Nueva Vizcaya tribal folk make it to provincial board


BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya: Five tribal folk here won in their bid for the provincial board seats, sowing hope and expressions of more progress among indigenous people in the province. The Provincial Board of Canvassers proclaimed on Friday Elma Lejao-Pinao-an, Delbert Tidang, Jr., Flodemonte Gerdan, Johnny Liban and Roland Carub. Pinao-an, a former councilor of Aritao town, and Delbert, son of then provincial board member Donior Tidang and Gerdan belong to the Kalanguya-Ikalahan tribe of Sta. Fe and Kayapa, while incumbent board member Johnny Liban and incumbent Solano town councilor Roland Carub are members of the Gaddang tribe. “We hope that more legislation for development programs and projects will be made for indigenous people, considering their strong representation for our cause in the provincial board,” said Letty Puguon, president of the Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Employees Association(NVPEA) and member of the Kalanguya-Ikalahan tribe. Nueva Vizcaya is home of the indigenous peoples such as the Ifugaos, Bugkalots, Gaddangs, Isinais, Ikalahan-Kalanguya, Iwaks, and Kankanaeys, among others. Most of the tribes live in the upland towns of Kayapa, Alfonso Castaneda, Sta. Fe, Ambaguio, Kasibu, Aritao, Quezon and Diadi. They rely mostly on upland agriculture, hunting animals and fishing for a living.



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