City, IP leaders tackle proposed tribal villages

THE CITY Tourism Operations Office is now working with two communities of indigenous people (IP) for its proposal to put up tribal villages as new attractions.

Gene Rose Tecson, City Tourism Operations Office chief, told the TIMES that they are working on with the IP leaders to get their inputs on realizing the development plans.

“We’re working with two communities. The Bagobo-Clata tribe in Sitio Sicao in Barangay Tamayong and the Matigsalug tribe in Marilog,” she said, adding that they already completed the first stage of the project.

Asked if they have already allocated a budget for the tribal villages’ development, Tecson said there are “no figures yet” as they want to encourage the tribal communities to first capacitate themselves for the proposed development of their community.

She earlier said she was able to discuss the proposal with IP leaders through the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP, adding they were receptive of the plan.

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