IPs get P1.3-M for greening project

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Monday, January 6, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Indigenous peoples (IPs) from Nabuclod, Mawacat and Camachile in Floridablanca town on Monday received an incentive from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources or DENR for their greening and reforestation project.

The P1.301-million check was handed over by Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Rafael Otic to Capitol officials led by Governor Lilia Pineda.

According to 4th District Board Member Nestor Tolentino, who also chairs the Provincial Board’s Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, the incentive is a manifestation of DENR's support to Ips -- particularly Aeta tribes -- for their efforts in helping develop and protect their respective ancestral domains.

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"The greening program is an integral part of our Nabuclod and other ancestral domain development plans. Three years ago we activated our IPs and included them in the agro-eco-tourism projects. Three years after, they have been noticed by the DENR as important participants in environment protection," he said.

Tolentino, who was the major proponent of the Nabuclod EcoTourism Park under the directives of Governor Pineda and Second District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, told Sun.Star Pampanga that the incentive will also help IPs in their educational and information drives for the environment and preservation of their ancestral domains.

"We are very thankful to the DENR, our governor and congresswoman, for always supporting our programs especially those for IPs," he said.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on January 07, 2014.

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