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    The sense of powerlessness was the impetus for Negrito leaders to formalise a network. This project power and the capacity to influence policy for the advancement of the interests of the most vulnerable indigenous groups in the country. The Sentrong Pagpapalakas ng Negritong Kultura at Kalikasan (SPNKK) came into existence as an umbrella network of the Negrito groups in the country. The network created a series of Negrito cultural revival festivals and development forums in various parts of the country beginning in 2010 and has served as a precursor to the establishment of the network.

    Today, SPNKK is expanding its reach towards effective advocacy confronting the Negrito communities in the Philippines. Issues include rights to protect and claim their ancestral land and its natural resources, forest conservation, access to appropriate education and recognition of the role of traditional healers in primary health care. Another focus is the empowerment of women and youth through building the capacity for leadership positions in the context of indigenous customary laws and practices.

    • Organisation

      The sense of powerlessness was the impetus for Negrito leaders to formalise a network. This project power and the capacity to influence policy for the advancement of the interests of the most vulnerable indigenous groups in the country. The Sentrong Pagpapalakas ng Negritong Kultura at Kalikasan (SPNKK) came into existence as an umbrella network of the Negrito groups in the country. The network created a series of Negrito cultural revival festivals and development forums in various parts of the country beginning in 2010 and has served as a precursor to the establishment of the network.

      Today, SPNKK is expanding its reach towards effective advocacy confronting the Negrito communities in the Philippines. Issues include rights to protect and claim their ancestral land and its natural resources, forest conservation, access to appropriate education and recognition of the role of traditional healers in primary health care. Another focus is the empowerment of women and youth through building the capacity for leadership positions in the context of indigenous customary laws and practices.

    • Project

      The Agta, Ayta, Ati, Ata, and Batak are indigenous peoples in the Philippines with a hunter-gatherer background. These communities have their own methods and customs governing resource utilisation and social structures that have kept their societies intact. As hunter-gatherers, they traditionally moved in mobile groups, planting swiddens, hunting, and gathering wild food from the forests. Given their present context they realise the need to unite and plan for the future in order to protect their long-term interests. This can only be accomplished if they are able to break their culture of silence and voice their concerns to the government. Recognising the difficulty in mobilising these communities to take positions on development issues, unity cannot be built overnight, but requires concerted effort to organise communities and to develop their ability to defend their rights to land and its natural resources.

      The project; Building Voices: Empowerment, as Defined by Hunting Gathering Societies in Transition, provides an avenue for these communities and organisations to come together to collectively plan and undertake activities, exchange experiences, and highlight critical issues affecting them. Sentrong Pagpapalakas ng Negritong Kultura at Kalikasan (SPNKK) works in partnership with Batak and Manide leaders to: 1) Develop active and critical participation of community members to address: (i) issues of access to resources and forest protection in their ancestral domains, (ii) land security, (iii) indigenous representation to local legislative councils, and (iv) other priority issues identified at the community level. 2) Articulate issues affecting these communities to a wider audience and develop an advocacy platform in defending their ancestral domains and their natural resources. 3) Provide the opportunity to exchange best practices in addressing community issues related to land and forest based resources.

      The project also helps its member organisations and communities to plan, implement, and direct their own initiatives in order to achieve their vision, mission, and goals. After a year, Batak and Manide communities will have internalised the fact that power can and should emanate from them and not from outside entities.

  • Project

    The Agta, Ayta, Ati, Ata, and Batak are indigenous peoples in the Philippines with a hunter-gatherer background. These communities have their own methods and customs governing resource utilisation and social structures that have kept their societies intact. As hunter-gatherers, they traditionally moved in mobile groups, planting swiddens, hunting, and gathering wild food from the forests. Given their present context they realise the need to unite and plan for the future in order to protect their long-term interests. This can only be accomplished if they are able to break their culture of silence and voice their concerns to the government. Recognising the difficulty in mobilising these communities to take positions on development issues, unity cannot be built overnight, but requires concerted effort to organise communities and to develop their ability to defend their rights to land and its natural resources.

    The project; Building Voices: Empowerment, as Defined by Hunting Gathering Societies in Transition, provides an avenue for these communities and organisations to come together to collectively plan and undertake activities, exchange experiences, and highlight critical issues affecting them. Sentrong Pagpapalakas ng Negritong Kultura at Kalikasan (SPNKK) works in partnership with Batak and Manide leaders to: 1) Develop active and critical participation of community members to address: (i) issues of access to resources and forest protection in their ancestral domains, (ii) land security, (iii) indigenous representation to local legislative councils, and (iv) other priority issues identified at the community level. 2) Articulate issues affecting these communities to a wider audience and develop an advocacy platform in defending their ancestral domains and their natural resources. 3) Provide the opportunity to exchange best practices in addressing community issues related to land and forest based resources.

    The project also helps its member organisations and communities to plan, implement, and direct their own initiatives in order to achieve their vision, mission, and goals. After a year, Batak and Manide communities will have internalised the fact that power can and should emanate from them and not from outside entities.

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