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  • Organisation

    The Mt. Palaopao Upper Mangima Tribal Communities (MPUMATRIC) was organised way back on October 8, 2003, after a Mt. Palaopao Stakeholders Conference. It is an Indigenous Peoples Organisation of the Talaandig-Higaonon communities of Manolo Fortich and Sumilao, Bukidnon. As an organisation, it is legally registered as a non-stock, non-profit organisation at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in June 2006. MPUMATRIC is culturally driven and self-help, mostly through voluntary, collective and personal resources of the community and its leaders.

    • Organisation

      The Mt. Palaopao Upper Mangima Tribal Communities (MPUMATRIC) was organised way back on October 8, 2003, after a Mt. Palaopao Stakeholders Conference. It is an Indigenous Peoples Organisation of the Talaandig-Higaonon communities of Manolo Fortich and Sumilao, Bukidnon. As an organisation, it is legally registered as a non-stock, non-profit organisation at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in June 2006. MPUMATRIC is culturally driven and self-help, mostly through voluntary, collective and personal resources of the community and its leaders.

    • Project

      The Formulation of the Talaandig tribes Indigenous Peoples Plan in the Palaopao and Upper Mangima Tribal Communities project implements Chapter IV (Right to Self-Governance and Empowerment) of R.A. 8371 (Indigenous Peoples Rights Act). It aims to assist the Talaandig-Higaonon tribe in the municipalities of Manolo Fortich and Sumilao, Bukidnon to formulate an Indigenous Peoples Plan to be lobbied and incorporated to the respective barangay development plans and most importantly, to the Municipal Comprehensive Land Use Plans (CLUP) of the Municipal LGUs. Once already in place, it will be an instrument to correct and mitigate the historic injustice that demands restitutive and restorative measures for the injuries and damages suffered and sustained by the Talaandig peoples.

  • Project

    The Formulation of the Talaandig tribes Indigenous Peoples Plan in the Palaopao and Upper Mangima Tribal Communities project implements Chapter IV (Right to Self-Governance and Empowerment) of R.A. 8371 (Indigenous Peoples Rights Act). It aims to assist the Talaandig-Higaonon tribe in the municipalities of Manolo Fortich and Sumilao, Bukidnon to formulate an Indigenous Peoples Plan to be lobbied and incorporated to the respective barangay development plans and most importantly, to the Municipal Comprehensive Land Use Plans (CLUP) of the Municipal LGUs. Once already in place, it will be an instrument to correct and mitigate the historic injustice that demands restitutive and restorative measures for the injuries and damages suffered and sustained by the Talaandig peoples.

  • Results

    In our experience as an indigenous community, the most successful empowerment approach we used in implementing the project is balancing both the interests of the rights holders and the stakeholders or ancestral domain social actors. The two cannot be separate as far as indigenous peoples’ development is a concern. Though the Local Government Unit officials are undeniably the most influential actors given their authority and resources, the rights holders too, in particular, the pillars of the tribal community who are known to be “experts” in various traditional-cultural fields shall be wisely be introduced also in the agenda of development.” MPUMATRIC Team

    In line with with the objectives of the project Formulation of the Talaandig tribe’s Indigenous Peoples Plan in the Palaopao and Upper Mangima Tribal Communities, on September 15, 2018, at the Covered Court in Zone 1, Ticala, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, sixteen Barangay Officials composed of Punong Barangays and Kagawads from the ten Barangay Local Government Units (LGUs), namely Dalirig, Maluko, Ticala, Kalugmanan of the Municipality of Manolo Fortich and Barangays Vista Villa, San Roque, Kulasi, Puntian, Ocasion, and Licoan of Municipality of Sumilao signed a commitment to support the formulation of the Indigenous Peoples Plan (IP Plan) to be incorporated in their respective Barangay Development Plans.

    Looking at it in detail, this is what MPUMATRIC was able to achieve during this project period.

     Financial policies and internal control systems are now already in place as adopted by the MPUMATRIC Council of Elders.

     The Technical Working Group or Planning Team was tasked to discuss and prepare the planning framework according to the indigenous belief, indigenous knowledge systems, customary law, traditional governance, traditional sustainable livelihood, health systems, security, peace and order of the tribal community.

    Seven Council of Elders’ meetings were conducted for the Mt. Palaopao Upper Mangima Tribal Communities (MPUMATRIC) during the whole duration of the project, with an over-all of 29 attendees. Most activities were held in barangay Dalirig, Manolo Fortich, the official address of the organisation. The rest were held in Kisolon, Sumilao, Bukidnon, where the IP peace and Governance Center is located. The Council of Elders organisation’s policy and governing body were tasked to develop and promulgate policies relative to the IPs’ rights to the ancestral domain, culture, environment, self-determination, and empowerment.

    On September 7, 2019 at Dalirig, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, the Technical Working Group or IP Plan Team, once again met to iron out some matters needed to fully complete the IP Plan manuscript. Outputs were immediately forwarded to the contracted writer for detailed technical work. To name a few, additional subjects being improved and/or added to the plan are the following:

    1. Indigenous Political Structure (IPS)
    2. IP Planning Team
    3. MPUMATRIC’s organisational information

    Future plans of MPUMATRIC regarding their work in lobbying for the Talaandig tribes in the Palaopao and Upper Mangima Tribal Communities is to continue promoting the Indigenous Peoples’ Plan to various stakeholders once the lockdowns brought by the Covid19 Pandemic are lifted.

     

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