Central Luzon IPs get support from NCIP amid pandemic
The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) has launcheed programs to help the indigenous peoples of Central Luzon amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a Philippine Information Agency report, NCIP Regional Director Roland Calde said assistance to IP communities was being made through coordinating activities with Department of Social Welfare and Development, community midwives and nurses as well as other partner agencies.
“We conducted medical missions, distributed relief goods to quarantined IP communities in Pampanga and Zambales, distributed 90 cavans of rice to Floridablanca IPs also in Pampanga, distributed 5,000 hygiene kits to identified IP volunteers, and assisted 20 locally stranded individuals from Zambales and Mindanao for the Balik Probinsya Program,” the official said.
Calde made the remarks during the Regional Conference for Peace and Development.
The NCIP also has an Educational Assistance Program and Merit-based Scholarship Program for deserving IPs who seek opportunities for quality education and skills development.
It currently has 351 beneficiaries in Central Luzon.
Calde said: “I hope that all agencies can have programs supporting our IP communities, hence they can be part of our national development wherein no one will be left behind.”
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