Philippines: Indigenous Peoples In Central Luzon Do Development Planning


Development planning is now an integral function of our indigenous peoples in Central Luzon.


Even our Aeta, Kalanguya, Dumagat, Abelleng and Ilongot tribes determine and decide their own priorities for development. They formulate their own Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development and Protection Plan (ADSDPP).


The ADSDPP stipulates the programs, projects and activities which the IP’s have identified as their priority for implementation. Another advantage of having drawn this plan is that it will serve as a ready reference for those who would want to partner and collaborate with the IP’s in the implementation of some of the projects. For those who would want to grant assistance, this ADSDPP will serve as a guide in their choice of project to finance.


To date, two communities have completed their ADSDPP- the Aetas of Mawacat and Nabuklod Settlements in Floridablanca, Pampanga and the Aetas of barangays Belbel, Burgos, Moraza and Villar in Botolan, Zambales.


There are 454 Aeta families in the Floridablanca area while the Botolan site is composed of 1,302 families.


The Floridablanca ADSDPP has been adapted by the municipal government and incorporated in its local plan while that of Botolan is now integrated into the development plan of the town.


With on-going ADSDPP formulation are those of the 180 Dumagat families in Dinalungan, Dilasag, and Casiguran in Aurora province; 648 Aeta families from Bamban, Tarlac and Mabalacat, Pampanga; 1,072 Kalanguya households from Carranglan, Nueva Ecija; 553 Dumagat individuals from barangay Dibut, San Luis, Aurora; 137 Aeta families from sitio Bayanbayanan, barangay Pag-asa, Orani, Bataan; 187 individual Aetas from sitio Banawen, barangay Maloma, San Felipe, Zambales; 1,500 individual Aetas from sitio Pastolan, barangay Tipo, Hermosa, Bataan and 508 Aeta families from Labayku, Capaas, Tarlac.


National Commission on Indigenous Peoples Region III Director Salong Sunggod disclosed that these ADSPPs are even the source of the NCIP Indigenous Peoples Action Plan for 2011 which was forwarded to the National Economic Development Authority.

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