The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) was severely affected by Typhoon Paeng (international name Nalgae). According to a report by ReliefWeb International, in this region alone, around 1 million people or 202,000 families were affected. 467,000 people were displaced. The death toll is 51, and 14 are missing. Within the BARMM, we’re focusing on the Teduray and Lambangian Tribes — the Non-Moro Indigenous Peoples in the region. PBCI works in partnership with the Timuay Justice and Governance (TJG) regarding the needs on the ground. We’re also charged by Bishop Efraim Tendero of WEA Manila to deliver Core Humanitarian Standard packs to 500 Teduray and Lambangian families.
The Téduray and Lambangian tribes are among the Lumad (Indigenous Peoples in Mindanao) whose ancestral domains are in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) where the Muslim population has been struggling and journeying towards genuine autonomy from the Philippine government.
Thus, the Lumad are caught in the crossfire between non-state armed groups and the government’s military and paramilitary.
Despite the violence committed against them, the Teduray and Lambangian Indigenous Peoples (IP) continue to practice their own system of governance, peacefully asserting their right to self-determination, and making a sustainable living from their sacred lands.
We, at PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI), believe that these Indigenous Peoples need more attention in terms of hearing their voices as they express their long-term aspirations and even as they express their immediate needs after a natural disaster like the recent one caused by Typhoon Paeng.
PBCI will be guided by the Timuay Labi (Presiding Chieftain) Leticio Datuwata of the Timuay Justice and Governance based in Barangay Awang, Municipality of Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao del Norte.
PBCI aims to go to one of the most difficult-to-reach IP communities among the 18,135 households presently residing in 80 barangays within 12 municipalities in mainland BARMM.