EU-supported project to protect thousands of Mindanao IPs

Mar. 09, 2015

A three-year project supported by the European Union aims to promote the Mindanao indigenous communities.

The Rural Missionaries of the Philippines-Northern Mindanao Sub-Region (RMP-NMR) will launch the project dubbed  “Healing the Hurt Project” on Tuesday (March 10) at the center of Barangay Balit, San Luis, Agusan del Sur.

The project has a grant of €623,766.65 (around PhP31M). About 17,000 indigenous peoples (IPs) or Lumads from 43 communities in the provinces of Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur stand to benefit from the project.

RMP-NMR head Sr. Ma. Famita Somogod, MSM, said the project will contribute to the protection and strengthening of indigenous peoples’ traditional structures and community-based organizations. “These organizations are at the forefront of the IP’s fight for access to ancestral domain and resources,” Somogod said.

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