The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) visited the Badjao communities in Sitio Puntod Alaska and Sitio Nabba in Barangay Mambaling, Cebu City on 8 December 2016 to bring food packs for the Badjao children as part of the agency’s Christmas outreach activities. The team was led by Undersecretary Ronald Flores, Chief of Staff Jeliza Farrah Dureza-Uy, and Director of Finance and Admin Services Atty. Yeshter Donn Baccay.
The OPAPP delegates also conducted initial assessment to determine development interventions that can be implemented through the Payapa at Masaganang Program (PAMANA). Chief of Staff Dureza-Uy said that possible interventions may include livelihood programs for Badjao women, additional kindergarten school, and sports facilities for the youth.
There are approximately 2,000 Badjaos in Barangay Mambaling, 90% of which are living below the poverty line.