The Pulangiyen community in Bendum is sustaining its forests back through a mixture of activities that relate to their basic needs for water and for livelihood. There are around 12 hectares under various forms of utilization that assist natural regeneration. The approach may not be comprehensive and can be viewed as patchy, as there are different reasons for different areas of regeneration. What is of critical significance is that the awareness of assisting regeneration is highly linked to the value the community puts to strengthening their culture.
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The experience of Apu Palamguwan Center (APC) to sustain education as an indigenous community is important in strengthening the understanding of and opportunities for Education for Sustainable Development. The community seeks to ecologically manage their resources in ways that allow for cultural and economic development.
Bentela daw Sayuda is the Pulangiyen value of visiting and sharing information; it is part of the Bridging Leadership in Mindanao (BLM) project of ESSC. BLM is an engagement with the youth of Mindanao, especially young adults in Indigenous People communities that aims to help in the stability and sustainability of Mindanao youth’s culture, the environment and their resources.
A group of professionals from Australia recently visited Bendum, exploring ways of assisting and supporting the emergence of Bendum as a center for ecology. Julie Edwards, CEO of Jesuit Social Services in Australia, with Clinton Murray and Nelson Riofrio, pro bono architects, and Miles Murray, a Year 10 Student from Xavier College, were in Bendum for five days.