We are an actual working and complete team comprised of experts in forestry, wildlife, agriculture, livestock, food technology, field research and development, values formation, community relations, finance and administration, transportation, marketing and advocacy communications, in cooperation with tribal leaders and the local indigenous people.
We partner with enlightened private corporations that adopt communities to assist them with the IP community’s Family Food Security and with the production of Sustainable Disposable Income Generating Crops while reforesting cogonal and denuded areas to protect the remaining primary forests in the Philippines.
Play the video and learn how to pronounce Hineleban.
Hineleban means the spirit of the gathering and giving Mother Tree of the rainforest that sustains the cycle of all life”. It is symbolized by an abundant Bagamumu (ficus) tree in the midst of the rainforest, swarming with bees gathering nectar.
In the Talaandig-Higaunen language, it is a sacred word (hieros logos; pamalihi ha lalang) that stands for the highest mystical Spirit-Tagulambung of Service-Leadership in the Talaandig-Higaunen Tribal tradition. It comes from the root-word “heleb” which means “the virtue to gather others towards oneself”. A servant-leader who is infused by the Spirit of Hineleban is the center of unity and peaceful convergence of communities and peoples.
The Foundation was given exclusive permission to adopt the name by the Provincial Consultative Body of the Indigenous People of Bukidnon and by PASAGI (Council of Elders) representing the Seven Tribes of Bukidnon – a permission bestowed based on the sacred Five Pillars of Kinship.
We are a God-centered organization, united as one family with our diverse cultural communities. We share God’s values of Love, Compassion, Truthfulness, Trustworthiness, and Perseverance.
Core Values and Mission
We are stewards of God and His creation. We aspire to restore the high mountain forests of Mindanao, from where the rainfall sweeps down the plains through the months of the year and pure water in rivers flow in abundance.
We engage our high mountain forest communities and provide them sustainable livelihoods, thereby reviving the role of Indigenous People as Custodians of the Forests.
In so doing, we build bridges of peace and provide beacons of hope to those who have the least on the island of Mindanao, in a partnership of equals, respecting the dignity of the unique culture of the Indigenous People.
Board of Directors
- Chair Emeritus & CEO
John Paul Cadiz Perrine
- Co-Chair Emeritus
Datu Victorino Migketay Saway
Paul Xavier Perrine
- President / Senior Head External Relations
- Head of IP Affairs
Atty. Burt M. Estrada
- Head of IP Affairs Coordinator
- Head of External Relations
Neil Konrad Binayao III
- Head of Biodiversity and Environment
- Head of Agricultural Livelihood
Nehru Gregorio Abejuela
- Head of New Product Development
Renee Yvonne Perrine
- Permanent Donors
Alberto Paterno Bacani
What we do
We Partner with High Mountain Forest Communities to Fulfill Our Advocacy
Our programs enable the Indigenous People to fulfill their primary role as Custodians of the Rainforest.