NCIP officer wants to expand livelihood projects for IPs in Bataan
The provincial officer of the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) in Bataan is pushing for more efficient livelihood projects for the benefit of cultural minorities in their locality.
Ronie Caanawan said that the 3,000 cultural minorities registered in the province need training programs to improve their skills, especially in handicraft and food production.
Bataan province has two tribal communities belonging to Ambala and Magbukon.
According to Caanawan, skills and manpower training programs should also include cottage industries, that will provide IPs with more livelihood options instead of relying entirely on hunting of wild animals, honey and fruits gathering , and planting of various root crops.
The IP officer wants to take good use of Bataan’s forest land. Minor forest products such as bamboo, rattan, hingin and other vines, which could be found in the province, are raw materials for baskets, decorative display, highly saleable export materials and other products.
Mainly classified as timberland, fruit trees are also abundant in Bataan. The IPs can use mango, cashew, coconut, avocado star apple, banana and other wild fruits can be used in the production of sweet jams and other delicious fruit salads.
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