By Freddie C. Velez
Malolos City, Bulacan — The tribal governor of the Dumagat – some 800 indigenous people living in the mountains of Norzagaray, San Jose del Monte and Doña Remedios Trinidad – thanked yesterday Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado for their having experienced a grand Christmas celebration at the Capitol gymnasium the other day.
Provincial officials led by Alvarado and Vice Gov. Daniel Fernando played “Santa Claus” to more or less 800 members of the Dumagat tribe in a well-organized celebration prepared by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office under Rowena Joson- Tiongson.
“Masasayang tao kaming mga Dumagat… naging makulay at makabuluhan ang aming buhay sa kabundukan dahil sa gubyerno ng lalawigan ng Bulacan (We are a happy people… it has been a colorful and meaningful life for us in the mountains because of the support of the provincial government of Bulacan),” said Dumagat governor Salvador Cruz.
Alvarado underscored the great contribution of the Dumagat tribe as they are the deputized environment watchmen of Bulacan’s rainforest, particularly along the Angat and Ipo dams watershed areas.