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The Road to Bendum

Roger D. Stone

in Tropical Forests and the Human Spirit

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780520217997
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936072 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520217997.003.0004
The Road to Bendum

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This chapter focuses on the Lumads of Bendum village, situated in the Mindano Island of the Philippines. Extensive logging activity, along with the land-tenure policies of past governments, encouraged migration and pushed back tribes such as the Lumads into more remote areas. The area around Bendum is also home to the New Peoples' Army insurrectionists, as a result of which the Philippine army also favors better roads to the area. Apart from these, the proposal for two hydropower dams and an integrated development project for the area, approved by the Asian Development Bank, have resulted in increased competition for resources between the Lumads and migrants. The countercampaign launched by the Lumads for the restoration of their tribal rights over the forests finally succeeded in 1998, which also helped in developing a better social infrastructure for themselves.

Keywords: Lumads; logging; tribal rights; forest dwellers; land-tenure policies

Chapter.  6921 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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