Ulticon Builders, Committed to Food Sufficiency for Indigenous Peoples

Ulticon Builders, Inc. (UBI) is equally passionate about building roads and bridges as it is about nation building.  For UBI, nation building is anchored on inclusion – with no one left behind – the spirit that fuels the company’s unwavering support for the country’s Indigenous Peoples (IP).

On 26 February 2020 – UBI, represented by General Manager Rudolph Joseph C. Lopez,  planted one abaca seedling and four dragon fruit cuttings to ceremonially commence the Luyungan Food Sufficiency Project in Luyungan IP High School in Nasuli, Bangcud, Malaybalay City.  More importantly, UBI pledged to build the water system for the plantation and to supply meals during labor activities.

The project has been inspired by Luyungan IP High School students struggling with their basic needs, including food, while pursuing their studies.  Because of the long distance between the school and their villages, students find it hard to go home on weekends and their parents have difficulty feeding them.  The school administrators have been soliciting food from government and private organizations, but they recognize that such food assistance is a temporary solution.  In contrast, the Luyungan Food Sufficiency Project will provide long-term benefits as the 5 hectares of Adlai, Dragon Fruit, and Abaca plantation within the school perimeter can earn an annual income of PhP 5M by 2022.  With this income, meals and drinks for the students, on a regular basis, can be subsidized.

Luyungan IP High School and UBI are collaborating with Unifruitti Tropical Philippines Inc. (UTPI), Heneliban Foundation In (HFI), Kalugmanan Agri-Development Corp. (KADC), and the Philippine Army’s 403rd Infantry Brigade and 8th Infantry Battalion to make the project a success.  Once the Luyungan Food Sufficiency Project meets its target produce and income, it can continue to nourish the minds and the bodies of the children of the seven tribes of Bukidnon.  It can continue to allow education to enable our IP brothers and sisters from the Matigsalog, Higaonon, Talaandig, Manobo, Umayamnon, Tigawahanon tribes to march towards progress.

Photo from: https://bukidnonnews.net/articles/luyungan-ip-school-to-fight-student-hunger-with-food-sufficiency-project/

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