MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon—The Matigsalug and Manobo tribes of Sinuda village in Kitaotao, Bukidnon can now use the newly completed P4.9 million “Tulugan (tribal hall)” as a comfortable venue for their gatherings, learnings, meetings, and other functions.
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark A. Villar announced that the DPWH-Bukidnon 2nd District Engineering Office (DPWH-Bukidnon 2nd DEO) has recently turned over the two-storey building to Kitaotao local government.
He said the tribal hall’s design depicts the traditional architecture according to the functional needs of the indigenous tribes.
In a report to DPWH 10 Regional Director Zenaida Tan, DPWH-Bukidnon 2nd DEO Engr. Marivel Frances Ong said it was built of wood battens and nailers with masonry walls; steel roof framing with Nipa roofing; concrete slabs and stairs with steel handrails and balusters.
While Kitaotao town mayor Lorenzo A. Gawilan Jr. thanked the government, through DPWH for showing initiative and working with the local government, he also urged the indigenous peoples (IPs) to create new ways of solving life’s challenges and support the government’s efforts in breaking the cycle of poverty.
“The completion of this project signifies the government’s zeal in uplifting the lives of the hill tribes here who are mostly deprived of the basic services as they are geographically isolated from the economic center. This would empower our IPs to strive even more in fostering unity and strengthening their roles as government’s partners in peace and development,” the mayor said.
Bukidnon’s 3rd congressional district Representative Manuel “Manoy” Zubiri, meanwhile, underscored the importance of the structure in preserving the tribe’s culture. He said it will become the dynamic center of Sinuda village’s Matigsalug and Manobo tribes and a comfortable place they can call their own. (DPWH10/PIA Bukidnon)
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