MATI CITY, Davao Oriental – Davao Oriental Governor Nelson Dayanghirang has vowed to address issues affecting indigenous peoples (IPs) so that they can benefit from the development initiatives of the provincial government.
“Our role in the provincial government is to support and to ensure the IP community’s welfare,” Dayanghirang said Monday.
The governor’s reaction came on the heels of reports that two warring tribal clans have patched up their long-time dispute, boosting peace and development initiatives in the hinterland village of Sangab in Caraga town.
But Dayanghirang said it was only the first step in their mission to address other important issues within the community.
Karen Lou Deloso, provincial information officer, said the governor has been working to patch up the dispute among leaders of the Mandaya community.
Deloso said that since Dayanghirang became governor, the provincial government has been pushing for peaceful resolution of conflicts in the area covered by a Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT).
Deloso said that peaceful dialogues will continue to be adopted as an important tool to improve relationships, understanding and trust among institutions, offices and people, thus, ensuring sustainable development for the province.
According to Deloso, the fight for leadership among the Mandaya natives living in the hinterland village of Sangab ensued after the brutal killing of their tribal chieftain, Copertino Banugan, by the communist rebels in December last year.
Deloso said the warring Mandaya clan members have reconciled, after Manuel Banugan, current tribal chieftain of Sangab, gave way for Christine Banugan to lead the tribe. PNA
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