By Edwin Iyo
Gingoog City — City Mayor Erick G. Cañosa and City Vice Mayor Peter M. Unabia pledged more support to tribal communities here as they delivered their respective messages yesterday morning July, during the 15th Singampo held at the City Grandstand.
The 15th Singampo a tribal holy thanksgiving mass is one of the main activities of the 59th City Charter Day and 40th Kaliga Festival participated by tribal communities coming from 26 hinterland barangays that includes Eureka and Kalipay.
Unabia pledged about P82 million to P100 million intended for the livelihood and farming development for the tribal communities in the city said City Councilor Estoriano Mandohinog. Indigenous People Representative to the Sangguniang Panlungsod.
This includes the IPs scholars dormitory or “Balay Katulugan sa mga IP scholars” which will be built this year, Mandohinog added.
Cañosa said he and Unabia, together with Councilors Marlon Kho ,Robert de Lara (Liga ng mga Barangay) and Mandohinog discussed days ago to increase the financial assistance to every tribal scholars to P15,000 from P6,000 per semester.
All 109 tribal scholars of the city will receive financial assistance of P15,000 each for this school year, Cañosa said.
During his message, Cañosa also urged the Department of Education in the city to design a programs related to agricultural education to help the tribal scholars be equipped with more knowledged on agriculture.
Both top city official expressed gratitude to the leadership of Mandohinog who led the tribal communitues coming from 26 tribal hinterland barangays of the city for his continued support for the 40th Kaliga festival.
“Angay gyud nato pasalamatan ang mga nitibo, mga tribal communities ubos sa pagpangulo ni Councilor Mandohinog sa ilang makanunayong partisipasyon sa matag tuig nga kalihukan City Charter Day ug Kaliga festival sa atong syudad,”said Cañosa.