All roads led to Porac, Pampanga on the 20th of September as Rotarians from District 3830 motored to the Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University to kick off a project that would bring them together in one community –Usbong Katutubo Rotary Village.
Representing the Club at the event were Pres. Fred Pascual, PP David & Mache Ackerman, PN Peter Manzano, and Ira Kiener, chairman of the day’s program.
The significance of the event was underscored by the presence of D3830 Gov. Al Montecillo, D3790 Gov. Pancracio Nisce, Gen. Hermogenes Esperon, and USec Allen Capuyan, Presidential Adviser for Indigenous People’s Concerns, among many others.
The project calls for the development of a two-hectare property into a community for Aeta families with, initially, 27 lead clubs in D3830 committed to implement projects under the six areas of focus.
Funding for the specific projects of the lead clubs will be provided by our Partnership in Service Program (PSP) to the tune of P2.7 million, assuming that all 27 clubs will be requiring the maximum grant of P100,000 per project. Other clubs in the district that will decide to sign up for the project later may apply for PSP grants as well. From that perspective, it is clear that RC Makati plays a critical role in the project.
The Club manifested its seriousness in helping to push the project forward by giving away 1,000 pairs of slippers to the Aetas, a donation from Taba Samson.
The projects to be implemented under the six areas of focus aim to build a self-sustaining community and include: Economic & Community Development—agritourism and corporate farming, meat processing, candle and soap making, design and crafting of ethnic jewelry, sewing, tailoring and welding; Basic Education & Literacy—building classrooms, setting up daycare centers, providing school materials, training of Aetas as teachers; Maternal and Child Health—establish a birthing center, licensing and operation of medical equipment, training of Aetas as midwives; Water & Sanitation—build toilets, one for every 3-4 households; Disease Prevention and Treatment—medical and dental missions, conduct workshops on health and disease prevention; and Peace and Conflict Prevention and Resolution—legal advice and orientation on the IPIRA law and other rights.