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IKSP on Governance, Identity and Worldview of the Manobo of Agusan del Sur

by MIILS The Manobo community has their own governance system. They have a method of selecting their leader, which is based on the leader’s values. These values necessarily reflect their relationship with other members of the communities, as well as their relationship with their material environment. They also have processes that they follow every time conflict arises or when community members need to integrate with another community.

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PHOTO ESSAY: Higaonon community flee homes for the 6th time due to militarization in Mis Or

One hundred fifty eight (158) individuals or thirty five 35 Higaonon Lumad families evacuated and reached the town center of Lagonglong, Misamis Oriental on May 29, 2017 due to heavy military presence back in their homes at Sitio Camansi, Brgy. Banglay. >>

The paramilitary versus the Lumad: A history of state-sponsored oppression

In September 2016, gunmen who are suspected to be part of paramilitary group Alamara killed three tribal leaders in Lianga, Surigao del Sur (Velez, n.d.). The same group was implicated in numerous attacks during the same year, including nine killings in Cabanglasan, Bukidnon. >>

Self-determination in representations and identities: The indigenous peoples’ challenge of the production of neocolonial discourse within a post-colonial country

Grassroots organizations in the IP communities in Northern Mindanao try to push for this image of development. They insist that the development – of money, of royalties from mining and whatever extractive operation –the government is envisioning for the indigenous communities is not the development they originally wanted. >>

The Legal Battle of the Indigenous Peoples for land rights: A survey of the laws affecting ancestral domains from the Spanish Colonial Period to the landmark Cariño decision in 1909

This is the “theoretical bedrock upon which Philippine land laws were based” wherein the State owns all lands of the public domain. >>

Digging towards (un) development: The Lumad vs. Mining projects in San Fernando, Bukidnon

The Lumad peoples’ economies now represent the greatest endurance of pre-industrial modes of production and traditional livelihoods in the contemporary world. These economies, signifying sustained contact and reworking with particular locations and ecosystems, are among the longest-standing and most proven examples of sustainable development in the 21st century. Large-scale mining projects will only destroy these. >>