Guv: ‘Let’s care for the Aetas’

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Saturday, August 30, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Governor Lilia Pineda appealed to all Kapampangans especially government and non-government organizations to take an active role in helping and taking care and looking after the welfare of Aetas in the upland areas of the province.

"The government cannot do it alone. We need the active participation of all sectors in the province. We must help Aetas to help themselves and to stand on their own. This cannot be done overnight," the governor said.

The governor told the Aeta families that if they will just cooperate with each other, they will be a richer community compared to others. Vegetables such as Okra, Ampalaya and Sitaw grow much healthier and bigger in the village.

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Governor Pineda said she wants to see healthy upland communities with healthy Aeta families who are free from the threat of dreaded illnesses, which paralyzes the development of upland communities. She said the Aetas need all the help they can get from local government units, line agencies of the government and other non-government agencies.

"Let us act together in bringing comprehensive delivery of social services and health care for Aetas. They are among the most neglected and marginalized groups in our province. Let us try getting other officials and agencies in government to get our acts together toward a common action plan for the Aetas," she said.

Last Tuesday, Pineda visited Barangay Nabuclod, a remote village in Floridablanca, bringing basic social services to some 750 Aetas and planted banana and calamansi seedlings together with the natives.

Pineda announced to the Nabuclod residents that she will bring with her their barangay-mates needing specialized and immediate medical attention.

Several services were already provided by the Provincial Government such as completion of the electric system, road infrastructure projects, construction of water pumps, three viewing decks for tourism, two ziplines, cable car, fear buster, tramlines, and the construction of a large image of the Lord of Ascencion, among others.

With the assistance of the National Housing Authority, 78 core shelters were provided and now home to Aeta families. (Joel P. Mapiles/Pampanga PIO)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 31, 2014.

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