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From Adelina Tancioco

THE LUMAD ARE THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES “Lumad” means “native of the land” in Cebuano. It is a collective identity term used to describe the 18 ethnolinguistic tribes of Mindanao, including the Ata,

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THE LUMAD ARE THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES

“Lumad” means “native of the land” in Cebuano. It is a collective identity term used to describe the 18 ethnolinguistic tribes of Mindanao, including the Ata, Bagobo/ Ubo, Banwaon, Blaan, Kalagan, Kaulo, Dibabawon, Gigagnon, Mamanwa, Mandaya, Mangguguwangan, Manobo, Mansaka, Matigsalog, Subanen, Talaandig, Tiboli and Tiruray.

500+ Lumad people living in sanctuary at UCCP Haran evacuation have not received one sentimo of government aid since Mayor Sara Duterte publicly stated her opposition to the president's proclamation that . Instead she proposed that they  return to their province, their ancestral lands, where they have been forcibly evacuated due to militarization and landgrabbing and have been given multiple death threats by paramilitary if they were to return. Also, families of students who attend our Lumad schools have been denied relief, even before COVID, and have had social services denied for "attending rebel schools" that focus on sustainable agriculture, holistic community health/medicine, and culturally relevant academic curriculum.

Break down of how $5,000 will be used:

$1000 will support (1) generator for the evacuation center or schools

$2000 will buy garden tools, seeds, materials for the community of (540) in evacuation to support their sustainable agriculture rehabilitation efforts

$440 will support the repairs of one of two buses at a Lumad school used to transport college scholars from their boarding to the nearby college. 

$1,560 will help create a Lumad women's health fund: Whenever a Lumad woman, child, or infant is in need of urgent medical attention, the health fund covers their immediate needs. The health fund will resource Lumad women in disaster and conflict situations including our Sabokahan Lumad women in evacuation: pregnant, elderly, teenagers and children. It will provide comprehensive health services for undernourished, respiratory, reproductive, and other needs.

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