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).
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.