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Such support services, which includes infrastructure, health and educational

services, training, credit facilities, community production and marketing facilities,
organizational support services and the like, shall be identified by the ICCs/IPs
themselves through traditional and customary consultative processes facilitated by
the community-recognized POs and/or Council of Elders.
subjected to the community’s review and validation were the tribe’s ancestral domain profile;
indigenous knowledge systems and practices; development framework and programs on
agriculture, environment, water and forest conservation planning, infrastructure, social, and
governance; and ancestral domain policies and management mechanisms.
The validation that gathered more than a hundred participants, including barangay leaders
and elders, representatives from the local government and local organizations, and other
stakeholders, is just a few tread away from ADSDPP formulation.
Recognizing the importance of the ADSDPP in strengthening self-governance and self-determination
of the Maeng tribe, ABC president and incoming vice mayor Johnny T. Gattud urged “newly elected
local officials to adopt and implement the plan”, which embodies the tribe’s aspirations and
recognizes the threatened indigenous knowledge systems and practices of indigenous
communities. This plan can be “a basis of the local government in crafting solutions to conservation
problems,” added IP facilitator Francisco Cayasen.
The Bukidnon-Higaonon tribe presented to the public their 2012-2016 Ancestral Domain Sustainable
Development and Protection Plan (ADSDPP) last October 30, 2012 at the Freedom Park in
Malaybalay City.
The Bukidnon-Higaonon Tribal Association, Inc. (BUHITA) is the indigenous people’s organization
that oversees the tribe’s ancestral area consisting of 20 gaops (clan claims). Their territory covers
more than one third of Malaybalay, with 12 barangays in Malaybalay and 2 barangays in
Cabanglasan. Their traditional practices have protected and conserved a primary forest of 12,513

677 hectares providing potable water and irrigation sources for Malaybalay residents and neighboring areas .hectares and secondary growth forest of 7.