Camp Pantonial, Barangay Magnaga, Pantukan, CVP- The 46th Infantry (PEACEMAKERS) Battalion, 8th Infantry (STORMTROOPERS) Division, Philippine Army in collaboration with the Provincial Government of Compostela Valley Province, Local Government Unit of Pantukan and other stakeholders conducted three (3) days Tribal Responder Seminar on April 13 to 15, 2018 at Kingking Central Elementary School, Barangay. Kingking, Pantukan, CVP.
The “TRIBAL RESPONDER SEMINAR 2018” with the theme: PANAGHIUSANG KUSOG SA TRIBO ANG DALAN SA TUNHAY NGA KALINAW is an activity participated by one hundred twenty eight (128) Indigenous People particularly the Mansaka Tribe who are recipients of Ancestral land in Compostela Valley Province by virtue of Republic Act 8371 known as Indigenous People Right Act (IPRA) of 2008. The participants of the said Seminar came from the hinterlands of Pantukan, CVP where Community Support Program (CSP) teams were deployed.
The activity was formally opened at10:30 in the morning on April 13, 2018. It was attended by Major Cresmund M Mercado, the Battalion Executive Officer, Hon. Roberto M Yugo MPA, Municipal Mayor of Pantukan, CVP, Police Chief Inspector Clifford John C Nabor, Municipal COP, and other stakeholders. Series of lectures from different local government agencies were conducted to impart and equip the participants of the knowledge needed being a tribal responder.
During the culmination, the Provincial Governor of Compostela Valley, Hon. Jayvee Tyron L Uy, as Guest of Honor and Speaker said that “Peace and development must come from us, let us be united to achieve our dreams of having lasting peace that is essential in the pursuit of development in the Province, and that the Tribe is now ready to respond effectively to protect, preserved and managed their community. I highly appreciated this initiative and hoping it will be replicated in the entire Province of Compostela Valley, he added.”
The Indigenous People (Mansaka Tribe) are the recipient of Ancestral land in Compostela Valley Province (CVP) by virtue of Republic Act 8371 known as Indigenous People Right Act (IPRA) on 02 September 2008. The Domain covers the six (6) Municipality of the Province with total Land area of 108, 134 hectares. With these authority given to the Mansaka Tribes its include the responsibility to protect, preserved and manage the Domain and entitled to receive royalty from non IP occupants for tilling or using land and exploring minerals from the bowels of it.
The Land area is highly mountainous, steep and rolling terrain with undeveloped roads that burdened the IP’s occupants that increases poverty and poor government services. Given the situations, the communist terrorist take undue advantage to arouse, organize and mobilize the community, established militia and do revolutions against government thru armed struggled. In performance of 46IB, PHILIPPINE ARMY and in partnership of LGU Pantukan successfully addressed the issues and mitigated the influence of communist terrorist resulted to favorable environment conducive for development.
The Domain is in need of guard to protect of it. Thru resolution no.5, S-2013 “Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development and Protection Plan (ADSDPP) of the Mansaka tribe authorizing to have a guard. The Mansaka tribal leaders in collaboration with the Local Government Units of Pantukan and 46IB will conduct a three (3) days Ancestral guard seminar on 11- 13 April 2018. The purpose of this seminar is to educate, orient and instill courtesy and discipline to the guards to develop integrity and solidarity without affecting cultural integrity.