As part of an effort to empower the tribal communities in Puerto Princesa City, Delta P Inc., in partnership with the Palawan Conservation Corps (PCC), has opened a cooperative store under the Programang Pangkaunlaran para sa Tagalungsod na Katutubo (PPTK).
The tribal cooperative store was opened by the PCC for business on Wednesday, July 18, with an initial capital of P50 thousand from Delta P.
The store, which is located at Purok Unang Lahi, Barangay Sta. Lourdes, is being managed by the PCC to sell basic commodities to Tagbanua communities composed of 33 families.
“Sana ay maging maganda ang panimulang ito, at sana lahat ay magtulungan. Ito pa lamang po ang simula,” said Cherry F. De Dios, executive director of the PCC.
The project was established to help and open more opportunities to the indigenous communities.
“Sana ay patuloy na lumago ito, at hinding-hindi magsasawa ang Delta P para tumulong. Kailangan lang natin ay kooperasyon at suporta sa bawat isa,” said Darius S. Beltran, in charge of the Environment, Health and Safety Department (EHSD) of Delta P.
PPTK is part of the corporate social responsibility of Delta P Inc. since 2017 through PCC, a non-government organization dedicated to the protection and conservation of the fragile environment of Puerto Princesa and Palawan.
The PCC does this through the empowerment of out-of-school-youths (OSY) and residents of rural communities to improve their environment and living conditions.
“Maraming salamat dahil kami ay napansin, nakita kami ng PCC at ng Delta P, at kami ay kanilang tinulungan. Tanging kailangan lang natin ay suportahan ang isa’t isa at magtulungan,” said Marissa Balangue, vice president of the tribal cooperative.
In connection with the last activity, the PCC also attended the coastal clean-up at the Honda Bay wharf with the OSY-Corpsmen, staff and volunteers, Environmental Justice Movement (EJM)–De La Salle University, PPTK members, and barangay ang purok officials of Sta. Lourdes.
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