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INDIGENOUS PEOPLES NEWS

Relatives of slain Teduray farmer in Datu Hoffer yearn for justice

MAGUINDANAO --- Relatives of an ethnic Teduray farmer killed by gunmen Friday night in Datu Hoffer town urged Sunday their tribal leaders and the police to cooperate in putting closure to the gruesome incident.

The 46-year-old John Daya Benito died on the spot from multiple gunshot wounds.

Benito’s wife, Gloria, 33, said one of the gunmen who arrived in their farm at about 7:00 p.m. Friday casually approached her husband and opened fire with an assault rifle.

Benito, father of six grade school children, died on the spot from multiple bullet wounds.

Traditional bead making now part of TESDA’s National Competency

KORONADAL CITY - The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) have started the assessment and validation for the potential training for the cultural communities in the country, including the Indigenous Peoples of Region 12.

Region 12 was chosen for the validation and assessment of Beadworks Accessories and Diversified Beadwork Product Making NC II at Lake Sebu, South Cotabato last Month.

IP communities appreciates 3 books on cultures, ancestral lands

COTABATO CITY --- Southern indigenous communities felt elated with the publication of three books on their cultures and ancestral domains, for them essential to the preservation of their centuries-old identities.

The three books, Pagkilala, Paggalang and Pagtaguyod, depicting the cultural-pluralism among the country’s indigenous sectors were published by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples under its Project Epanaw, launched last March 14 in Davao City.

NCIP's three-volume book project on IP cultures and homelands lauded

COTABATO CITY --- The government has just published three books on cultures, history and ancestral domains of indigenous communities that stakeholders want in digital copies too for faster circulation.

Dubbed “Project Epanaw,” the publication of the Pagkilala, Paggalang and Pagtaguyod books, launched simultaneously in Luzon, Metro Manila, Visayas and in Mindanao last Sunday, was an initiative of the central office of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples.

Sultan Kudarat IPs want NPAs out of tribal domain

SULTAN KUDARAT --- The military on Wednesday urged peace advocacy groups to listen to wishes of indigenous communities for the New People’s Army to leave their ancestral domains where rebels rule with impunity.

Major Gen. Juvymax Uy of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division said Wednesday the 6th ID is thankful to local government units in central Mindanao that have lately been active in helping drumbeat the sentiments of IP constituents ranting on the presence of NPAs in their villages.

South Cotabato national Gawad Manlilikha awardee pumanaw na, 106

KORONADAL CITY- Pumanaw na kahapon sa edad na 106 years old si Bai Yabing Masalon Dulo ang ipinagmamalaking 2018 GAMABA o Manlilikha ng Bayan Awardee ng South Cotabato. Ito ayon kay Arts Culture and Tourism Museum Unit Senior Tourism Operations Officer Argie Asaria ay kanilang ikinabigla at ikinalungkot.

Blaans finish college through SMI scholarship program

KORONADAL CITY --- Roel Apas is a college professor who is so proud of having finished college with the help of a mining outfit in Tampakan, South Cotabato.

Apas, who has a master's degree in public administration, is one of 757 ethnic Blaans who are now professionals, courtesy of the Samahan ng mga Matatalinong Indibidwal scholarship program of the Sagittarius Mines, Inc., or SMI.

The scholarship program caters to deserving students in enclaves covered by the SMI's Tampakan copper and gold project.

From Where I Stand: “There is nothing I want more than a peaceful community where we can live in our ancestral domain, practicing our traditional culture”

Blaans want copper, gold extraction in Tampakan sooner than expected

KORONADAL CITY --- For Blaan leaders, only with the extraction of copper and gold in Tampakan, South Cotabato and nearby towns can the tribe rise from poverty and underdevelopment. 

“Let us mine freely these lands in our ancestral domain that are rich in copper and gold,” Bae Dalena Samling, figurehead of the tribal council in Barangay Danlag in Tampakan town in South Cotabato, said Wednesday.

NCIP allows gold, copper extraction in Tampakan

SOUTH COTABATO --- The Bl'aan community in this province was elated with the government’s imprimatur, on their behalf, for the extraction of copper and gold in their ancestral homeland.

Benefactors have earmarked US$5.9 billion for the mine development project, expected to generate employment for Bl’aans and much-needed revenues that can be spent for education, health care and social interventions for the indigenous people in areas within the extraction sites.

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