SALLAPADAN, Abra, Feb. 28 (PIA) -- As part of its mandate of recognizing, protecting and promoting the rights and well-being of the Tingguians of Abra, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) provincial office recently conducted a medical mission in Ud-Udiao here, one of the remote IP communities in the province.
“We had to reach these IP areas no matter how far they may be located as we are mandated by the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act of 1997 (IPRA) to look after their needs and well-being,” NCIP-Abra head Genesis Quiblado remarked.
“Ti nasalun-at nga Itneg, nabileg; Ti nasalun-at a Tingguian, saan a maitarayan; Ti nasalun-at a Masadiit, saan a maidalit” (A healthy Itneg is strong; a healthy Tingguian cannot be left behind, and a healthy Masadiit is always fit), Quiblado added.
The NCIP Abra through its medical personnel partnered with RHU Sallapadan headed by Dr. Day Blythe Mamaradlo to ensure smooth conduct of the said activity.
More than 100 children and adult patients availed of the health services and free medicines. Excess medicines were turned-over to RHU Sallapadan.
The NCIP also distributed medical equipment consisting of nebulizers, blood pressure monitoring apparatuses, and weighing scales to all the barangays of Sallapadan through their respective barangay health workers.
“Maragsakan ti NCIP a mangidanon ti serbisio ti gobierno kadagitoy a luglugar gapu ta maibilang dagiti indigenous peoples kadagiti vulnerable sectors ti sociodad” (The NCIP is happy to bring government services in these areas because indigenous peoples are among the vulnerable sectors in our society), Quiblado stated.
“Sirmata ti linteg nga IPRA nga amin koma a nainsigudan a tattao ditoy Pilipinas, pakairamanantayo a Tingguian ditoy Abra, ket mapabileg ken mapasantak ti biag ngem kardayo a mapasamak daytoy no ti pisikal a bagi ket adu ti sagubanitna isu a maiyannatop la unay daytoy a programa nga intayo insayangkat”(The IPRA aims to ensure that all indigenous peoples in the Philippines including the Tingguians of Abra will have improved lives but this will not happen if we are not healthy that is why this program(medical mission) is very appropriate), he added.
Quiblado thanked the whole NCIP Abra family and LGU Sallapadan for the success of the first-ever medical mission conducted by the agency. Christian Allister G. Tubadeza (JDP/MTBB/CAGT – PIA CAR, Abra)