TACLOBAN CITY – A group of indigenous peoples (IPs) living in the hinterland of this province are now into modern vegetable production.
Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla told reporters that his office has extended assistance to the 35 members of the Mamanwa tribe living in Barangay Kagbana, Burauen town.
He added that the tribe members were among the 50 graduates on a skills training for organic agriculture production with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and other agencies.
Gov.Petilla said that his office has extended agricultural inputs such as vegetable seeds and fertilizers, tools and implements to be used in their farming activities.
He added that his office also gave P5, 000 as seed capital for their vegetable farming activities and for their organization to register at the Department of Labor and Employment.
Petilla said that after the training on vegetable production in the early part of this year, the tribe members adopted and practiced the modern vegetable farming they have learned.
He added that the IPs are now productive alongside with the other farmers in the hinterlands of the town of Burauen.
Presently, the governor said, the IPs are producing high- value organic vegetable crops and they are supplying the local markets with their vegetables and other farm products harvested from their farms.
The governor said that his office is also extending assistance to other IPs living in the province.