TESDA launches agri-preneur training for indigenous peoples in Region 12

Published June 25, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Dhel Nazario

A program for the benefit of indigenous communities in Region 12 has been launched by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) together with the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) – Region 12.


The project called the Indigenous People Empowered Agripreneurs Towards a Collective End or “Project IPEACE” in the four priority barangays of Soccsksargen was led by TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña, as the Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS) of Region 12.

The project was launched in Barangay Alegria of Alabel, Sarangani Province and Barangay San Jose, General Santos City on Tuesday, June 23.

It was also launched the following day in Barangay Datal Blao, in Columbio, Sultan Kudarat Province and Barangay Manobo in Magpet, North Cotabato.

Project “IPEACE” aims to end local insurgencies by increasing agricultural productivity in IP communities and transforming them into integrated food production sites to ensure food security in their areas.

Under this project, TESDA will train the IPs on organic crops and livestock production courses such as Agricultural Crops Production, Organic Agriculture Production, Animal Production, among others, for them to maximize their land resources towards attaining self-reliant, resilient and sustainable communities.

The TESDA chief encouraged the RTF-ELCAC-Region 12 members to strengthen their coordination with partner agencies, local government units, the private sector, civil society, and other development partners to ensure the sustainability of the program with greater impact to the communities.

“Together with other partners in the government and private sector, IPEACE will create livelihood and income opportunities as well as empowered and productive citizens in IP communities,” Lapeña said.

The project launch was followed by the ceremonial planting of fruit-bearing trees and vegetables, and commitment signing among the members of the RTF-ELCAC-Region 12.