The indigenous Pulangiyen community in Bendum, Mindanao, practices agroforestry and assists in the natural regeneration of forests along the Pantadon Range. The youth in Bendum do their part by removing external pressures e.g. weeds and biotic interference, applying controlled disturbances to trigger germination of native species and preparing the germination site.
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Peter Walpole and his team’s engagement with the Pulangiyen community in Bendum is one of accompanying the people in finding ways to live sustainably. Since 1992, initiatives were undertaken to address the different community concerns: land security, livelihood, health, education, resource management, and peace. The engagement is characterized by a deep respect for the people’s culture and identity, and the various initiatives are founded on the basis of culture.