DAVAO CITY - President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday vowed to set aside P100 million for the Lumad or Mindanao indigenous peoples for agricultural development in ancestral domains.
"If you don’t want mining, fine. That is my commitment. If you want agriculture alone, I will set aside P100 million for you," Duterte said during his speech at the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) Leaders’ Summit in Panacan, Davao City.
"Prepare yourselves for the eventual relocation if that is what you want. But as of now, if you think it is dangerous, I will build temporary shelter and make it permanent like what I gave to the Moros of Lanao, then (I will also provide) jobs."
He added that if the IPs want development in the area, he will personally choose the investors.
Meanwhile, members of IPs of Mindanao signed a manifesto, swearing that they would continue to express their commitment and support to peace and development program as embodied in the Duterte administration’s 10-point agenda.
Members and convenors of the IPs of Mindanao from Regions 10 to 13 gathered during the two-day IPs Leader’s Summit.