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Guidelines for research and visits to Mangyan communities
These guidelines were approved by leaders from the seven Mangyan groups in Oriental Mindoro through the Kapulungan Para sa Lupaing Ninuno (KPLN) – the Federation of the Peoples Organizations in Oriental Mindoro – in March 2006.
The KPLN discourages visitors and researchers going to Mangyan communities that do not abide by these and other guidelines of the groups in Oriental Mindoro. (The eighth Mangyan group – Ratagnon – is in Occidental Mindoro.)
The Mangyans uphold their intellectual property rights under the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) of 1997 and existing and generally accepted international conventions on intellectual and genetic property rights of indigenous peoples.
Visiting and conducting research in any Mangyan community requires the explicit consent of the community. Walk-in visits are strongly discouraged.
Note: The Mangyan Heritage Center (MHC) welcomes researchers and visitors to its library/archive, which contains a comprehensive collection of documents on the Mangyans.
On this page:
Researchers and proposed visitors must outline their request in a letter addressed to the president or chairman of the people's organization (PO) of the relevant group (see below). The signature of the sender is required, thus email is not acceptable.
The letter should clearly state the:
- objectives of the research/visit
- number of participants
- inclusive dates and length of visit
- complete address of the sender and contact information, including e-mail address
- possible benefits the research would bring to the community (for researchers).
The letter must be written in Tagalog/Filipino – translation from English to Tagalog can be provided by the MHC.
The request must be followed up two weeks after the letter was sent by postal mail. This may be done by calling the contact organization to which the letter was sent, or emailing the MHC.
Receipt of the request will be acknowledged. Follow up on the response of the community will be at least a further two weeks from date of acknowledged receipt of the letter.
If a request is rejected, the reason will be disclosed. This may be due to:
- security issues
- research topic unacceptable to the tribe
- conflict of schedules.
If a request is approved, the following conditions must be observed:
Researchers and visitors are expected to be culturally sensitive and undertake an orientation given by the MHC, MM or the KPLN staff in Calapan before going to the community.
Taking of photos and videos is subject to the approval of the community leader.
The different Mangyan groups have different cultural practices and beliefs. Upon arrival, visitors will be briefed by the leader on the aspects of their culture that can be documented and those that cannot, the sites that can be visited and those that are not open to outsiders and other important information.
Researchers are required to give the community an original copy of their study upon completion (whether hard copy, including photos, audio or video).
Neither the community nor the Mangyan leaders will be liable for any untoward incidents that may happen during the research/visit.
The MHC, KPLN, MM and POs are not liable for any untoward incident that may happen upon your entry into the community. It is reiterated that such incident is beyond our control.
Researchers and visitors will undergo post-visit processing facilitated by MM field staff or the KPLN/PO.
If a research study will be published, it must be validated and approved (following IPRA provisions) by the Mangyan group/s it covers prior to publication. If the published material becomes commercially successful, applicable laws for payment of royalties to the relevant Mangyan group/s will apply. Please contact us for further information.
Mr. Segundo Kalignayan
Samahan ng mga Nagkakaisang Mangyan Alangan, Inc. (SANAMA)
Paitan Naujan, Oriental Mindoro
Mr. Yawin-ay Giayan
Nagkasadian Uyugan Bangon (NUB)
Naswak, Lisap, Bongabong, Oriental Mindoro
Mr. Yaum Sumbad
Sadik Habanan Buhid (SHB)
Mr. Aniw Lubag
Pinagkausahan Hanunuo sa Daga Ginurang (PHADAG)
Banti, San Roque, Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro
Mr. Abel Lumantayan
Mal-anggatan Iraya Paranawan Kakuyayan (MIPK)
Taisan, San Teodoro, Oriental Mindoro
Kapyan Agpaysarigan Tadyawan, Inc. (KAMTI)
Zone II, Poblacion, Socorro, Oriental Mindoro
Mabayan Tarabangan Fagayo Tau-buid Mangyan (MTFTM)
Safa, Sabang, Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro
Most offices of the peoples organizations are located in areas inaccessible by postal mail.
Letters may be sent through one of the following contacts:
- Coordinator of the Kapulungan Para sa Lupaing Ninuno (KPLN):
Kapulungan Para sa Lupaing Ninuno (KPLN)
Green Valley Subdivision
Lalud, 5200 Calapan City
Phone: +63 43 286-8005
- Executive Director of the Mangyan Mission:
Fr. Ewald Dinter, SVD
Bishop Finnemann Center, Calero
5200 Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro
Phone: +63 43 288-3048
Fax: +63 43 441-0565
- Executive Director of the Mangyan Heritage Center: contact details.