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68 ATA-MANOBOS of Talaingod get housing units under Duterte’s shelter program for IPS

LUMAD HOUSING. 58 members of the Indigenous People Ata-Manobo tribe received housing units during turn-over rights Monday. August 16, 2021, in Sitio Tibucag, Dagohoy, Talaingod, Davao del Norte. The turn-over was led by Office of the Presidential Peace Adviser on the Peace Process (OPPAP) Secretary Carlito G. Galvez, Jr. (2nd from left), and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and witnessed by Governor Edwin Jubahib (center).

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Office of the Presidential Peace Adviser on the Peace Process (OPPAP) Secretary Carlito G. Galvez, Jr. and Governor Edwin Jubahib led on August 16 the turn-over of housing units to 68 members of the Indigenous People in Davao del Norte.

The beneficiary of the housing units in Sitio Tibucag, Dagohoy, Talaingod, were members of the Ata-Manobo tribe who returned to their village after years as evacuees at the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) Haran Center in Davao City.

The housing project is a program of President Rodrigo Duterte tp provide adequate shelter for the IPs in remote villages.

HOME FOR IPs. Aerial view of the National Housing Authority in Region 11 (NHA-11) Balai Hirogo-Unan housing project at Sitio Basak, Barangay Sto. Niño in Talaingod, Davao del Norte. The NHA-11 said the project is one of the four sites in Talaingod where it would build housing units for IPs. 

NHA to build 400 houses for IPs in Talaingod

The National Housing Authority in Region 11 (NHA-11) would build around 400 houses for the members of the Ata Manobo tribe in Talaingod, Davao del Norte. Read More

The housing units in BarangayDagohoy constructed by the NHA is funded from a PHP80 million fund for the construction of housing for the IPs in four housing sites inTalaingod.

The projects are the Balai Himulayanan in Barangay Dagohoy, Balai Hibatanan in Barangay Palma Gil, Balai Pamanoykan in Sitio Cuyas, Barangay Sto. Niño and the Balai Hirogo-Unan housing in Sitio Basak, Barangay Sto. Niño.

At the groundbreaking rites and time capsule laying of the Balai Hirogo-Unan housing project in Sitio Basak, Barangay Sto. Niño in 2020, NHA-11 regional manager, Engr. Zenaida M. Cabiles, said housing for the IPs, is the fulfillment of Duterte’s election promise to provide adequate shelter for the Indigenous People .

DAVAO DEL NORTE: Kiwanis holds pantry for Sto. Tomas town Ata-Manobo community

The Philippine South District Division 7 of Kiwanis International (Davao del Norte) in tandem with the Sto. Tomas municipality held on June 19, a community pantry for the indigenous people’s Ata-Manobo tribe.

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The pantry organized by a team led by Ms. Lorna Lui-Go, RN of Philippine South District Division 7 of Kiwanis International, with Kwn. Jennie Gaum and Kwn. Mary Joy Redulosa distributed assorted fruits, face masks, alcohols, and other hygiene kits to the Ata-Manobo community led by Datu Doming Tumaytay, the tribal chieftain and the Indigenous People’s Mandatory Representative (IPMR) to the Sto. Tomas municipal council.

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Mayor Ernesto Evangelista and the Municipal Administrator Atty. Elisa Evangelista-Lapina thanked Kiwanis International and all the partner agencies for the support in all the projects being undertaken by the Evangelista administration especially for the Ata-Manobo community in Sitio Talos, Barangay San Jose.

Sto. Tomas LGU, Kiwanis, AFP to build children’s playground

The Kiwanis community pantry was a side event of the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of the Talos Elementary School Playground, a joint project of the Kiwanis, Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Sto.Tomas local government, in Sitio Talos, Barangay San Jose.

Mayor Evangelista together with Lorna Lui-Go and her team, Atty. Elisa Evangelista-Lapina, 2nd Cavalry Company (Separate) Armor Division Phil Army, 7th Air Reserve Center, Tactical Operations Wing Eastern Mindanao, Tactical Operations Group 11, and 89th IB Makatao Battalion headed by Battalion Commander LTC Donald Gaffud led the groundbreaking ceremony.

87% of NPA surrenderers in Mindanao are IP members

 June 9, 2021

MANILA – About 87 percent of surrenderers from the New People’s Army (NPA) in Mindanao are members of indigenous peoples (IPs), according to an official of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).Lawyer Marlon Bosantog, the spokesperson for Legal Affairs and IP concerns of… Read More


NCIP against “lumad” tag on indigenous people

Lumad not an indigenous term and associated with the CPP, NDF, and NPA (Communist Party of the Philippines – National Democratic Front – New People’s Army)

NO TO ‘LUMAD’. The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples wants to correct the misnomer that all ethnic groups can be called “lumad”. In Resolution 08-009-2021 issued on March 2, 2021, the commission said the elders, leaders, and members of different ICC/IP groups in Mindanao requested that they not be called “lumad”. Instead, they want to be referred to by their ethnolinguistic group names. (Photo courtesy of NCIP)

Drop ‘lumad’, use ethnic group names instead

 March 4, 2021

MANILA – The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) issued a resolution denouncing the use of the term “lumad” when referring to Indigenous Cultural Communities (ICC) and different Indigenous Peoples (IPs) groups.NCIP Resolution 08-009-2021 issued on March 2 stated that… Read More

BADOY: Rappler needs to apologize to IPs

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 March 4, 2021

MANILA – Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy said online news site Rappler should issue an apology for supporting the narrative of Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army – National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) regarding the use… Read More

PH upholds IPs’ representation in talks, decision-making

Secretary Allen A. Capuyan, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Chairperson, cautions the international community to validate claims and appeals of some interest groups, using the pandemic situation, to solicit funds for IP communities in the Philippines. Speaking during the virtual 13th Session of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on Dec. 2, Capuyan said these donations are being channeled to support terrorist activities. (Contributed photo)

IPs represented in talks, decision-making

 December 3, 2020

GENEVA, Switzerland – The Philippines on Wednesday stressed the need for indigenous peoples (IPs) to be meaningfully engaged in discussions and decisions on all matters affecting them.”IP representations in decision making bodies such as the Regional Development, Peace and Order and Health… Read More

House panel OKs bill recognizing conserved IPs’ communities

 December 3, 2020

A measure seeking to recognize the indigenous cultural communities and indigenous peoples (ICCs/IPs) community conserved territories and areas (ICCA) hurdled committee level at the House of Representatives on Thursday.The House Committee on Indigenous Cultural Communities and… Read More

CPP, Makabayan should be held liable for Cullamat’s death

“You are killing us, corrupting our culture, cursing our lands and pitting us with our own brothers and sisters.”

 November 30, 2020

Indigenous Peoples (IP) leaders in Mindanao on Sunday said the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the Makabayan bloc should be held responsible for the death of Jevilyn Cullamat, daughter of Bayan Muna Party-list Rep. Eufemia Cullamat.“You are killing us, corrupting… Read More

Makabayan bloc can’t deny NPA recruitment

 November 30, 2020

An anti-communist group on Monday said it is not convinced that the Makabayan bloc is not a front organization of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).

The League of Parents of the Philippines (LPP), in a statement, railed… Read More



“What we need is what to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner, jobs so we can feed our families and education  for our children” 



In what is seen as a breakthrough in efforts to kill the communist insurgency, New People’s Army (NPA) rebels, mostly tribal, in Zamboanga del Norte in western Mindanao have signed a peace agreement after a successful localized peace talks with local government officials.

The signing of the peace deal, an act of courage and dissent by the armed component of the communist movement, came even as the leadership of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) led by exiled founder Jose Maria “Joma” Sison, frowned on party men engaging in peace negotiations with government.

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President Rodrigo Duterte, who have vowed to end the communist insurgency before his term ends in 2022, had broached localized peace talks as a ticket to peace to end the 50-year old insurgency. The Zamboanga peace deal could be the first successful localized peace talk in the country.
The formal surrender of 53 NPA rebels, followed by their oath of allegiance to the government, highlighted the “3rd and Final Localized Peace Engagement” with the local units of the communist movement in Zamboanga del Norte.
The surrenderers turned over assorted high-powered firearms to Governor Roberto Uy, chairperson of the Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC).

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RALLY FOR PEACE. Indigenous peoples, mostly Subanen youths, hold a peace rally outside the Zamboanga del Norte Provincial and Sports Convention Center in support of the 3rd and Final Localized Peace Engagement, on Tuesday (Dec. 10, 2019). The formal surrender of 53 New People’s Army rebels under the Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee highlighted the activity. (PNA photo by Gualberto M. Laput)

As 53 NPA rebels and their leaders and government officials were on the final stretch of the peace negotiations at the Convention and Sports Center in Dipolog City on Tuesday, December 10, groups from the tribe of the Subanen, Zamboanga’s indigenous people, and non-government organizations gathered in a peace rally to lend their support to the historic event. Most of fighters recruited the NPA in Zamboanga are from the Subanen tribe.
Five leaders leaders of the Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee signed the final agreement. Rene Glen Paje, Social Welfare Undersecretary for Inclusive and Sustainable Peace. inked the deal in behalf of government representatives who helped hammer out the localized peace negotiations.
The signing of the peace deal comes at a time when hopes for new negotiations are in the air.
Days before on December 8, President Duterte said he wants to talk peace anew with the communists and will be sending Labor secretary Silvestre Bello III, head of the Philippine negotiating panel.  to the Netherlands to lure Sison to the negotiation table.
Paje urged the surrenderers to convince their former comrades to lay down their arms and join the government to work for development and progress in the country.

“Stop fighting for a lost ideology. There is nothing to gain if you will continue on your armed struggle,” Paje said as he urged the remaining NPA rebels to surrender.

President Duterte, whose administration had engaged the rebels in on-and-off peace negotiations,  said he cannot close the door on the possible resumption of talks with the communist movement, stressing that the nation is “longing for peace.”
Peace is what Ka Ai-Ai, one of the surenderers, sees ahead after the signing of the deal that also thanked President Duterte for his effort to bring peace to the country.
The last provision of the final agreement states: “The group and their allies and operators in Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee (WMRPC) of the CPP-NPA-NDF extend to President Rodrigo Duterte their heartfelt thanks for the E.O. 70 and for welcoming them back to the fold of the law with neither blame or shame.”
Executive Order (EO) 70 instituted a “whole of government” approach in addressing the communist insurgency, primarily aimed to lure rebels back to the mainstream of society.
Ka Ai-ai told reporters at the scene of the peace rally that she came to a point when she could no longer continue as an NPA fighter with death hovering over her head.Ka Ai-Ai, one of the NPA surrenders, bared that she and her husband decided to surrender as life became more difficult in the mountains.

Ai-Ai and her husband said they spent years as “political guides” for the NPA.

“There was a time, during an encounter (with government forces), that I thought it was my last. I trembled, I’m frightened that one of the bullets whizzing around might hit me,” Ka Ai-ai said.
She added: “It’s enough. And I voluntarily went down to return to the fold of the law not as defeated soldier, but a tired warrior. ”
“Armed struggle is not the answer to our needs!” Timoay Walter D. Tirol, tribal leader in the towns of of Gutalac, Baliguian, and Siocon, told reporters at the height of the peace rally.
“What we need is what to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. What we want are jobs so we can feed our families; what our children need is education, not bullets, not guns,” Tirol said.
The tribal leader also asked the government and the NPA to respect and protect the rights of the indigenous people and their ancestral domain.
Tirol noted that in any armed conflict in their places, the victims are often ordinary Subanens in the hinterlands whose only dream is to survive and live peacefully, “never to assume any leadership position nor to take over any government”.
He said that his people are already tired of being the victims of the “seemingly never-ending war between the communists and the government”.
He added that most of the Subanens who joined the NPA are already returning to the fold of the law. (with PNA report)