World Bank approves P1-M grant for cultural heritage center

WB released $2,000 or roughly P1 million for the construction of one building inside the one-fourth hectare center. It is one of the projects approved under its Grants Facility for Indigenous Peoples.

KIN, which manages the project, sought funding assistance from other donors, including the city government, for the other structures. Some individuals have pledged to donate to the project, it added.

The heritage center aims to preserve and strengthen the interrelated cultures of the Bukidnon, Higaonon and Talaandig tribes, the three tribes inhabiting the mountain range, KIN explained.

The center will be built in Olanguhon, an interior tribal village northwest of the city.

KIN said the design of the center was based on the results of workshops held since last year between the Lumads (indigenous peoples) and three architects, two coming from the University of the Philippines-Diliman.

KIN further disclosed that a telecommunications company had donated an additional 30 units of mobile phones for tribal forest guards of Mount Kitanglad. The equipment will help much in reporting to authorities timber poaching and other illegal activities, it added.

Local government units will be asked to initially shoulder the e-load for the phones, the group said. (MindaNews)