High-value crops were recently donated by Davao del Norte Governor Edwin Jubahib to the Lumad community in Talaingod during the “Ceremonial Planting of High-Value Crops and Turn Over of Agricultural Interventions” held on March 5, 2020, in Sitio Uraya, Sto. Nino, Talaingod.
Jubahib donated 15,000 pcs of arabica coffee seedlings and assorted vegetable seeds.
He also delivered 22 empty plastic drums, five units of plant sprayers, three pieces of Carabao-drawn single plow, and three Carabaos.
The event was done in an effort to give the Ata-Manobo indigenous people (IP) community of Uraya, a way of living.
Gov. Edwin I. Jubahib observed that the community had plenty of manpower; however, it had not been used “productively”.
“Sa nakita nako, walay mga tanum nganhi (As I have seen, there are no plants here),” he said.
He encouraged the community to use their labor resource in planting so that the sitio could become a producer of organic products that would bring income, and hopefully improve their quality of life.
“Sa karon, puro mga nag tiniil ug nag tsinelas ang akong mga nakita. Gusto nako nga sunod tuig, nakasuot namo ug nindot nga mga sapatos (Right now, I see everyone wearing slippers, and some are even barefooted. Next year, I want to see everyone wearing a good pair of shoes),” Gov. Jubahib said.
He also hoped that with this opportunity, none of the IP community members here would ever be motivated to join the New People’s Army (NPA) again. He announced in front of the audience to encourage their family members who have joined the NPA to surrender and avail of the P10,000 peso-reward and P45,000 additional incentive if surrendering with their firearms.
The IP community applauded the governor’s initiative and thanked him for quickly following through his promises. (Jan Vincent Leuterio, PIA Davao del Norte)