DINALUPIHAN–After series of meetings and in line with the ongoing 4Ks-IP CREATESS IADDA partnership framework, the Department of Agriculture (DA) through the Dinalupihan Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO), and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) through its Bataan Provincial Office and Dinalupihan Community Service Center, conducted a three-day social mobilization and capacity building for the Ayta Ambala ICCs/IPs in Barangays Tubo Tubo, Payangan, and Bayan Bayanan last April 20-22, 2021.
The three communities were able to create an IP farmers association that will spearhead the implementation of the 4Ks-IP CREATESS in their respective areas. Aside from being registered to DA RSBA, the IP farmer organizations will play a key role in accessing other support from relevant National Government Agencies including DOLE, TESDA, and CDA.
The activities concluded in a site inspection of the community area where the 4Ks-IP CREATESS will be implemented this year. MAO represented by Ms. Lei Ann Punla thanked the NCIP and the Ayta Ambala Communities for their enthusiasm. She emphasized the need for organizing the communities through the RSBSA, and the need to prioritize the IPs in all the department’s projects because of the unlimited potential of the vast Ancestral Domains they own. NCIP Dinalupihan Community Service Center OIC Mr. Mark Allan Diwa is confident and hopeful that this partnership will bring a positive impact to the lives of Ayta Ambala IP farmers in the area and they are preparing to replicate its success stories to other ICCs in their jurisdiction.
Other ICCs/IPs in Aurora, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales are also preparing for this year’s implementation of the 4Ks – IP CREATESS IADDA.