Davao del Norte Provincial Government, National Gov’t agencies and 10ID partnered to launch livelihood opportunities for IP communities in Talaingod

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Camp General Manuel T Yan Sr., Mawab, Davao de Oro- The Provincial government of Davao del Norte together with Pahilippine Army’s 10th Infantry Division (10ID) and all stakeholders from government and private sector flooded Talaingod with services to boost livelihood opportunities for the Indigenous People (IP) communities.

On April 28, 2020, the members Tatag Farmer’s Association of Nasilaban headed by Mr Dominguez Juan harvested the first produce of the vegetable farm at Sitio Nasilaban, Barangay Palma Gil, Talaingod Davao del Norte. A decent 35 kilograms of tomatoes were harvested in their initial set up of farm and earned net worth of One thousand two hundred twenty-five pesos (Php 1,225.00). This is projected to benefit the members of the POs of the said Sitio, the Farmer’s Association of Nasilaban. Other variety of vegetable plants are yet to be harvested in the coming days and aimed to help its members provide the basic needs of their families.

On May 25, 2020, Hon Johnnie A Libayao-Mayor of Talaingod, Jose Andamon- Provincial Agriculturist, Ms Glenda T. Galibo-TESDA representative and MAGRO Talaingod personnel together with
LTC NORMAN E VALDEZ INF (GSC) PA, Commanding Officer of 56IB conducted opening ceremony for TESDA livelihood training on vegetable farming and broiler chicken meat production for farmers and women People’s Organization at Sitio Kaylawan, Brgy Sto Niño, Talaingod, Davao del Norte.

The skills training will run for twelve weeks which aimed to assist and equip the trainees with the actual application from preparation stage up to harvest stage.

On Tuesday, June 2, 2020, Provincial government of Davao del Norte through Gov Edwin Jubahib, Commanders of Eastern Mindanao Command (EMC) and 10ID turned over Forestry and Agroforestry planting materials to IP communities of Talaingod which was represented by Tribal leaders of eight (8) cleared sitios.

Turned over planting materials include 30,000 banana seedlings, 10sacks camote, 250 packs vege seeds, 1,000 seedlings of coconut from PCA, 9900 seedlings of mahogany and seedlings of palcata for the people’s organization organized by 56IB under operational control of 10ID. Solar genset were also given for use of the CAA detachments in the area. There are 10 units of solar powered lighting systems for 10 CAA detachments. This lighting system was funded by the LGU and assembled by 1003rd Brigade.

Most of the members of POs were former rebels and UGMO members. It aims to provide means of livelihood. The governor planned to give livestock (duck, native pigs, chicken) during the second tranch and additional solar genset for electrification of far flung sitios in Talaingod.

Accordingly, road project leading to sitios already started utilizing the equipment of the Provincial gov’t.

After the program, they proceeded to Sitio Milako Brgy Sto Niño and conducted
ceremonial planting of Sorghum.

On June 3, 2020, 561B, together with MAGRO Talaingod conducted opening ceremony for the TESDA Skills Training on Vegetable Farming and Chicken Broiler Meat Production intended for the Tatag Tjbucag Ata-Manobo Farmer’s Association and Tibucag Women’s Association held at Sitio Tibucag, Brgy Dagohoy, Talaingod, Davao del Norte.

The team also conducted opened TESDA Training on Vegetable Farming for Banwaloy Farmer’s Association last May 29, 2020 held at Sitio Banwaloy, Brgy Palma Gil, Talaingod Davao del Norte.

Another TESDA Skills Training started on June 4, 2020, Vegetable Farming and Broiled Chicken Meat Production for KM31 Farmers and Women’s Association held at Sitio KM31, Brgy Dagohoy, Talaingod, Davao del Norte.

These series of skills trainings aimed to generate livelihood for the communities and uplift the living of the Indigenous People in Talaingod.

As for 10ID, “This has been one of the Gaps we had before. We are gradually closing the gap, preventing the recovery of the cleared areas with these Community Development Teams (CDTs),” MGEN BASIAO said.

In Talaingod, CDTS should were able to organized POs in cleared areas, they facilitated the programs of NGA/LGAs bringing the services down to the Brgys/Sitios, they are equipped with the right tools in facilitating these programs. CDT work is part of strenghtening POs in cleared areas.

He emphasized that “Serving the People and securing the Land includes tapping the expertise of the Private Sector, facilitating programs of NGAs/LGAs, organizing cleared communities, bringing the services down to farthest Brgy/Sitio and empowering the masses.”

Today, the CDTs of 10ID continue to engage the people in the communities of Talaingod as Davao del Norte provincial government relentlessly provide means to help the Indigenous People in their quest for peace and inclusive sustainable development.