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Book documenting Manobo IKSP and their contribution to biodiversity conservation in the Agusan Marsh Launched

It was an emotional moment among the Indigenous People (IP) researchers as their book entitled Sugilon sa mga Kahibalo, Gawi ug Binuhatan sa Manobo sa Kadanawan sa Agusan nga Nalambigit sa Kinaiyahan or Indigenous Knowledge, Systems and Practices (IKSP) of the Manobos in Agusan Marsh was formally launched on November 15, 2016 at the Patin-ay Training Center in Agusan del Sur.

The IKSP Book is a product of a three-year collaboration among  5 IP Communities, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), , with support from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH through the Conflict Sensitive Resource and Asset Management (COSERAM) Program.

IP researcher Ms. Marilyn T. Trasmil of Loreto, Agusan del Sur said that it was a dream come true for them to finally have a printed documentation of their IKSP, “I am excited to go back to our community and show them this book which would serve as our legacy to the youth.”

Turning over of the IKSP Book from COSERAM personnel to the respective tribal leaders.  Photo by: Merle Dawn Comidoy of GIZ-COSERAM

Turning over of the IKSP Book from COSERAM personnel to the respective tribal leaders. Photo by: Merle Dawn Comidoy of GIZ-COSERAM

Reflecting on the research process, Melba Cornelio from Rosario, Agusan del Sur explained that it was an eye-opener when she found out that some flora and fauna that used to grow in Agusan Marsh, has already vanished.

“If we had not conducted this research, we would have never known that various IP practices are already gone and that the environment that we are living in is now slowly being damaged. This book will serve as a reminder to all of us, of the beautiful practices that we have as a tribe,” Cornelio added.

Zaldy P. Barcelete, of Poblacion La Paz, Ausan del Sur meanwhile cited the importance of research in protecting the environment, “Through research, we found out that since time immemorial, our ancestors have long been protecting the environment. Although some of these practices are now gone, we learned valuable lessons that we are now adopting, such as going back to traditional fishing methods instead of illegal fishing.”

 IP Researcher reading for the first time the newly published IKSP Book.  Photo by Merle Dawn S. Comidoy of GIZ-COSERAM

IP Researcher reading for the first time the newly published IKSP Book. Photo by Merle Dawn S. Comidoy of GIZ-COSERAM

The IKSP Book of the Manobos in Agusan Marsh is the first of its kind in the country and the right of the Manobos to protect their intellectual property needs to be respected. In order to do so, it was agreed that the IKSP Book should be first registered with the support of NCIP and only distributed to institutions which are included in a list attached to the resolution of consent.

This book is the first important step in recognizing and promoting  the contribution of IKSP to biodiversity conservation- a topic which is increasingly gaining relevance in the Philippines and internationally.

The IP researchers or authors of the book are:

Antonio A. Alcomperada of San Marcos, Bunawan, Agusan Del Sur

Maribeth G. Amado of La Flora, Talacogon

Zaldy P. Barcelete of Poblacion, La Paz, Ag Sur

Nilda O. Bello of Loreto, Agusan del Sur

Siegfred L. Corvera of Bunawan, Agusan del Sur

Ma. Lyni Reyes Cullantes of Loreto, Agusan del Sur

Xyrix Anthony S. Mendez of La Paz, Agusan del Sur

Marsolito Mercado Perez of Talacogon, Agusan del Sur

Helen G. Mendez of Talacogon, Agusan del Sur

Isidro P. Mendez Sr. of Talacogon, Agusan del Sur.

Vivian D. Montes of Bunawan, Agusan de Sur

Rodolfo A. Montes of Bunawan, Agusan del Sur

Duke Kelvin T. Pedro of Loreto, Agusan del Sur

Vlademir K. Pendon of La Paz, Agusan del Sur

Abelardo P. Rodrigo of Rosario, Agusan del Sur

Delia L. Santing of Talacogon, Agusan del Sur

Juvy S. Tagaroma of Loreto, Agusan del Sur

Marilyn T. Trasmil of Poblacion, Loreto, Agusan del Sur

Melba P Cornelio of Novele, Rosario, Agusan del Sur

Virgilio R. Cagumay of Novele, Rosario, Agusan del Sur

Venancio O. Numeron Jr. of Novele, Rosario, Agusan del Sur

Julieto C. Rendon of Novele, Rosario, Agusan del Sur

 

 
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