. Agusan del Norte
Lake Agusan that is located on the northwest part
of a tongue that is stretching Mindanao north has given name to the
two provinces Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur. The lake belongs
to the province of Agusan del Norte and on its west side is only a
small raising piece of land that part the sweet water lake from the
Bohol sea, that in its turn is one of the Philippines many seas that
exist between the many islands of the country.
East of Agusan a mountain chain is raising and is
stretching over the boundary towards the provinces of Surigao del
Norte, Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Sur. In Agusan del Norte the
mountains is named Mount Mabaho and Mount Hilong-Hilong. Mount
Hilong-Hilong is stretching from Agusan del Norte until Agusan del
Throughout Agusan del Norte the national highway
between Davao City in the south to Surigao City in the north is
stretched. Provincial town is Butuan City which is located in the
south part of the province where the national highway to Davao is
crossed by the highway directing the provinces of Lanao and
Zamboanga on western Mindanao.
The province has rice fields and is fertile in the west. The
provincial town Butuan City is an important centre for the northern
Mindanao, many travellers choose to fly to this city when they are
going to visit the area. Here come both tourists who is visiting
their families but even aiding organisations like f.ex. Dr without
boundaries, missionaries from different assemblies and others.
The province is crowded with a concentration of
citizens around Butuan City but also along the highway northbound to Surigao del Norte.
A problem in Butuan City is that there has came many tribes from the
jungle that has domiciled themselves in the streets and feed
themselves as beggars and thief's. Several orphanages has been built
but in this part of the country it is difficult to maintain this
kind of aid depending on the family traditions that exist and which
means that parents and siblings are so close to each other that it
become expensive to give help.
It is difficult to separate a specific child or
couple from the group.
Filipino Tribe Mission has as a goal to aid those children that
today is homeless and without parents with help of foster families
in the provinces who takes care of and let the children come to
school and grow up in a safe environment parted from the stress in
the city when they need to beg, steal or prostitute for their living.
See foster child
. Agusan del Sur
The province Agusan del Sur is located south of
Agusan del Norte with a small part of the province Surigao del Sur
in the east, the province Bukidnon in the west and the provinces
Davao del Norte and Davao Oriental in the south.
Agusan del Sur is a poor mountain province with much jungle and poor
roadwork's. One national highway is eastbound from Butuan City in
Agusan del Norte through the provincial town Prosperidad to the
provincial town Tandag in Surigao del Sur. From Prosperidad is also
a southbound highway directing Davao City.
Even in this province like in Agusan del Norte,
the citizens is crowded around the national highways but a large
number of tribal people is also living in the jungles were they have
been living since the island was populated thousands of years ago.
Filipino Tribe Mission has
co-operators that is grown up in the area and know several of the
tribal languages. They work hard to spread ability of reading and
writing among the native people but is also concerned to keep
culture and traditions alive, like dishes and dances.