Written By: Shelah Casiano
The Boracay Ati Community is one with the world in celebrating the International Day of the World's Indigenous People yesterday.
According to Program Management Team Coordinator, Evangeline Tambuon, the Ati Community at sitio Lugutan had a program, followed by a beach clean-up.
The International Day of the World's Indigenous People is observed on August 9 every year.
First pronounced by the General Assembly of the United Nations in December 1994, the celebration promotes and protects the rights of the world’s indigenous population.
Meanwhile, when asked about a group of indigenous people begging, particularly at the front beach, Tambuon said, they want to clarify that their group is not involved in such activity, adding that even the children in their community are being taught and understands this.
People should not generalize when the word "Ati" is being used, she said, noting that most of them are employed at resorts and other establishments in the island.
She also mentioned that, the LGU has a program that deals with the mentioned group of beggars, but what she cannot understand she said is that they will be gone in a week or so but are back again the next.
Moreover, the PMT Coordinator said that their programs such as Housing, Education, and Empowerment also continue.