DA to make sure Aklan tribe benefits from rehabilitated Boracay island
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said he will make sure Aetas of Boracay will benefit from the rehabilitation efforts being done in the island, committing a financial support of P2 million to develop their 2.1 hectare ancestral domain into an agriculture tourism site.
“We want to uplift their lives and provide them access to government interventions,” Piñol said.
To do this, Piñol initially committed a financial support worth P2 million to the Indigenous People (IP) and women’s groups of Boracay through the Survival Recovery (SURE) credit program under the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC).
Under the credit facility, close to 80 families and households will each receive P25,000 to be used in the development of sustainable community livelihood projects.
“Aside from that, we also offer P5,000 up to P50,000 financing with only six percent interest rate every year under the Production Loan Easy Access (PLEA) program,” he explained.
Piñol also urged the tribe members to establish an organic vegetable garden, with the assistance of the Agricultural Training Institute.