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Promoting GAD and Food Safety for IPs

Indigenous people (IP) carry a fragile but essential part of our common humanity. As individuals and societies, they represent an irreplaceable diversity. The experiences of and challenges faced by indigenous people in terms of food safety and health should not be deserted. Understanding how to achieve food safety is equally important for indigenous people, who often experience the poverty and health disparities. They should also be aware of their rights, especially the women indigenous people.

The Training on Gender and Development cum Food Safety became an eye-opener to the IPs to protect their health from various hazards by ensuring the quality of food they prepare, purchase or consume.

“Ito ay napakalaking tulong sa aming mga katutubo, hindi na nga kami pinagbayad, pinakain pa kami at may natutunan pa. Pagdating po sa food safety, dati pag bumibili ako ng mga pagkain, hindi ako tumitingin sa label basta pag gusto ko, binibili ko na agad. Dapat pala maging alerto tayo at tingnan natin kung talagang expired na, ano ang makukuha nating mga nutrihensya,” expresses Ms. Marilou A. Amboc, one of the participants.

Meanwhile, since there was almost an equal number of men and women in the training, the discussion regarding the gender and development became dynamic. They shared opinions, ideas and their stand regarding the equality, rights and roles of men and women. According to them, they were very thankful that they learned the various laws in protecting women's rights. The men participants also expressed their gratitude that they now fully understand the rights, sacrifices and contribution of women in the family, community and economy.

“Nagpapasalamat po ako at nag-attend ako sa pagsasanay na ito kasi natutunan at naintindihan ko ang mga katangian ng mga babae. Sa aming kalalakihan, nalaman namin ang sakripisyo ng mga asawa sa amin, sa pamilya at sa aming komunidad,” says Mr. Marlito Amboc, husband of Ms. Amboc.

In her impression, Ms. Prescelyn A. Baco testified the fangs of the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children (VAWC) Act. According to her, she was once a victim of verbal abuse, but because of the VAWC Law, she was able to overcome the fear and face her dilemma with courage.

Training on Gender and Development cum Food Safety was held at Manna Training Center, Brgy. Tabon, Quezon, Palawan on March 15 - 17, 2017 with 36 IP participants.