PGMA to distribute Certificates of Ancestral Domain Titles to 601 Aeta families

May 26, 2009 2:09 pm 

MANILA, May 26 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will distribute on Wednesday (May 27) Certificates of Ancestral Domain Titles (CADTs) to 454 Aeta families in Floridablanca, Pampanga and 147 Aeta families in Hermosa, Bataan covering a total of 11,800 hectares.

The President is scheduled to lead the CADT distribution in the upland Barangay Nabuklod.

To assist the President are Floridablanca Mayor Eduardo Guerrero, Bataan Gov. Enrique Garcia, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Commissioner Felicito Mansagnay, and Barangay Nabuklod Chairman Alfredo Santos.

The CADT for Floridablanca, which covers an area of 7,440 hectares will benefit 454 families or 1,423 individuals, while the CADT for Sitio Pastolan, Tipo, Hermosa, Bataan covers an area of 4,356 hectares and will benefit 147 families or some 759 individuals.

The CADT for the Aetas in Bataan will be received by Bonifacio Florentino while that for Floridablanca will be turned over to Parham Santos, Roger Apang and Romeo Bacani.

Complementing the CADT distribution is the PGMA Caravan with its medical & dental workers who will attend to the needs of around 1,000 Aeta residents of Barangays Nabuklod and Mawacat.

The President had directed the NCIP to undertake the delineation and titling of the ancestral domain nationwide and the provision of socio-economic programs to uplift the living standards of the indigenous peoples in the country, including the Aetas who were displaced by the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991.

As a result of the volcanic eruption, the Aetas in Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales were forced to abandon their ancestral lands, while others resorted to begging to survive.

But with support of government programs such as the food for work, funding assistance for livelihood projects and marketing assistance for their agricultural produce, the number of mendicant-Aeta families in Metro Manila went from 369 in 2001 to zero in 2004. (PNA)

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