Lumads’ voices sought in managing Davao City’s watershed

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 September) — The city government here is convening around 140 tribal leaders from its five major indigenous groups to draw out issues, concerns and their support for environmental protection, Councilor Leo Avila, chair of the City Council’s Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, said.

Avila said there is a need to meet with them and discuss their important role in watershed management.

Avila said they will to listen to the Lumads’ issues and concerns especially since there is a growing perception that they have become victims of parties who exploit Davao’s forest resources.

He said Davao City has listed several cases of violation of forest laws involving indigenous peoples who were lured to resort to illegal acts because of economic difficulties. Read story here.

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