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Finland Funds ILO Projects for Indigenous Peoples in the Philippenes
MANILA, Philippenes -- The International Labor Organization (ILO) is eyeing more projects for indigenous peoples in the Philippenes this year with over $100,000 worth of funding from the Embassy of Finland, the multilateral organization said.

A statement issued on Wednesday said ILO Country Director for the Philippines Lawrence Jeff Johnson and Heikki Hannikainen, Finland’s ambassador to Manila, signed on Monday an agreement to increase support for indigenous communities, particularly the T’boli and Ubo tribes in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.

Under the agreement, the Embassy of Finland will provide funds for indigenous peoples’ community projects through its local development cooperation facility while ILO will give technical support to project implementation.

Projects currently implemented in Lake Sebu include educational campaigns where indigenous peoples are taught how to read, write and count in their own dialect. Community organizations have also been established, with locals choosing their own leaders.

A number of indigenous communities also acquired land through the Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title.

The ILO and the Embassy of Finland partnership also supported a microfinance facility, which trains indigenous peoples in business transaction in order to help them gain more profit.

Aside from Lake Sebu communities, ILO and the Embassy of Finland have been working together in several projects since 2000.

In Palawan, they established a community-based micro-enterprise which processes wild honey, cashew nuts, rice and corn. Indigenous people working in the enterprise identified and implemented projects.

Source: Business World Online

Updated 02.03.2012
Published by: Magne Ove Varsi