Deforested Ancestral Lands of the Indigenous People
Decades of logging and slash-and-burn practices have caused cogon grass (Imperata cyclindrica) to take over the land in Bukidnon. The roots of this highly acidic grass can strangle seedlings planted in its path.
Restoring the Soil and Starting the Partnership
Before any tree is planted, the land is cleared of weeds, particularly cogon and talahib, as these aggressive grasses can deprive newly planted trees of sunlight, nutrients, and space to grow. Calliandra is planted in cogonal areas as a fast growing tree species to conquer the acidic grass and fertilise the soil. Meanwhile, the Hineleban Foundation and the community work together on the following:
- Respecting the signed Sacred Customary Compact
- Working with the values upheld by the 5 Pillars of the Indigenous People
- Participatory Community Impact Assessment (PCIA)
- Securing the tribe’s Free and Prior Informed Consent (FPIC)
- Participating in Rituals of the Indigenous People
Family Food Sufficiency Program
Indigenous communities work on their land to grow food for the tribe. In a tradition called “hunglus”, one family is directed by the datu (chieftain) to grow food sustainably, with the help of neighbors as a form of apprenticeship. Once the family becomes self-sufficient, other families follow. A 3,700 sqm farm plot can feed a family of 10 for a whole year, with full nutritional requirements coming from native crops such as adlai. Livestock such as chickens, pigs, goats, and tilapia fish are grown as well.
The calliandra grow rapidly to a certain height, shading and suppressing the growth of cogon and talahib, thus giving newly planted trees a better environment to grow and survive.
Sustainable Disposable Income
Indigenous farmers use their land and labor as their capital into the venture and are calculated in profit sharing of the added value product sold to the market.
Transformational Business Partnership
Under Hineleban Foundation’s Transformational Business Partnerships, a partner corporation takes charge of providing production and harvest technology.
Adopt a Community
You and your company can adopt a community and guide it towards self-sufficiency through our Transformative Business Partnerships.