John Gitau of GLTN with the PTTA community of Pangantucan and the XSF staff
Xavier Science Foundation Inc. works with Indigenous Peoples communities for forest protection and rehabilitation in their ancestral domains in the province of Bukindnon in the island of Mindanao, Philippines. For the past four years working with these communities, XSF has learned that land tenure security is an essential element for the success of projects such as the Payment for Ecosystem Services.
XSF has recently been offered to partner with the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) through the Asian NGO Coalition for Agrarian Reform and Rural Development. GLTN is an alliance of international partners contributing to poverty alleviation through increased access to land and tenure security for all. It will be involved in two of XSF’s project areas- the municipalities of Pangantucan and Talakag.
Engr. Atienza and Mr. Gitau during the orientation meeting; “To the frontiers”, the GLTN-XSF team head to the IP communities despite of road challenges
GLTN staff, John Gitau visited Cagayan de Oro City on May 20 and met with the XSF staff for an orientation about the project. He and the XSF team then proceeded to the ancestral domains of the Nagkahiusang Manobong Manununod sa Yutang Kabilin, Portulin Talaandig Tribal Association and Miarayon Lapok Lirongan Tinaytayan Talaandig Tribal Association IP organizations.
The XSF team is composed by Ms. Thieza Verdijo, Engr. Joshua Atienza and Marlon Elarmo.
More photos with the PTTA and NAMAMAYUK IP communities.