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A crowd of at least 300 people gathered at the municipal gymnasium to commemorate its 12th “Araw Ng Lumad” celebration on October 5, 2012.
This year’s theme “Mandaya/Manobo, Magkasubad ta Kapiyaan Dini ta Gov. Generoso” (Mandaya/Manobo will unite together towards the progress of Governor Generoso).
The activity aims to provide opportunity for indigenous people a venue to share opinions and ideas as a partner in nation building; to provide belongingness among tribal sector; and to be able to increase awareness and sense of responsibility as partner in preserving and protecting the environment.
“Of all the municipalities of Davao Oriental, only Governor Generoso made it every year.” Marilyn S. Yumon, NCIP Provincial Officer, said. She further stated that Governor Generoso is a recipient of a school site project. The GMA foundation will be the one to identify the two barangays to benefit the said project.
“We annually celebrate Araw Ng Lumad to highlight the idea that they are vital members of the body politics comprising our nation. They play important roles in nation building, they have been part of our national endeavors, especially during the centuries of our people’s struggle for nationhood,” Mayor Vicente D. Orencia stated.
The honorable Mayor has long been very supportive of programs and activities concerning the Lumad sector. He wanted them to realize their potential contribution to the national development.