Agroforestry is a new term learned by 24 Teduray youth who recently took part in a Bentela daw Sayuda activity, a Pulangiyen cultural mechanism of visiting (bentela) and sharing (sayuda) under ESSC’s Bridging Leadership in Mindanao project. The Teduray youth participants who joined the visit shared their problems in upland farming, such as pest control and management and the limited funds to purchase fertilizer and pesticides, and soil erosion and landslide occurrences in their areas.
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The youth are encouraged to bring forth their knowledge and learnings into their own personal vision and mission in life thus, having the confidence and skills that would help sustain their own families as well as to the broader community in Upper Pulangi.
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.
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.