Haven for inmates, aged, children in distress in Davao City’s summer capital

Nanay Soling’s dream to take shape in Marilog

By ROGER M. BALANZA

 

Soledad “Nanay Soleng” Duterte’s social development center projects in Marilog get another boost with the indigenous people carving out about 60 hectares of ancestral domain for use by the Social Rehabilitation and Development Center-Bagong Buhay Bagong Pag-asa Project (SRDP-BBBP).

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The Davao City Council has approved a resolution authorizing City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to sign Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Manubo-Matigsalog tribe of Marilog and the National Commission for Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) over use of SRDP-BBBP of the ancestral land in Sitio Malikongkong.

The Bagong Buhay Bagong Pag-asa project was a pet project of Nanay Soleng, mother of Mayor Duterte. She proposed the concept 15 years ago of an area in Marilog District that would house a prison, children center, a home for the aged, center for mentally rehabilitated patients, facilities for livelihood training center and farming settlements for indigent urban informal dwellers.

The chairman of the Social Rehabilitation and Development Program (SRD) and chairman emeritus of the Davao City chapter of the Philippine Mental Health Association, Nanay Soleng’s vision became a reality when SRD was given right under a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to utilize about 100 hectares of public land in Malikongkong in Marilog District.

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The City Government of Davao would later adopt the project as its own social rehabilitation program through Executive Order No. 8 issued by the City Mayor.

Dubbed as the SRDP-Bagong Buhay Bagong Pag-asa Project, the Malikongkong site is proposed as site for a Reformatory for Children, Haven for the Aged, Rehabilitation Center for Mental Patients, a new prison facility for the City Jail and as barangay site for Barangay Marilog. Several facilities are already in place, but while SRD has already an MOA with DENR, the Indigenous People’s Rights Act (IPRA) however also mandates that utilization of ancestral domain lands should have a Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) from the tribal community laying claim or holding ancestral domain title over a certain ancestral land.

The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) has acknowledged right of the Manubo-Matigsalog tribe over ancestral domain lands in Marilog through its issuance to the tribal community of Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) No. R10-KIT-0703-0011.

The MOA is supported by Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) expressed in a resolution issued by the Council of Elders and Leaders of Marilog, allowing SRD-BBBP to utilize about 60 hectares of ancestral domain in Malikongkong.
Councilor Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling, chairman of the Davao City Council committee on cultural communities and Muslim affairs, said: “SRDP-BBBP needs a site for its various projects and program that includes among others sites for a new prison facility, children center, a home for the aged, center for mentally rehabilitated patients, facilities for livelihood training center and farming settlements for indigent urban informal dwellers.”

He said the 60-hectare site belongs to the Indigenous Cultural Communities of Marilog District and a portion of ancestral domain covered by Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) No. R10-KIT-0703-0011 issued by the NCIP to the Manubo-Matigsalog tribe of Marilog District.

                    

           

One thought on “Haven for inmates, aged, children in distress in Davao City’s summer capital

  1. With all the good intention of the SRDP-BBBP (to provide a home for abandoned and street children, a haven for the elderly and mentally recovered patients; and extension of the City jail), however we are concerned of the impact this would have to the Matigsalug people particularly the village of Malikongkong. I am sad for them.

    I am uneasy that part of the MOA for this Social Rehabilitation Program is to “house” the 31 families who donated the land into a 4.5 hectare ‘tribal village’ which in effect is very similar to North American ‘indian’ reservations. Malikongkong, the village which will be directly affected by this project is comprised of more than 100 families. Moving the 31 families in a separate village provided with houses and electricity and water supply would cause division in the community – between clans and families. This seemed to be inconsistent to the governments’ “recognition and respect to the rights and communal interest as well as the customs and practices of the IPs in their ancestral domain.” Besides, why create another tribal village when the village of Malikongkong has been in existence since time immemorial?

    Efforts to put indigenous people on reservations failed miserably. We have seen this in North America, Australia, and Central America and other countries. The people’s dependency on the aid of the government led to their destruction; their loss of land, dignity, honor and identity led to many social ills plaguing Indian reservations in North America and the Australia aborigines today. Substance abuse, crime and alcoholism have been widespread. Many of their people were imprisoned for various offenses. The alarming suicide rates among young people in these reservations have been traced to the loss of dignity and identity of these once free people.

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