Guv wants Nabuclod developed ala US Indians style-A A +A
Sunday, October 21, 2012
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Governor Lilia Pineda announced over the weekend that the Provincial Government is looking at what the US government did in creating beneficial tourism and recreation projects for native Indians in Fallbrook, California to further develop the Nabuclod Eco-Tourism Park in Floridablanca.
Talking with reporters, the governor said using the US template where American Indians are currently reaping livelihood income and profits from establishments there like casinos and hotels, could very well benefit the thousands of Aetas in Nabuclod who agreed to have the portions of their ancestral domain developed by private investors.
Nabuclod now has competed view decks, zip lines and cable cars that Aetas there derive a living from.
“Hindi naman tayo partikular sa mga casino. Ang nais natin ay mga negosyo at tourism projects na papakinabangan ng mga katutubo sa Nabuclod. May malaking lupa nga sila pero dapat dito ay pakinabangan nila,” Governor Pineda said.
She said current development efforts in Nabuclod are designed to uplift the lives of Aetas in upland villages.
“Matagal ng dapat may benepisyo ang mga Aeta doon. Patuloy tayong tumutulong upang gumanda ang kanilang buhay, halimbawa sa agriculture, housing at edukasyon. Magandang pag-aralan at sundin ang pattern na ginamit sa mga American Indians dahil ito ay possible rin para sa Nabuclod,” the governor said.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on October 22, 2012.