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FORCED TO FLEE BY NATURE: PERCEPTIONS AND EXPERIENCES OF DISPLACED PEOPLE IN A RURAL PHILIPPINE MUNICIPALITY
Project Director:     Alicia B. Manlagnit
Funding Agency:    International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU)-Center for Coordination of Research

This study is a multi-country research endeavor that involves five research institutions in four different countries: India, Lebanon, the Philippines, and Thailand. It aims to explore realities about internal displacement caused by different factors. The Philippine component primarily seeks to describe people’s perceptions about and experiences during displacement caused by natural disasters, most particularly mudslides in a rural municipality in Southern Philippines.  More specifically, this study has aimed to: obtain relevant information about displaced people’s perceptions on natural disaster and displacement phenomena, and describe how these perceptions shape their experiences during displacement; determine the pattern of displacement and describe its consequences, with a particular focus on the problems people experience during displacement; look into the different self-help strategies displaced people use to cope with the problems they encounter; identify structures that assist displaced people and describe the nature and process of assistance; and identify key issues and relevant concerns on the return process.

Data collected and analyzed suggest that displaced people have different perceptions about the occurrence of natural disasters and their consequences, the foremost of which is displacement.  The data gathered likewise show that perceptions have an effect on the different experiences of residents as a result of displacement. 

Key words: displaced persons, natural disasters, displacement phenomena, self-help strategies

 

LINKING KNOWLEDGE TO POLICY IN TRANSBOUNDARY WATER GOVERNANCE: A FOCUS ON RESEARCH-BASED KNOWLEDGE AND THE POLICY PROCESS
Project Director:    Antonio C. Contreras
Funding Agency:   Unit for Social and Environmental Research, Chiang Mai University, Thailand

M-POWER stands for Mekong Program on Water, Environment and Resilience. It is one of the many programs under the Challenge Program of CGIAR that focus on river basins in the world. The project’s major goal is to improve livelihood security, human and ecosystem health in the Mekong Region through democratizing water governance. The second phase of the project will focus on “Popular Media Representations of Knowledge about Water and Environment in the Mekong Sub-Region.” This has sprung from the need to tap not only scientific journals, books and technical papers to develop the knowledge base of knowledge networks, but also popular mass media (television, documentary films, magazines, newspapers). This will enable a stronger linkage between what can be considered as technical scientific knowledge on one hand, and the larger public whose greater awareness about the issues could translate into a stronger policy demand and support system on the other.

Key words: Mekong region, water governance, livelihood security, human and ecosystem health

 

PROCESS DOCUMENTATION OF THE 3D MAPPING OF THE TEDURAY-LAMBANGIAN-DULANGAN MANOBO ANCESTRAL DOMAIN CLAIM IN SITIO KIFENG-FENG SOUTH UPI, MAGUINDANAO
Project Director:          Ma. Elena Chiong-Javier
Funding Agency:        Upland NGO Assistance Committee (UNAC)

This project aimed to assist PAFID-Mindanao and the local NGO and IPO involved in the 3D Mapping activities preparatory to the Indigenous People’s Organizations’ ancestral domain claim within an ARMM (Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao) area. The 3D Mapping activities surfaced the need to understand the unique situation of IPs such as the Teduray-Lambangian-Dulangan Manobo who are found in a Muslim-governed region. Hence, the project sought to review the literature and interview selected key informants to elicit issues and problems relating to establishing an ancestral domain claim in a Muslim territory, the constraints encountered in existing government policies and programs, and the nature of the difficulties met when implementing the laws/policies in an autonomous region.

Key words: Indigenous peoples, ancestral domains, Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao



 

 

 

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