Ballaygi caravan rolls to promote, celebrates IPs’ rights, culture


The Provincial Government of La Union (PGLU) through the La Union Provincial Tourism OfficeCulture and the Arts Unit (LUPTO-CAU) and in partnership with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) in celebrating the National Indigenous Peoples (IPs) Month through
a two-day Caravan dubbed as Ballaygi on November 16-17, 2023 at the Municipality of Santol, La Union.

Ballaygi, which started on November 16, 2023, aims to empower IPs as it focuses on capacitating around 150 IPs from Santol, La Union. First aid training, haircut and massage training were taught to them which were facilitated by TESDA, Department of Health and Philippine Red  Cross. On the second day of the Ballaygi, a culminating program was conducted highlighting the performance of Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University Chorale and LUSSCAninan Cultural group.

In a heartfelt message delivered by Dr. Eleazar Belgica, Executive Assistant, Gov. Raphaelle Veronica “Rafy” Ortega-David underscored the province’s commitment to prioritize the welfare of the IPs. “Dahil mahalaga po kayo sa amin, kasama po kayong mga IPs sa aming mga binubuong plano at mga proyekto upang mapaganda pa ang inyong pamumuhay,” states the governor’s message, emphasizing the integral role of IPs in shaping the province’s future plans and projects for them.

Beyond cultural festivities, the Ballaygi Caravan offered free services catering to the needs and well-being of the IPs. These services included Medical and Dental mission, Sukat Bukel Program, Job Fair, Free Legal Assistance, Free Land Assessment, and the Free provision of Vegetable seeds. The occasion was also graced with the presence of Hon. Magno Wailan, Municipal Mayor; Atty. Marvin Biligan of the National Commission on Indigenous People Regional Office; and Mr. Julius Manabat, Supervising Tourism Operations Officer of the LUPTO.

The Ballaygi Caravan stands as a testament to the PGLU’s commitment to #LaUnionPROBINSYAnihan in fostering inclusivity, preserving cultural heritage, and providing support for the IPs of La Union. Through initiatives like these, the province aims to create a more
equitable and empowered society, where every community member plays a vital role in shaping the future.

Lorenna C. Luna, GPC-LUPTO

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