P73-M housing units being built for IPs

Published August 8, 2019, 4:15 PM

by Rica Arevalo

By Antonio Colina

DAVAO CITY – Four hundred housing units worth P73 million are being constructed for the indigenous people in three insurgency-affected Lumad barangays of Talaingod, Davao del Norte, a tribal leader of Ata-Manobo said on Wednesday.

Datu Alan Causing said P53 million of the budget came from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for the construction of 300 housing units and P20 million from the National Housing Authority for 100 units.

The DSWD is building 60 units in Barangay Sto. Niño and 120 units each for Barangay Palma Gil and Barangay Dagohoy while the housing units of the NHA are all situated in Barangay Palma Gil, according to Causing.

He said the housing project would benefit around 400 Lumad families in Talaingod. Lumad population in Talaingod is 2,482.

He said the beneficiaries are thankful to the government for the housing project that gives them better shelter, allowing them to concentrate on the education of their children and livelihood.

“The Ata-Manobo in Davao del Norte is thankful that they were able to avail of the housing project of the government,” he said.

Aside from the housing project, Causing added the government is also building Lumad schools in their communities to cater to the Lumad schoolchildren.

A five-member panel of the Department of Education (DepEd) in Davao Region is looking into reports raised by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon that led to the suspension of 55 schools operated by the Salugpongan Ta’ Tanu Igkanogon Community Learning Center, Inc. last July 10.

The panel will look at the issues against the school “from all angles,” taking into account the side of the military and the response of the school officials to the complaints, DepEd-Davao spokesperson Jenielito Atillo said.

“This five-man team is tasked to look at all angles, gather everything that we will be able to gather, which will serve as a basis for our decision later. We would like to stress that we are giving everybody here, the opportunity to ventilate their views and opinions and their sides,” he said.