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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

NCIP focuses on youth development, says NCIP-9 official

By Claro A. Lanipa

PAGADIAN CITY – A total of 25 grantees under the  Educational Assistance Program (EAP) of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP)-IX from the two districts of Zamboanga del Sur have come to participate in the two-day journalistic writing workshop at the Chandler Suites this city starting today.

Ms. Margarita Baya, chief, Administrative Division, NCIP-9 who represented Regional Director Timuey Woy Lim Wong said the programs of NCIP are geared towards the development of our youth.

“NCIP is looking at our youth especially our EAP grantees that they will be guided in the right path, so that … you will be able to achieve your dreams,” Baya said.

“While we are giving you all the assistance you need, you have also a responsibility to pay back the assistance given to you. As an IP, or as an EAP grantee you have to maintain your grade - at least an average of 80 percent for the regular grantee and 85 percent for the merit-base,” Baya reminded the scholars.

“Remember your mission is not only for yourself, but for other people who need your help,” Baya stressed.

“There are so many IPs in the country, but only a few are willing to stay or willing to be tapped to the community, where the IPs are waiting for them,” Baya added.

She also challenged the grantees to do their responsibility, as “the NCIP is doing its best to help you.”

“Please learn to speak your dialect, because your dialect is your identity. Reach out to your community, know your culture (our attire, rituals) and know your forefathers,” she continued.

“These are the challenges that NCIP is giving you now, because if we do not preserve our culture, 10 years, 15 years, 20 years from now, the IPs particularly the Subanens will  perished in the map,” Baya warned.

“You have to dream high, remember  your dream will only come true if you have the  determination especially so the government has  several programs in store for you,” Baya encouraged the youth.

NCIP and your parents will provide you with wings so you could fly, but to fly low or fly high is your choice. Your choice depends on you because you shape your own destiny, the choice is yours, Baya pointed out.