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freedom to assert cultural identity and the opportunity to pursue economic and politicalempowerment.
Using the Participatory Action Research, the main subject of this paper is to documentthe claim of the Botolan Aetas in their ancestral domain and the process of securing their Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) and its important implications on their welfareand development. The effort to cover and document the existing Indigenous Knowledge System
A meeting to trace the boundary of Aeta villages coveredwith lahar as prerequisite for the granting of Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT).
(IKSP) pertaining to their food system will be done , including the assessment of thegovernment’s implementation with regard to policies on IKSP and food security. Withthis humble contribution, this paper intendsto advance the Aetas’ demand for their CADT. At this point, the primacy of thisclamor is to gain actual title to strengthentheir ownership of their ancestral land andadvance their food security.The paper is outlined as follows. TheAetas’ socio-cultural profile and their experience during the Mount Pinatuboeruption serve as a preliminary part. It contextualizes the discussion within the Aetas’ indigenousworld—their environment, culture, society, religion, etc.—and their traumatic experience duringthe Mount Pinatubo eruption. From here, the emergent need and condition of the Aetas were presented. Part Three particularly deals with their ancestral claim and the available methods of action the Aetas can take to assert their right over it. Part Four then tackles the welfare concernof the Aetas.
The IKSP's of the Aetas have already treaded quite a long history. There are many butonly a few have been recorded. However, the people keep a huge stock of information,knowledge and stories handed down through generations through oral traditional and continuing practices. The methods used for this study entailed discussions with the individuals familiar withtheir indigenous practices.1.
Key Informant Interviews – several individuals from concerned agencies andorganizations were interviewed for this case study: (1) Mayor Roger Yap – MunicipalMayor of Botolan, Zambales, (2) PENRO Cesar Estrada – Head of the ProvincialEnvironment and Resource Office in Zambales, (3) Ms. Myrna Encinares – Officer-in-Charge of the National Commission for Indigenous People in Zambales, (4) Mr. AlcadeFallurin – Coordinator in a mining company in Zambales, (5) Mr. Carlito Dumulot – Tribal Chieftain at LAKAS Community in Bihawo, Villar, Botolan, Zambales, (6) AlCarillo – Area Coordinator of the Project Development Institute at Zambales