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A member of the Mansaka tribe receives his Certificate of Completion of the TESDA skills training on Masonry and Carpentry – a significant part of the King-king project’s social development programs to capacitate members of its tribal communities.

Pantukan, Compostela Valley / November 2016 – Testament to its solidarity with the Indigenous Cultural Communities (ICCs) in Pantukan, Compostela Valley Province, proponents of the King-king Mining Project (KMP) joined the Mansakas and Kagans in celebrating their third Pagsawitan – a yearly festival gathering tribal communities to share in both their bounties and responsibilities for the future. For the third consecutive year, the King-king project proponents supported the event, which coincides with the municipality’s commemoration of Indigenous Peoples (IP) Day last 11 November 2016.

This year’s observance is aptly themed “Mapadayunong Panaghiusa, Serbisyo sa Katawhan Gabayan sa Kauswagan” (Continued Unity, Service to the People: Manifestations of Progress). In light of recent developments, the theme further underscores the tribes’ social and economic advancement brought forth by the mining project.

The IP Day celebration is among the activities of Pantukan’s 79th Founding Anniversary – the umbrella event that includes the 14th PASAKA festival, which aims to further unify the indigenous communities and highlight their rich cultural heritage.

Moving IPs forward

Hundreds of lumads from different tribal communities participated in the one-day event, which kicked-off with a parade and was succeeded by a formal program, competitions and the staging of various cultural presentations.

The program likewise recognized the 29 IP graduates of the 15-day Carpentry and Masonry Training conducted by the country’s Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). As a significant part of the King-king project’s social development programs to capacitate members of its tribal communities, project proponents expect the trainees to receive their national certificates (NCII) upon the formal assessment of the agency; thus, expanding their employment and livelihood opportunities.

KMP also provided free medical consultations and medicines to hundreds of lumads during the celebration.  The initiative is one of several medical outreach programs that already benefitted thousands of Pantukan residents.

The King-king Mining Project will support the plan of the IP Council to establish a "school of living tradition" to keep and preserve their tradition and culture. This is in line with the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) of 1997 (RA 8371) that protects and respects our indigenous peoples, stressed Community Development Manager Jonathan A. Banez to the Mansakas and Kagans.

Partnership for development

KMP earlier turned over Php200,000 to the Pantukan Federation of the Mansaka Tribal Council, Inc. (PFMTCI), following its commitments under a memorandum of agreement (MOA) inked between the tribal communities of Pantukan, Nationwide Development Corporation (NADECOR) and the National Commission of Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).

We are happy for this support extended to us by the King-king Mining Project for our IP day this year. This is what the project promised in our MOA. This is a big help for us to have a successful celebration, expressed Pantukan Indigenous People’s Mandatory Representative Matikadong Danilo Sugpatan on behalf of his fellow lumads in the province.

Barangay Napnapan tribal chieftain, Lito Malinab, also expressed his appreciation to King-king for being true to its declaration of commitment to the IPs of Pantukan. For the past years, Pantukan’s indigenous communities received aid that continues to help them realize the fruition of their Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development and Protection Plan (ADSDPP). This includes the construction of tribal halls, trainings, equipment for livelihood, medical outreach programs, and the recognition and promotion of their cultural heritage.

NADECOR holds the Mineral Production Sharing Agreement pertaining to the King-king Mining Project. It has partnered with St. Augustine Gold and Copper, Ltd. for the implementation of the project and which is responsible for its overall development and operation.

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Hundreds came to witness the IP Day Program at the Pantukan Municipal Gym. King-king supported the event for the third consecutive year.

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Lumads await their turn during the IP Day free medical consultation provided by Kingking Mining. The initiative is one of several medical outreach programs that already benefitted thousands of Pantukan residents.