Women hold 7th Kalinga Innabuyog confab
TABUK CITY, Kalinga — About 80 indigenous peasant women from the upland and lowland communities of Kalinga gathered here last May 17-18, 2011 at the TAMPCO training center for the 7th Provincial Innabuyog Assembly.
Celebrating by holding a workshop- training on Food Security to commemmorate the 20 years of women’s rights struggle in the province. Co-sponsored by the Cordillera Women’s Education Action Research Center (CWEARC) that helped facilitate the successful gathering.
Insights drawn from women’s experiences and lessons on food insecurity, hunger and self-reliant indigenous methods to combat these were drawn to further enrich the organization’s capacity.
Participants admitted the greater challenge faced by the perennial economic crisis. The strength reflected by the women on one hand, are remedies they engage to cope with the inadequate harvests, mainly from rice farming.
Also tackled were experiences of the indigenous women’s organization in managing socio-economic projects.
The indigenous peasant women’s organizations elected a new set of officers and drew their 3 year program focused at addressing the issue of food insecurity, asserting their rights and claim benefits due as indigenous women.
Their newly elected officers were also inducted during the assembly. They are: Catherine Cardenas as the provincial chairperson; Gloria Pisipis, vice-chairperson; Rose Lammawin as secretary-general; Nancy Ayangao, deputy secretary general; Tita Dumag, treasurer; and Betty Belen, auditor. # with reports from CWEARC