DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte vowed to continue her advocacy for the preservation and respect of lumad culture in the city as she had during her term as vice mayor.

"Sa dati dati pa gina-emphasize nako sa ilaha nga kinahanglan mapreserba nila ang ilang kultura (Even before I have always emphasized upon the lumads in far-flung areas that they should preserve their culture)" Duterte said in an interview.

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The mayor said that she told lumads that they have personnel from city health to teach them on family planning.

She added that they should send their children to school and also teach them on their culture.

This as the mayor said is because if the younger generation will adopt the westernized culture, they'll probably forget their history.

Duterte said her prioritization of native culture is incorporated in her Barog Agenda, which stands for empowered Barangays, Academe, Resources, Order, and Government services.

"Naa ni under sa resource. Kaning pag-preserve sa culture sa mga lumad isa na sa atong mga resources. Resource nato na ang atong mga lumad culture ug ang atoang mga kaigsuonan nga lumad. (This is under Resource. We are reserving out lumad culture to become our resource. The different lumad culture and our lumad brothers and sisters are our resource)" she added. (Jade C. Zaldivar)