Naundep ni Napahnuhan ni Kalanguya (Firm Unity of the Kalanguyas-NNK)

NNK is an alliance of seven community organizations formed to ensure the implementation of the comprehensive land-use plan (CLUP), the product of piloting the ecosystems approach in Tinoc, Ifugao in northern Philippines. They have, to a certain extent, acquired knowledge in project development though there is still a need for capacity building on governance and on organizational strengthening to enable them the generate support for their work and upscale these. 

The Kalanguya are a homogenous ethno-linguistic group occupying their own ancestral lands, thus the potential to carry on an all-rounded holistic sustainable development in their territory. While they face the challenges of conflicting laws of the state and their customary governance, they continue to strategize on how to effectively lobby for the respect and recognition of the customary land laws, continue to implement the comprehensive land-use plans and now have clear strategies in attaining food security. The Kalanguyas of Tinoc may also be instrumental if Tebtebba will expand its work to the adjacent municipalities[1] in the province of Ifugao. Direct support shall be extended to this area to push for consolidation and strengthening of community governance to ensure sustainability of its comprehensive land-use plan, advocacy and networking for livelihood development and for expansion.

The work with the Kalanguyas of Tinoc can help facilitate Tebtebba’s expansion work to the adjacent municipalities in the Province of Ifugao. The concrete gains made by communities can be shown and learning sites shall be maximized as demonstrations sites to other communities. Given a favorable atmosphere, Tebtebba may upscale its work in the province within this project phase.


Pidlisan Tribal Organization (PITO)

In response to community requests, Tebtebba has been facilitating an action research since 2011 in this area. They are one of the tribe whose customary governance is still strong and has control over their land, territories and resources. The action research on land use and resource assessment was undertaken from mid-2011 to end-2014.  For each major finding in regards to threats to the territory, the tribe has to conduct its own process of resolving or mitigating or coming up with compromises. One of the many results of the action research was the consolidation of all of the tribe’s dap-ays[1].  They were also able to organize the Tribal Council of Leaders. They are now prepared to do their territory development and management plan.


Indigenous Farmers Association of Guinaang Pasil (IFAGPI) Inc.

IFAGPI is the organization of Guinaang tribe[2] who formalized their traditional organization so that they are able to more effectively engage with government agencies and a mining company in protest to a proposed mining exploration in their area. In March 2015, IFAGPI sought the assistance of Tebtebba to assist in the documentation of their customary governance and to map and assess their territory. This was aimed to generate evidence in their legal battle to defend their rights over their ancestral domains and will also feed into the development of their own ancestral domain development plan. Currently, the tribe has made advances in the mapping of their territory and is finalizing the assessment of the status and trends of their lands, territories and resources.


Silingang Dapit sa Sidlakang Mindanao (SILDAP)

SILDAP is a local NGO based in Davao in southern Philippines. One of the pioneering NGOs that has served the indigenous communities for the past 30 years, it has developed its expertise in developing modules that are sensitive and culturally appropriate for indigenous communities and socio-economic projects that integrates customary sustainable use. With the implementation of the Philippine Department of Education on indigenization of the curriculum (or Indigenous Peoples Education), popularly known as IPEd,[3] SILDAP started to turn over some of the indigenous  people’s primary schools that it helped organize. 

As a member of the indigenous peoples’ global partnership, SILDAP is involved in piloting IPSSDD and CBMIS in two communities in Compostela Valley. Participatory mapping and biodiversity resource inventory are being undertaken in various stages by trained community mappers composed of indigenous men, women and youth. SILDAP is also engaged in livelihood development. They have assisted communities in setting up cooperatives that are underpinned by cultural values of indigenous peoples: of honesty, fairness and equity, which make them distinct from other cooperatives. These efforts helped, to large extent, in helping indigenous communities recover from the destruction of Typhoon Pablo (internationally known as Bhopa) in 2012. They first recovered most of their farmlands. Two years ago, they started developing selected crops for the market. Further development would entail linking their traditional arts with development of handicrafts.


Ugnayang Pambansa para sa Katutubong Kaalaman at Talino (National Network of Indigenous Communities and Organizations for the Promotion of Traditional Knowledge and Wisdom – UPAKAT)

Formally organized in March 2015, this network aims to protect, promote, collectively innovate/develop and strengthened the practice of traditional knowledge and ensures its transmittal to the younger generation.  While this is on its formative stage, some members are actively planning and implementing activities in relation to the protection, innovation and transmittal of traditional knowledge. The network also endeavors to assist communities in upholding their indigenous knowledge systems and practices and to keep the members fully informed about activities and information relevant to traditional knowledge through the conduct of research and documentation, capacity building, policy advocacy, networking, and cross visit.

Tebtebba commits itself to build the capacity of the indigenous leaders and traditional knowledge holders to enable them to effectively participate and influence key national process such as those related to the Philippine Biodiversity Strategic Action Plan (PBSAP), climate change-related processes, and pending bills in the legislature of importance to indigenous peoples, among others. 


[1] Dap-ay is a political, religious and social institution and a physical structure that serves socio-religious and political function where customary laws, rules and regulations and decisions for the community emanates.

[2] Tribe is how they call their groups (as with Pidlisan) to mean “specific people with clear territory and have a customary governing system for their people and the defined territory.”

[3] “IP Education program shall refer to the program that supports education initiatives undertaken through formal, non-formal, and informal modalities with emphasis on any of, but not limited to, the key areas of: Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Practices and community history; indigenous languages; Indigenous Learning System (ILS) and community life cycle-based curriculum and assessment; educational goals, aspirations, and competencies specific to the Indigenous Cultural Community (ICC); engagement of elders and other community members in the teaching-learning process, assessment, and management of the initiative, recognition and continuing practice of the community’s ILS; and the rights and responsibilities of ICCs.”-  IRR of the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013.