South Cotabato Governor Arthur “Dodo” Y. Pingoy Jr. is now urging officials and members of the Provincial Tribal Council (PTC) to choose their official representative to the local legislative body of the province.
In his message during the 12th Provincial Tribal Congress, Pingoy said that the Indegenous Peoples (IP) must be represented by a competent leader who can efficiently take actions on issues and problems affecting the sector.
“We will allocate funds through the first supplemental budget of 2012 for the IP representation. We hope that South Cotabato will be the second province in Mindanao to have an IP representative in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan,” Pingoy said.
“It’s important that IPs voice be heard and be addressed properly. We continue to adhere to our vow to support this sector through the different programs and projects which hopefully will help improve lives,” Pingoy said.
PTC leaders and members thanked the Governor for giving them the ‘Kasfalah Hall’— the council’s permanent office space located near the Productivity and Technology (PROTECH) Center.
This is after PTC Chieftain Eduardo Sulan earlier said in a resolution that their council needs a permanent office that will serve as a venue to accommodate their clients from nine municipalities and the lone city of Koronadal.
“The Kasfalah Hall will also serve as a display center of artifacts, and other products of our B’laan and T’boli members. We hope that through this office, we could properly accommodate our members,” Sulan said.
About five hundred B’laans and T’bolis participated in the 12th Provincial Tribal Congress with the theme, “IP Leaders Assembly for Recognition and Equality.”
The said event was facilitated by the Community Affairs Section of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) in South Cotabato. ~by Kathleen Zabate Turnos, PIO