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    The number of the Philippines’ indigenous peoples remains unknown, but it estimated to be between 10 per cent and 20 per cent of the 102.9 million national population. The Philippines has adopted the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Yet, indigenous peoples in the Philippines generally live in geographically isolated areas with a lack of access to basic social services and few opportunities for mainstream economic activities, education or political participation.
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    The number of the Philippines’ indigenous peoples remains unknown, but it estimated to be between 10 per cent and 20 per cent of the 102.9 million national population
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    2007: The Philippines votes in favour of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
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    2016: Indigenous peoples political party “Sulong Katribu” is refused to participate in the national elections
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Philippines: Cultural youth festival celebrates indigenous identity

In accordance with IWGIAs strategy to focus more on particularly vulnerable indigenous peoples in Asia, like hunter-gatherers in transition, IWGIA last year started supporting a project implemented by Kabalikatsa Kaunlaran ng mga Ayta Incorporated (KAKAI) which seeks to strengthen Aeta communities in Tarlac Province, the Philippines.

The Aeta are hunter-gatherers in transition living around Mt. Pinatubo, the volcano which erupted in 1991 and devastated much of the ancestral domain of the Aeta. The project involves developing active and critical communities that can speak with a collective voice and are able to protect their ancestral domain, strengthening the capacities of the leaders and youth to facilitate a process of collective power building at the village level and facilitate the process of formulating the Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development and Protection Plan. As part of the project, in May this year, KAKAI organized a cultural festival in a community situated in the mountains of Capas town in the Tarlac province of the Philippines. The festival was a celebration af the Aeta traditions and at the same time a way to get the Aeta youth involved in the issue of indigenous rights and their cultural identity.

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