TABUK CITY, Kalinga – Gov. James Edubba disclosed that the province’s rich culture and traditions can help spur the local tourism industry and help provide sources of livelihood while ensuring the preservation and protection of the peoples’ age-old traditions and the environment.
Edubba, who recently assumed his post as the province’s chief executive, stated that Kalinga is rich in culture, traditions, arts and heritage being the home to some 47 sub-tribes in the city and the 7 municipalities.
He pointed out that the preservation and protection of such cultures and traditions is very important at this point to ensure their continuity through the intergenerational transmission to the younger generations.
The governor claimed there is a much to be done to ensure that the province’s rich culture and traditions will be well preserved and protected and passed on to the upcoming generations and he will start this in his administration.
According to him, the provincial government will embark on a comprehensive plan to preserve and protect the province’s rich culture, traditions, arts and heritage as a start in the long journey in partnership with concerned government agencies and other interested partners.
He said that Kalinga cannot afford to eventually lose its identity without the rich culture and traditions of its peoples that is why local officials will have to work double time to recover lost time in achieving the overall objective of passing these on to the future generations.
The provincial chief executive admitted there many things needed to be done to ensure the preservation and protection of the province’s rich culture and traditions primarily because of the presence of the sub-tribes but such efforts will be much easier with the active participation of concerned stakeholders from the grassroots level who will be the primary sources of information and data in the said endeavor.
Edubba rallied all concerned sectors in the province to support his administration help Kalinga recover from the impact inflicted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic more than 2 years now because there are bright prospects for the province’s recovery.
He expressed hope that the resilience of the indigenous peoples can trigger the ongoing efforts to gradually and safely revive the heavily impacted economy thus the efforts of concerned government agencies and the local government are geared towards allowing the people to regain the vibrance of their economic activities and sources of livelihood.
He assured the people that reforms instituted during his administration are geared towards recovery from their ongoing pandemic.