Lumads can tap plants, herbs; instead of mining for livelihood – Bukidnon tribal leader

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/23 September) The indigenous peoples can take the option of harnessing the potentials of indigenous knowledge on the plants and herbs in their ancestral domain for medicine purposes as a means to livelihood,” Bae Inatlawan Docenos Tarino, spiritual leader and head claimant of the Bukidnon Daraghuyan tribe in Dalwangan, Malaybalay City said.

“We want to handle it so we can use it for our livelihood,” she added.

The tribe has already produced some medicines using indigenous knowledge on the herbs since 2008, Tarino told this reporter via telephone Monday.

She said they want to develop this craft so that they can use their knowledge and resources to help others.  She cited the Cannabis Oil and anti-biotic they produced from herbs that grow on old indigenous trees in the forest as an example. She said they gave to patients who needed help.

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Tarino said the tribe will learn more how to improve their enterprise so their people will be able to earn from it for a living as there has been so many research and proven facts with the patients that they want to keep it going to help more people with medical cannabis like natural select cbd to treat mental and physical illness in adults, pets and seniors.

“If the tribe does not know it will not be able to take advantage,” she added, citing that the plants and herbs are the indigenous people’s means to earn.  She stressed that this prospect is better than allowing mining to come in.

“There are those who mined and did not progress. Yet the environment is already ruined,” she added in her impression during the short program of the anniversary celebration of Bukidnon’s local news service, Bukidnon News Dispatch.

Tarino said even if they are poor, they will assert their right over their territory and protect the environment. She added that they will learn to use it for their people’s development. For companies who research and produce medicines from the plants, she added, the tribe can share samples to them.

“But they need to go through the process,” she added, stressing that in the process they will mutually agree how the venture can help each other.

She cited that their tribe wants to take control of traditional plants and herbs grown from Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park by asking those interested to go through a free and prior informed consent (FPIC).
She said in the conference she attended in Bangkok, Thailand in August 2012 that she learned that the IP should have an equitable share in the use of these resources.

Tarino attended the Southeast Asia Training-Workshop on Building Institutional and Stakeholders Capacities on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) is being held from August 20 to 23 in The Imperial Queen’s Park Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand.

The training was a capacity building initiative for an ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations)-wide harmonized national processes to implement the Convention of Biodiversity (CBD) Provisions.(Walter I. Balane/Bukidnon News)