Some 50 Indigenous People (IP) families will apparently be affected by the Bukidnon airport project. And in exchange for pulling them out of the area in Don Carlos, Bukidnon, where the airport will be, they will be given Php 5 Million. This would mean that each indigenous family will receive Php 100,000.
Which makes me think — is Php 100,000 enough?
Granted that the families themselves, led by Datu Teodoro Andil of the Unified Ancestral Domain of Manobo Kirenteken, reportedly asked for the Php 5 Million, is this just? Is this fair? Have other government agencies and NGOs perhaps helped them figure out if this amount can help them long-term?
The Php 5 Million will reportedly be used to purchase a 50-hectare relocation site in Pangantucan. Fifty homes will be built there, one for each family. Again, one family receives Php 100,000.
The news report also indicated that the Provincial Council already granted Bukidnon Governor Jose Zubiri, Jr. the authority to extend the financial assistance.
I’m not sure what and how to feel about this. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for development. An airport in Bukidnon has long been awaited. I just feel that the families that will be affected should be given the most appropriate care and assistance. What do you think?
More information about the Bukidnon airport in Don Carlos here