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Surigao Sur's 8 IP Communities Sign MOA with NCIP and Project Caraga
for Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development and Protection Plan Formulation and Enhancement

IP Communities Sign MOA with NCIP and Project Caraga
IP Communities Sign MOA with NCIP and Project Caraga
IP Communities Sign MOA with NCIP and Project Caraga

Caraga, Philippines – In a significant milestone for sustainable development in Surigao Del Sur, Project Caraga joined forces with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples Region 13 (NCIP Caraga) for the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement on January 15, 2024, at the Goldbar Hotel & Restaurant in Tandag City, Surigao Del Sur.

The MOA, signed by Indigenous Peoples (IP) leaders, NCIP Caraga Regional Director Ordonio Rocero Jr., and Project Caraga Deputy Country Director Jimbo Sanchez, marks the beginning of a collaborative effort involving these Indigenous Peoples Communities. The initiative focuses on the formulation and enhancement of Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development and Protection Plans (ADSDPP).

This groundbreaking partnership emphasizes Project Caraga’s commitment to empowering local communities and preserving cultural heritage of cultural communities with Certificate of Ancestral Domain Titles (CADTs). The collaboration aims to create a blueprint for sustainable growth while respecting and safeguarding the cultural identity of the indigenous communities in Surigao Del Sur. Project Caraga’s role are to provide technical and financial assistance during the formulation process.

The CADTs participating in this milestone Include – CADT 002 (Lanuza, Pakuan, and Cortes) CADT 114 (Lanuza, Cortes, and Tandag), CADT 115 (Carmen, Cortes, and Lanuza), CADT 116 (San Miguel), CADT 153 (Cagwait, Marihatag, Bayabas, Tubo-tubo, and Surigao) CADT 210 (Lingig, Rajah, Cabungsuan, and Bogac), CADT 238 (Carrascal, Cantilan, Madrid, and Carmen), and CADT 239 (Bislig and Boboran).

The addition of these cultural communities expands the reach of the project to a total of 17 CADTs spanning three provinces namely, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur.

CADT 256 in the Municipality of Remedios T. Romualdez, Agusan del Norte is the first ancestral domain assisted by Project Caraga together with experts from ClearWind PTE Ltd of Singapore and RECOFTC based in Thailand as additional technical consultants. Currently, CADT 254 of Sison, Surigao del Norte and CADT 134 of Jabonga, Agusan del Norte are being assisted in the ADSDPP Formulation and Enhancement. Other CADTs are now being prepared for the activity and are slated to commence in the coming weeks.

The joint efforts between Project Caraga, NCIP Caraga, and the CADTs in Caraga reflect a shared dedication to fostering harmony between progress and cultural preservation. As the collaboration progresses, Project Caraga remains at the forefront of positive change, steering towards a future guided by respect for ancestral lands and sustainable practices.

Project Caraga Is a nature-based solutions company headquartered In Butuan City that serves as the implementing arm of ClearWind Pte Ltd of Singapore with a current workforce of over 100 personnel.

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IP Communities Sign MOA with NCIP and Project Caraga