Eager to pursue security to their ancestral lands, the Kalatungan Indigenous Peoples (IP) leaders inked a joint resolution endorsing Xavier Science Foundation – Institute of Land Governance (XSF-ILG) as their partner to assist them in crafting their Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development and Protection Plan (ADSDPP). This decision was made during the consultation between XSF-ILG and the IP leaders last 1 September 2016 at Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.
The ADSDPP is very essential for the IP communities since it puts into a document their own plan on how they will sustainably manage and develop their land and natural resources within their ancestral domain based on their indigenous knowledge, systems and practices. It is also a document required by National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) for the issuance of Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT).
Of the ten recorded IP communities claiming for ancestral domains in Kalatungan, only one has complete ADSDPP. Thus, XSF-ILG, with the support of International Land Coalition (ILC), intends to assist these IP communities in crafting the said plan.
XSF-ILG identified four organizations to be assisted, namely: Bayawon, Lungayan, Lukday, Pendonay, Tandakol Tribal Association (BLUPENTTRAS), Manggayahay Talaandig Tribal Association (MANTALA), Nagkahiusang Manobo nga Manununod sa Yutang Kabilin (NAMAMAYUK) and Tumindok Association.
The consultation was a preparatory activity of XSF-ILG for the series of engagement with the IP communities on the crafting of their plans. The joint resolution was endorsed by the IP leaders to NCIP for their information and guidance.
Contributor: Renante Salcedo of XSF-ILG