Tuguegarao City, (PNA) - The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) had employed 114 Indigenous people (IPs) for the various infrastructure projects in the provinces of Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya.
DPWH Regional Information Officer Wilson A. Valdez Jr., said 30 Agtas/Aetas, 21 Kankanaeys and 3 Ibalois are presently working in the ongoing Cordon-Diffun-Madella-Aurora Boundary road project in Junuan, Nagtipunan, Quirino.
In Imugan, Sta. Fe, Nueva Vizcaya, there are 60 Kalanguya/Ikalahan who were hired in the current construction of the Nueva Vizcaya-Pangasinan Road.
Project engineers and contractors of the particular projects have been urged to continue giving due preference to IPs as workers.
''Employment of locals is done in all DPWH projects in support to the national government's initiative of community-based employment,'' Valdez said.
On the other hand, Agta tribal chieftain Narcing Ramos lamented that Agta settlers in Nagtipunan are among the depressed and neglected tribal groups in the region. They lack education, skills, and livelihood. Most of the Agtas only finished elementary education and are into kaingin farming as a primary source of living.