FTMW - Filipino Tribe Mission Welfare

MAMANWA, Adlay/Pantukan


About 15 - 30 000 years ago, the Asian continental plateau was shaken by a powerful earthquake and a long rift arise that divided a large piece of land in the south. This volcanic area came to slide south in the Pacific Ocean and created what we know today as The Philippine islands. On this long and slow slide out in the Pacific Ocean, a dark skinned people, called  Negritos, followed. These was the first natives on the islands and lived mainly in the mountains (which had saved them earlier during the earthquake). When Malayan from Indonesia came and moved to the islands there was no larger conflicts because they was living on fishing and agriculture by the shore while the Negritos lived in the jungle and in the mountains.
Mamanwa (Mamanoa) is one of the southern Negrito tribes and belongs to the aborigines in The Philippines. Mamanwa is also a tribe that have a high priority in our organisation. Mamanwa has during all times since The Philippines was populated by Malayan already at the 10th century AC lived an own life without any interference in the new age politic and religions. Not even today has Mamanwa admittance to education, health and care like the Filipino population. Not because of Government will but because of their long tradition of loss of education and staying outside the society. They actually don't know how the society works.
   It is extremely important that their children become involved in the school system to get an adequate education and give opportunities for development to the next generation. Mamanwa has always been used in different situations, both as guides to  Philippine military and NPA New People Army. In some encounters they have been involved in, they has always ended up on the loosing side. Not because they are dangerous or furious but because they have been trying to make their livelihood as guides in the jungles.
 The Mamanwa tribe has no permanent work but collect firewood and rattan. By rattan they create handicraft that they sell at the markets in nearby Filipino towns or villages. They have own plantings spread in the mountains. Some times they have a problem to reach their plantations, especially during rainy seasons. Then they have a hard time to find food for their living.
 The parents of the tribal children has started to ask for the possibilities to make a better future for their children. A first step is if they are able to settle down in the small village Pantukan in the mountains.
 Mamanwastammen in Pantukan had no permanent settlement (2005) but considered to settle down since FTMW negotiated the possibility to build houses nearby the village Pantukan. Construction of the new settlement come to start in spring 2006 when this group among the first in their tribe build a settlement on their own. This tribal group, that we call Mamanwa east, lives on their own plantations which they has spread out in the jungle. While waiting for harvest they visit different villages and towns begging for food, money and clothes.
Filipino Tribe Mission has now established a temporary school in the settlement where the tribe can receive nutrition and education. The need of education among Mamanwa is huge since nobody in the tribe has any experience of school or education since before. We has started separate projects under "ongoing projects" for education in hygiene, nutrition, agricultural work, basic elementary education etc.
If you feel that you want to help a child that have no school to go to, or get an education in, shall you make your choice on a child from Mamanwa. In their case we need an enormous support to be able to help them with their social structure and not only the poor child alone.
You are able to become group sponsor to Mamanwa east. Sponsor fee is €15 monthly Become sponsor
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FTMW Contact person for Mamanwa, Adlay/Pantukan, Surigao Del Sur:
Juralyn A. Urquia and Jovelyn Klaveness
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