- Published on Tuesday, 25 January 2011 14:01
Philippines: Indigenous Peoples In Central Luzon Claim Their Ancestral Lands
Dumagats, Aetas, Abelling, and Kalanguya tribes from the seven provinces in Central Luzon now own titles to 168,000 hectares of ancestral land.
Under the Ancestral Domain Claims, these lands underwent survey and delineation. The delineation determined the actual number of hectares covered by the claim and included a description of the features of the area.
These claims were later converted into Certificates of Ancestral Domain Titles which made the tribes owners of the lands they occupy.
Some 41,000 hectares were titled to 686 Dumagat families composed of 3,000 individuals. There were 94 families from barangay San Isidro, San Jose del Monte; and 162 from barangay Kalawakan in Dona Remedios Trinidad; 120 families from Dibut in San Luis and Zabali, Pingit, Baler all from Aurora province; and 130 from Rio Chico in Gen Tinio, Nueva Ecija.
Another tribe, the Kalanguyas from barangays Capintalan, Minuli, Putlan, and Salazar, all in Carranglan, Nueva Ecija are owners of 23,000 hectares of lands.
After the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo, the Aetas were forced to leave their mountain abodes and resettled in government sites. They have now returned to their original dwellings.
National Commission of Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Region III Director Salong Sunggod said 2,235 families in Zambales are now holders of ancestral land titles. They come from the following barangays: Belbel, Burgos, Moraza, and Villar in Botolan; Sta Fe and Buhawen in San Marcelino; Batiawan in Subic, and San Juan in Cabangan.
In Pampanga, Aetas from barangays Nabuklod and Mawacat in Floridablanca, barangays Calumpang and Marcos Village in Mabalacat, barangays Camias, Diaz, Inararo, Sapang Uwak in Porac and Sitio Target in Sapangbato, Angeles City now own some 24, 000 hectares.
In Bataan, 147 Aeta families occupy 4,300 hectares in sitio Pastolan in barangay Tipo, Hermosa town.
When the curly-haired Aetas married straight-haired lowlanders, they formed another group called the Abellings.
There are now 150 Abelling families living in sitio Socorro, barangay Moriones in San Jose, Tarlac. They have 75.2274 hectares of residential and productive farm lots they now claim as their own.