NCIP-Caraga conducts community visit, outreach program

AGUSAN DEL SUR, April 27 - A month after the last visit, the personnel from the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP)–Caraga led by Atty. Leslie Mae Plaza, acting chief of Technical Management and Services Division (TMSD), returned to Mahagsay, San Luis of this province on April 8, 2021 for another Community Visitation and Outreach Program, and to join the Banwaon tribe in time of their Dumalongdong celebration.

Dumalongdong is the most significant gathering of the Banwaon, wherein elders and leaders of the community are all gathered in this event. Katangkawan Wilfred Napongahan led the said activity. There were several intentions for the sacred event these include the anointment of future leaders of the community, the supplication from Magbabaya for the cleansing of the community and healing of the sick, and the acceptance and reconciliation of returning brethren. For each intention, offerings to Magbabaya were extended.

The event was also a form of thanksgiving for the approval of the Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) 250 of the Banwaon Indigenous Cultural Communities/ Indigenous Peoples (ICCs/IPs) on December 3, 2020. An album containing photos during the social preparation and survey was given to them to forever commemorate this achievement.

Meanwhile, the NCIP-Caraga and the local health unit led the distribution of over-the-counter medicines and vitamin supplements. Packs of Oral Rehydration Solution (ORESOL) were distributed especially that several residents experienced diarrhea. Food packs composed of three-kilo rice, coffee, milk, canned goods, and noodles were also handed to some 90 patients suspected of cholera. In addition, used toys and candies became the source of joy for Banwaon children.

The three volumes of Epanaw Coffee Table Books were also turned over to the Banwaon ICCs/IPs. (NCIP-Caraga/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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