Needs and Aspirations of Indigenous Peoples in Central Luzon
Joseph C. Revilla
College of Public Administration and Governance, Tarlac State University
This study investigated the needs and aspirations of Indigenous Peoples in Central Luzon. First, it described the profile of the Indigenous Peoples. This also discussed the Needs and Aspirations of the Indigenous Peoples and identify the issues, problems, and concerns they experience in attaining such. Through this, the study formulated programs, projects, and activities to solve such problems. The study used a descriptive research design and three (3) instruments in gathering data, namely: interview guide; observation, and document analysis. As synthesized in the findings of the interview the needs and aspirations of the Indigenous People in Central Luzon are as follows: Livelihood, education, clean water source, road improvement, health services, legal services, ancestral domain, respect and implementation of rights, preservation and showcasing of arts, culture and tradition and leadership. The Problems Encountered Affecting the Needs and Aspirations of the Indigenous Peoples in Central Luzon are as follows: Conflicting Claims, Issues in Relocation, Leadership, Isolated Area of Habitat and Injustices, Presence of Lawless Elements and Recruitment of Communist Terrorist Groups. Lastly, the proposed recommendations to address the problems encountered affecting the needs and aspirations of the Indigenous Peoples in Central Luzon are as follows: Resolution of Conflicting Claims, Relocation, Leadership Guidance and Training, Education, Culturally Sensitive Development within Isolated Area of Habitat and Justice, Implementation of the Law and Protection and Education regarding the dangers of the communist terrorist struggle.
Keywords: Needs, Aspirations, Indigenous Peoples, Central Luzon