DAVAO CITY , Philippines
— A local mining company distributed P 30-million worth of projects to nine barangays of Pantunkan, Compostela Valley.
More than 2,000 families availed of the Community Livelihood Initiative Projects (CLIP) conducted by the King King Copper Gold Project.
One of the projects is the Vegetable Garden and Fishpond in Purok Sta. Teresa, which is in partnership with the Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP) and the community.
Brienlyn Baño, GSP troop leader in the purok, said that the project started only as a beautification activity of a purok center and eventually grew into a garden and fishpond due to the community’s request and eager participation.
Abalayan added that one of the best features of their garden was the use of organic fertilizer from their Vermiculture project.
Aside from this, other programs of the mining project focused on the livelihood of Mansaka tribe. These include the provision of sewing machine and dress-making training to the tribal women’s group.
Iluminada Padilla, president of the Mansaka Women’s Group, said that they are grateful to the mining project for giving them an opportunity to help their families through making tribal dresses, other clothing and bags.
The projects also included establishment of water system, distribution of farm implements and development of other important infrastructure.
source: PIA 11 / Michael Uy