IP communities in Aklan town to receive agri inputs, livelihood 

25 indigenous peoples (IPs) of Brgy. Oyang, Manica, and Dalagsaan of Libacao, Aklan will receive support for farm production under the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Kabuhayan at Kaunlaran ng Kababayang Katutubo (4Ks) program.

As a requirement in the 4Ks program implementation, the IPs participated in the validation and workshop for Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development and Protection Plan (ADSDPP) for agriculture in Libacao recently.

As a special program of DA in partnership with the National Commission of Indigenous People (NCIP) and local government units, the 4Ks aims to uplift the lives of the country’s IP communities from poverty by providing them farm production inputs and livelihood support.

“The community will come up with a five-year plan on the sustainable management and development of their land and natural resources for inclusion in the ADSDPP,” said program focal person Carmelita Fantilanan.

The three IP communities involved in the recent planning activity proposed projects such as cattle and carabao raising, farm machinery, and irrigation facilities.

IPs in Brgy. Oyang will be trained on cattle raising and will receive 20 heads of cattle this year. Once the project becomes sustainable, they shall turn roll-over the stocks to the next-in-line tribe beneficiaries. (AMSTabura/DA-RAFIS-6)