Military, partners to provide housing for Pampanga IPs

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CAMP AQUINO, Tarlac: The Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) has signed a partnership agreement with the municipal government of Porac in Pampanga and Philippine Business for Social Progress for the construction of various facilities for Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in Barangay Sapang Uwak.

Lt. Gen. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr., Nolcom chief, said the community development initiative will aid in the construction of much-needed homes for the IPs living in high-risk zones.

The agreement involved the establishment of the obligations of the parties involved, the implementation of the project and the time frame to efficiently reach the desired outcome for the completion of 60 housing units, a village hall and a community cultural center.

Materials and budget for the Sapang Uwak Housing Project will come from pledges and donations of various stakeholders.

The 522nd Engineer Construction Battalion, a Philippine Army engineer unit under the operational control of Nolcom, will lead the project in terms of manpower and technical expertise with the support of the municipal government of Porac.

“By our collaboration, we will make housing more accessible to our IPs in Barangay Sapang Uwak while integrating creative programs and assistance that will improve the quality of their living conditions,” Burgos said.

The Nolcom initiated various capacity-building programs that aim to create an environment of inclusivity with the tribal sectors in Northern and Central Luzon, considering that IPs are among the most vulnerable to communist ideology.

It tapped the assistance of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples for the creation of Nolcom’s IP Affairs Desk to efficiently address the issues of indigenous communities.

Earlier, summits for tribal chiefs, and youth leadership were conducted to strengthen the culture of peace and inclusive development among the IPs.