After the massive clearing of forests in Mindanao to be exported timber , ancestral mode of life was lost based on hunting- collection and slash and burn.
Deprived of the jungle, Matig Salug indigenous Manobo face a very difficult situation: how to survive in the little territory to be respected as ancestral domain, are now left with the need to learn another form of subsistence and seek to preserve their territories and live in them.
From 2002, working with Salug Matig in the mountains of Bukidnon, Mindanao, has focused on subsistence and food sovereignty. Together with crop diversification, constant analysis of the situation has led Manobo start drinking fountains, training in raising goats, pigs, tilapia, Carabao plowing, containment technology hillside, composting. Coffee was introduced, banana, pineapple. We have increased relplantación abaca and Gimielina, species originating. Building drying of maize and cassava ensures certain income after selling in the market. The construction of the school and classes with native teachers has already achieved stability. Access to essential health services has improved . For this we have collaborated with numerous local institutions, both government and NGOs. The network of local partnerships is now broad and solid (*). The greater involvement of the Manobo to extend the project to neighboring valleys, has led them to form SOLEDKI, an indigenous NGO (People´s Organization), from which they are now present in the health committees, poverty, Education, and get seeds and seedlings Department of Agriculture (THE) or the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources(DENR). Our facilitation work has extended to the resources available in these areas and gradually SOLEDKI has more partners.
The increasing presence in these organisms also assumed greater prominence of the Manobo in defense of their territory Pressure multinational agricultural and mining companies seeking to occupy its territory.