Community-led development empowers Filipino indigenous community

Commemoration of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. UN File Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

A social services project run by the Philippines government has changed life in indigenous village in the north of the country, according to one of the residents.

Elsie Lomong-Oy is a member of the Igorot people in Besao mountain province where roughly half of the population falls below the poverty line.

She recently spoke at the UN about the value of community-led development in addressing poverty and promoting more inclusive local government.

Ms Lomong-Oy told Dianne Penn about the programme known as KALAHI-CIDSS.

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