From the Ayta Sambal term, “Alapaan”, closest to the Filipino concept of “Bayanihan”, this is another Indigenous Peoples’ Culturally Responsive Socio-Economic, Agro-Aqua Technology, Ecology and Special Services (IP-CREATESS) through Integrated Ancestral Domain Development Approach (IADDA).
Project Alapaan was born out of the San Marcelino Ayta ICCs/IPs collective vision of an empowered and resilient community. Currently, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Region 3 is assisting the ICCs/IPs in the area in the formulation of their Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development and Protection Plan (ADSDPP). In addition, the 22,000-hectare Ancestral Domain is due for the perimeter survey this year. Project Alapaan then comes as a major boost in the San Marcelino Ayta ICCs/IPs’ quest for recognition, self-governance, and self-determination.
Project components include IPO capacity-building, agro-technology, aqua-technology, and small infrastructure. IP CREATESS IADDA draws on food sovereignty, capacity building, sustainable and holistic development, and intervention through convergence (whole-of-nation approach). The Department of Agriculture (DA) Field Office III will complement Project Alapaan with additional agricultural and livelihood assistance and necessary training and infrastructure this 2021.
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