welfare of the IP communities, particularly those without barangay and municipal IPMRs.

“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa lahat ng aking mga naging kasama dito sa provincial board. Sana maipagpatuloy ang ating mga nasimulan ng papalit sa atin, hiling ko na pagtuunan ng pansin ang mga bayan lalo na ang wala pang nakaupo na Representative. ‘Yon lamang po at ako po ay nagpapaalam ng baba sa aking opisina sa araw na ito,” Lumis said.

 

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