Stakeholder’s Consultation Meeting

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Koontayan ‘To Obu-Manuvu Eco-Cultural Adventure expressing the unique and genuine culture and assets of the Obu-manuvu tribe.

The “Koontayan ‘To Obu-Manuvu Eco-Cultural Adventure” is a community-based initiative of the Obu-Manuvu community in Sitio Karilongan, Brgy. Carmen, Baguio District, Davao City. It is a proposed project of the Obu Manuvu ICC in Brgy. Carmen as an alternative livelihood and part of the Community Development Plan which was created last 2012 with the facilitation of the Philippine Eagle Foundation and support  from EGIP Foundation in partnership with Obu-Manuvu Ancestral Domain Management Council, BLGU-Carmen, NCIP and the DENR. The main objective of the said initiative is to build a tourism destination in Davao City showcasing the Obu-Manuvu culture that will provide alternative livelihood to the community and able to sustain their forest protection and management project.In order to sustain the forest protection and management of their ancestral forest, other means need to be or should be put in place to compensate the environmental services that they do like the regular monthly monitoring and patrolling.

-  Datu joel Unad expresses his thoughts and  full support on the initiative.

Datu joel Unad expresses his thoughts and full support on the initiative.

For the past two months,the Obu-Manuvu community assisted by EGIP Foundation presented their initiative to different concerned agencies and project partners to earn support and possibly help them in acquiring legal actions to register the proposed project.The proposed project includes the establishment of some simple but attractive eco-friendly Obu-Manuvu structures called “Obu-Manuvu Village” at the top end of the community farms in Sitio Karilongan that will accommodate eco-culture tourists or visitors who want to spend the night and stay in the community and experience traditional and eco-friendly activities that the Obu-Manuvu community can offer. Besides the earlier mentioned nature attractions and activities, cultural activities will also be performed and native and some exotic foods of the community will be served that will attract eco-culture tourists/visitors who want a new experience and adventure in a helpful way both to the Obu-Manuvu indigenous community and to the environment.

However after some office presentations and scheduled site visits, several recommendations and suggestions from different partners and concerned agencies that are deem necessary in all aspects before the actual operation came-up . One  recommendation that usually come up is to conduct a consultation meeting with all stakeholders concerned. The objective of the said meeting is to ask consent and construct a general development plan for the whole project.

-   Retired Col. Lyndon Paniza of PSSCC expressing his thoughts regarding security issues in the area.

Retired Col. Lyndon Paniza of PSSCC expressing his thoughts regarding security issues in the area.

Last August 28, 2018, a stakeholder’s consultation meeting was held in Barangay Hall of Barangay Carmen, Baguio District, Davao City. The said meeting was spearheaded by the Obu-Manuvu community of Barangay Carmen and EGIP Foundation and participated by the representative from Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC) of Davao City, Department of Tourism (DOT) XI, City Tourism Operation’s Office (CTOO), Environment Management Bureau- DENR XI, National Commission of Indigenous People (NCIP), the Barangay Council of Brgy. Carmen, the Obu-Manuvu Tribal Council of Elders and Leaders and the Sunrise Bridge Travel, a possible travel and tour agency partner of the community.

After the Obu-Manuvu community and the EGIP Foundation presented the project description, components and plans to the partners, the Sunrise Bridge Travel (SBT) presented the trends of tourism industry. Open forum and interactive discussions on the relevant issues concerned was then followed. Issues discussed was the barangay policies and existing laws on tourism; peace and order situation of the whole area and the location of the project, environmental and management issues and lastly, the tourism and management issues.  Participants was given time to give suggestions and recommendations based on their office requirements and policies that will be included in the general management plan.

- Photo with  Davao CTOO,  DOT XI, BLGU-Carmen and SBT Agency.

Photo with Davao CTOO, DOT XI, BLGU-Carmen and SBT Agency.

Transcript of the meeting were made and best practices and lessons learned was also summarized to make a general management plan of the project. The greatest concerned of most of the participants centered on the security angle and its immediate and long-term impact on the proposed project and the tourism potential of Carmen as the center of a tourism circuit for the area.

In the end, all participants was very supportive on the proposed community-based project.

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Proposed Eco-Cultural Tourism for Obu-Manuvu Community of Carmen, Baguio District, Davao City

pic 1Eco-Cultural tourism is a new project that the Obu Manuvu community wants to venture into. Aside from the fact that it preserves vulnerable natural resources and provides economic incentives, it also preserves the genuine cultural resources of the community. Furthermore, it offers a tangible reason to preserve the ICC way of living, eating and dressing but also its believe. It allows the ICC to follow their native way of living without changing their location or adapting foreign ways of working and living. Further, the Obu Manuvu community mirrors a perfect blending of life, culture and ecology. Eco-cultural tourism is a relatively unique area in terms of both ecology and cultural diversity.

The area of the Obu-Manuvu community is characterized by an abundance of natural endowments; pristine forests with a huge diversity of flora and fauna, fast flowing streams, creeks and meandering rivers, cascading waterfalls, etc. The newly improved farm-to-market trail passes some excellent bird watching spots and outstanding viewpoints; an iron-made hanging bridge across the clear watepic 2r Panigan River and a fascinating scenery on top of community farm area in Karilongan overlooking the whole of Barangay Carmen and some part of the Davao metropolis and the Davao Gulf. One can experience the breath of fresh air and the smell of nature as well as the unique and genuine culture of Obu-Manuvu community. The existence of all these “wonders” and the potential benefits for the Obu-Manuvu community and the natural environment they protect, are the reasons why this Eco-Cultural tourism plan was made.

The plan is to establish some simple but attractive eco-friendly Obu-Manuvu structures called “Obu Manuvu Village” at the top end of the community farms in Karilongan, where besides the earlier mentioned nature attractions, cultural activities will be performed that will attract eco-tourist/visitors who want a new experience and adventure in a helpful way both to the Obu Manuvu indigenous community and to the environment.

The proposed Eco-Cultural tourism project is an initiative of Obu Manuvu community in Carmen in partnership with the Obu Manuvu Ancestral Domain Management Council, BLGU-Carmen, NCIP and the DENR as part of the 10-years Memorandum of Agreement and with support of the EGIP Foundation and some other project partners.

Serie5 28 18 (3)s of meetings and presentations were made for the whole month of June in order to acquire suggestions and recommendations and to get consent to partner agencies. Firstly, the project was presented to the Obu-Manuvu Tribal Council headed by Datu Luis Lambac and his council, Datu Joel Unad and datu George Mandahay as part of the Project Implementation Team ( PIT) Meeting. The objective of the meeting was to give an update of the on-going and future project/plans for the community. The proposed community based tourism was also introduced to the tribal council. The three (3) Datus were very thankful for the financial support of EGIP Foundation about initiative of the Obu-Manuvu community and as usual, they also gave their full support and positive thoughts on the project.

pic 3The proposed project was then presented to Department of Tourism Regional Office and City Tourism Operation’s Office last June 4 &5, 2018. These two offices hold a major role to the project with regards to giving assistance in promotion and marketing. They will also facilitate the capacity development of Tourism stakeholders and key players through the provision of appropriate capability trainings. They will also assist in setting-up of systems for the efficient implementation of the Management and Operational Plan. Also, they will be part of the monitoring and evaluation team who will assess the project, quarterly and annually. The community got positive feedbacks, their proposed eco-cultural tourism was considered unique and currently in demand type of tourism nowadays especially for international tourists. Though the main concern of both offices is the relative security condition of the site, overall, they gave their full support to the project.

To address the concern about security matters, meeting was held at Barangay hall of Carmen last June 8, 2018. It was participated by the BLGU-Carmen headed by Hon. Alfredo Austral Sr. and his council,  Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC), Baguio District Police and Philippine Army of the 3rd Infantry Battalion of Malagos District, Davao City.  They are part of the monitoring and evaluation team of the project and primarily their role is to provide safety and security to the guests/tourists. The main objective of the meeting is to establish and implement a proper channel of communication with the project management and their office especially with regards to peace and 20180608_105325-1security related matters. The meeting ended with a promising messages from 3rd IB and Baguio District PoliceOffice that they will give their full support in securing the whole area covered by the project and will be active in all activities of the proposed project.

Overall, with the support and recommendations of different partner agencies, the proposed Koontayan ‘To Obu-Manuvu Eco-Cultural Adventure was push through. The project got  The Obu-manuvu community is very excited with their new project as it will not only provide incentive to them, but for most, it preserves their genuine cultural resources. As of this writing, more or less 60% of the eco-structures were done and now in partnership with one great travel agency for promotion and marketing both in local and international tourist.

Deputation Training of Bantay Gubat of Brgy. Carmen, Baguio District, Davao City

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 Participants from BLGU-Carmen and Obu-manuvu Forest Guards, together with the EGIP foundation staffs and DENR XI representatives, flaunt their certificates after completing the 2-days Deputation Training

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources under the Biodiversity Management Bureau is the lead agency for the conservation, development and protection of wildlife resources. The Deputation of Environment and Natural Resources Officer (DENRO) is mandated under the provision particularly Section 30 of RA 9147, otherwise known as the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (Joint DENR-DA PCSD AO No. 01, 2004).

- Sir Brine Dumdum of    DENR XI shares some    surveillance techniques to forest guards.

– Sir Brine Dumdum ofDENR XI shares some surveillance techniques to forest guards.

Deputation Training is a requirement pursuant to Section 30, Rule 30.1 to be provided to selected volunteers to provide them with the basic and required knowledge and skills and subsequently the necessary authority to accomplish the task on basic and wildlife enforcement activities. It would also ensure public participation on the enforcement of existing wildlife and other related laws. The training will also clarify the different roles and responsibilities of the team on the enforcement of wildlife and environment laws.

The objective of the program was to train the selected Bantay Gubat on the basic knowledge of wildlife laws, rules and regulation, CITES provision among others, to train and orient them with the basic training in the preparations of reports, affidavits sworn statement, seizure and turn over receipt, inventory report, filing of complaint in court, inspection procedure, safety, surveillance, smuggling techniques, methods of concealments, documentation of frauds and detection of falsified or invalid documents and prosecution on wildlife cases and to train and award them the official status as Deputized Environment and Natural Resources Officer (DENRO).

- Datu Lipatuan Joel Unad inspires his co-tribe the relevance of the program

– Datu Lipatuan Joel Unad inspires his co-tribe the relevance of the program

The 2-days training last January 25-26, 2018 was attended by 43 Obu-Manuvu forest guards (bantay gubat) of Carmen led by their tribal chieftain, Datu Paulino Landim, 7 representatives from BLGU-Carmen – Brgy. Sec. Jean Delina, Mr. Joel Corrales, Mr. Nilo Empinado, Mr. Renato Rabe, Mr. Bonifacio Ruba, Mr. Richard Auxillo and Mrs. Jenilyn Verallo and facilitated by EGIP Foundation staffs: Mr. Joshua L. Donato and Ms. Kristine Nova P. Macado through DENR XI team:  Mr. Demosthenes H. Amaga, OIC Chief, Surveillance & Intelligence Section, Mrs. Josefina B. Limbaga, Mrs. Emma P. Pechon, Ms. Conteza P. Arao-Arao, Mr. Norhamen S. Abdulkadir and Mr. Brine Dumdum.

Datu Lipatuan Joel Unad, member of Obu-Manuvu Tribal Elders and Leaders was also present during the opening ceremony of the program. He gave a short message expressing his gratitude to different parties facilitating the said activity and left an inspirational message to his co-tribe about the relevance of the program.

-  Bantay bukid demonstrate how to arrest an illegal loggers

– Forest guards demonstrate how to arrest an illegal loggers

A range of teaching methodologies were employed throughout the program in order to meet its objectives. These includes presentation to explain information and ideas to deepen the understanding of the participants on Law on Forestry (PD 705), Chainsaw Act of 2002 (R.A 9175), Wildlife Resource Conservation and Protection Act ( R.A 9147), Executive No. 23, Permits and Transport Documents Familiarization, Basic Skills on Measurement and Scaling, Basic Intelligence and Surveillance technique and Procedure on Administrative Adjudication.

-  representatives from BLGU-Carmen take the post test exam for DENRO

– representatives from BLGU-Carmen take the post test exam for DENRO

Interactive discussion was done to obtain participants’ views and opinions. Group works for demonstrations and role playing on how to arrest properly the illegal activities, given different cases, were also exercised during the program. The session was highly interactive and participatory to enhance learning and strengthen partnership.

At the end of the program, a post test was given to participants not only to measure the program’s value and effectiveness, but also to determine passers to officially state as Deputy Environment and Natural Resources Officer (DENRO).

Pusaka General Meeting

Date : January 19, 2018

Location: Brgy. Tambobong , Baguio District, Davao City

Participants:

  • Lipatuan Joel Unad – representative of Obu-Manuvu Council of Elders
  • Cris Arcebal  –  CENRO and Davao City Hall representative
  • Davao City Water District representative
  • Eliazar Onse – NCIP Calinan representative
  • Baguio District Police Officers
  • Philippine Eagle Foundation staffs
  • Apo Agua Infrastractura Inc. representatives
  • Aedes foundation
  • Members from Barangay Tambobong
  • Chieftains from each community within Baguio District
  • EGIP Foundation staffs: Joshua L. Donato & Kristine Nova P. Macado

Obu-Manuvu Council of Elders representative, Lipatuan Joel Unad, initiated the said meeting mainly with a purpose of giving awareness to partnered government agency, Non-government organization and local units most especially to communities about the importance of their Ancestral Domain and on how to protect and conserve their precious forest.

Representative from each party introduced his/her organization works and objectives, as well as project updates related to the conservation of the Obu-Manuvu AD.

Question and answer session was followed. It focused mainly on the rules and regulations within the Obu-Manuvu AD. Answers and clarifications were provided by the NCIP and CENRO representatives.

 

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Project Progress – Farm to Market Access Trail Project

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EGIP Foundation is assisting the Obu-Manuvu Indigenous Community i10 5 17 (12)n Sitio Macatabo, Barangay Carmen in Davao City since 2011. The project is about protecting and rehabilitating remaining forests in their Ancestral Domain in the uplands of Davao City through capacity building and regular foot patrolling in the area. To make the forest protection sustainable in the long run, EGIP, within its capacity, is providing support for sustainable agricultural development and eco-tourism to increase community income that can make resources available for forest protection.

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Farming is the main source of income of the IP’s in Sitio Macatabo.The farms of the IP’s are about 2km from their residences and they can only go there using a rough, slippery, unpaved trail through mountainous area with steep slopes. With this, EGIP Foundation collaborated with the Schmitz-Stiftungen Foundation to improve the trail from IP community going to their farms. Schmitz Foundation is a Non-Profit Organization based in Germany who supports mainly on the following three major sectors of development work :(i) Basic education and training (principally in manual trades and job training); (ii) Securing basic living standards promoting small-scale commercial activity (examples: micro-credits schemes, inclu20171201_113429new1ding agriculture and food security); and (iii) Social and charitable projects (examples: work with the handicapped, care for the elderly, rehabilitation of street children or support for disadvantaged minorities).

The objective of the project is to have a good and improved trail that will enable farmers to easily access their farmlands and transport their farm products by concreting the existing trail. An improved farm to market trail will also facilitate eco-tourism as the trail passes a bird watching spot. A concre20171201_113350new1te foot trail of an approximately 2000 meter long, 1 meter wide and 10 cm thick is the expected output of the project.

The construction of the concrete trail was started last August 2017 and currently on going.As of now, more or less 250 meters concrete trail were done and IPs are continuously getting paid ( food for work ) to do the construction under supervision by EGIP staff.The project is expected to finish by end of April 2018.

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House Rehabilitation Project

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Obu-manuvu community in Sitio Macatabo, Barangay Carmen, Baguio District, Davao City has around thirty (30)houses with five (5) of them totally burned last October 24, 2017.

Barangay Carmen listed 5 families or 31 individuals as victims of the fire.

Victims immediately evacuated to Barangay hall as temporary shelter where they received free meals and clothes donated by other partnered NGOs.

20171122_110242The next day, they returned to community. Some victims sought temporary shelter inside the community church, while others set-up tents inside the learning center which was damaged also by the fire.

20171215_143326Three weeks after the incident, EGIP Foundation allocated funds to rehabilitate the burnt houses of the IP victims.

Construction materials were supplied last November 13, 2017.

Some victims started to re-construct their burnt houses and followed the design provided by the EGIPF staff (based on the budget).  While others, who are still waiting for the funds from their relatives, chose to use the materials given by the EGIPF as additional to their own design house.

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Fire Victim Relief Operation

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EGIP foundation extends relief goods to the fire victims at Sitio Macatabo, Brgy. Carmen, Baguio District, Davao City.

EGIP Foundation immediately turned over sacks of rice, groceries and kitchenware to the fire victims last October 27,2017.

Pastora Arlene's property

Five houses made of light materials were razed by a fire in IP village at Sitio Macatabo, Brgy. Carmen, Baguio District, Davao City l ast Oct. 24, 201&.

Datu Landim's property

Based on investigation, the firebroke out around 3:00 o’clock in the afternoon and started at the house of Arlene Onoc particularly at the second floor and rapidly engulfed the houses of her neighbors including the house of their beloved Tribal Chieftain, Datu Paulino Landim and the Community Learning Center.

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Possible cause of fire was electrical short circuit. Damage to properties was estimated at Php 250, 000.00.

 

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EGIP Foundation will also extend financial assistance to rehabilitate the burnt houses of the Obu-Manuvu.

Community Literacy and ALS Program Recognition Day

EGIP Foundation celebrated the hard work of the students and teachers who are involved in Mindanawon Literacy Pogram held at Community Learning Center, Sitio Macatabo, Barangay Carmen, Baguio District,Davao City.

Mindanawon is the implementing partner of Rotary Club of Davao and EGIP Foundation for its Literacy Program in the area. The program, which includes the Alternatve Learning System (ALS), Functional Literacy and Community Literacy, is aimed to teach indigenous children, youth and adults basic communication skills using English language and the practical applications of mathematical operations.

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– Mindanawon team giving away certificates and tokens to the graduates

 

 

Last September 8, 2017, all determined and diligent students were given a proper recognition to commemorate their hard works. Ms.Perpevina C. Tio (Mindanawon Director), Mr. Joselito Cosep Jr. (Mindanawo Officer) and Jerry May Marteja (Mindanawon Officer), Mr. Medese Canete (ALS Officer In-charge) and Kristine Macado (EGIPF Officer) were present during recognition.

 

Recognition day was not just plainly for the awarding and giving certificates to deserving students, but also a perfect day for the Obu-manuvu graduates to say “thank you” and give honor to their mentors who tirelessly gave their time and effort for the progression of the student’s academic performance.Some students gave an appreciative message while others showcased their talents such as singing and dancing to express their gratitude to their mentors.

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Preparation for the Fifth Year – Forest Protection Project

Last July 17, 2017, community gathering for the preparation of Fifth Year- Forest Protection Project was held at Purok 1, Sitio Macatabo, Barangay Carmen, Baguio District, Davao City. The meeting was mainly participated by the Obu-manuvu forest guards and their families in the community headed by Datu Paulino Landim and Bae Nilda Landim and the project implementers from EGIP Foundation – Kristine Nova P. Macado and Mary Grace Laput and Philippine Eagle Foundation – Joshua Donato and Novem Gerona Pagal.

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Sir Joshua Donato presented the two main topics of the meeting. The following were discussed thoroughly to the community:

1. Thirty (30) forest guards will be supported by EGIP Foundation and PEF for the Re-Launch of Forest Patrolling and Monitoring under the Fifth year- Forest Protection Project this coming August 2017.

PEF and EGIPF agreed to support 30 forest guards to be trained and deputized this coming August 22-23, 2017. All expenses of forest guards which includes uniforms, equipments, insurances, and food for environmental services will be supplied equally by both sides. Meeting1

2. Selection of 28 forest guards to be endorsed at Davao City Hall for their project. Davao City will subsidies forest guards – P4000/month. Prior to the endorsement is the compliance of their requirements (clearances from barangay, police, court and NBI, cedula, certificate of seminar, birth certificate, Photocopy of ID)

Questions raised were focused on the Fifth year- Forest Protection Project i.e., why only 30 forest guards and who will make the selection. Sir Joshua Donato explained that their funder has limited budget only to support 15 forest guards and as a counterpart, EGIP foundation will support 15 forest guards too, a total of 30. Selection of forest guards (for EGIPF-PEF and Davao City Hall) will be made by the community and final names will be presented next meeting.

Regarding thMeeting3e Project of Davao City Hall, forest guards would like to request financial support from EGIP Foundation for the compliance of the requirements.
Overall, the meeting ended with an excitement to resume the project particularly the Obu-Manuvus who always expressed enthusiasm in protecting their number one treasure – the Ancestral Domain.

Obu-Manuvu Macatabo Christmas Party 2016

Christmas is a season of love and giving so the EGIP Foundation in cooperation with MindanaWON celebrated Obu-Manuvu’s Christmas Party last December 18,2016.

IMG_4466Because it’s Sunday, plenty of them were able to attend the celebration.

Food were prepared through the Bayanihan of the tribe. Everyone helped in the preparation starting from cooking the food until arranging the venue.

Kids and kids at heart enjoyed playing fun games during the event. Couples had funny moments playing paper dance. IMG_3326

Talents were showcased such as singing, guitar-playing, dancing and even acting. They were four groups who participated in the talent show. A winner was declared bu everyone had a consolation price.

Then, they started exchanging gifts. How priceless their smiles are! Unwrapping and opening the presents received brought excitement to everyone.

A party won’t be complete without a feast. Salu-salo was prepared and everyone’s stomach was filled with delicious viands and fresh fruits.

The program endedIMG_3304 with a speech from the tribes’ very own leader, Datu Landim. He thanked everyone and highlighted the importance of Christmas – to spread love and care.

The celebration was indeed both meaningful and fun!