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128 tribal members in Compostela Valley undergo ‘responder’ training

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Some 128 members of an indigenous community in Compostela Valley underwent “responder” training for the maintenance of peace in the province.

The three-day Tribal Responder Seminar held on April 13-15 in Kingking Central Elementary School, Brgy. Kingking, Pantukan was organized by the Philippine Army, Provincial Government of Compostela Valley, Local Government Unit of Pantukan and otherstakeholders.

The seminar, with the theme “Pinaghiusang Kusog sa Tribo ang Dalan sa Tunhay Ngakalinaw,” was specifically participated in by the Mansaka Tribe members who are recipients of ancestral land in the province by virtue of Republic Act No. 8371 or the Indigenous People Right Act (IPRA) of 2008.

The participants of the said seminar came from the hinterlands of Pantukan where Community Support Program (CSP) teams were deployed.

Compostela Valley Governor Jayvee Tyron L. Uy, who was guest speaker in the event, urged for the cooperation of the indigenous people (IP) to ensure peace in the community.

“Peace and development must come from us. Let us be united to achieve our dreams of having lasting peace that is essential in the pursuit of development in the province, and that the tribe is now ready to respond effectively to protect, preserve and manage their community,” he said.

Government officials have said that the communist New People’s Army (NPA) has been recruiting IPs.

With this, the government, including the military, has been implementing programs that will dissuade the people from joining the Maoist group. #