The Provincial Environment and Natural Reaources Office (PENRO) of Zamboanga del Sur conducts an information campaign to promote environmental protection and proper waste management to indigenous peoples leaders at the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) Office, Pagadian City last April 29, 2021.
 
This is in support to the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) Consultation on “Buklog” of the Subanen organized by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCAA) – Institute of Living Tradition (ILT) and Dumendingan Arts Guild, Inc. (DAGI).
 
Buklog is an elaborate thanksgiving ritual system of the Subanen, an indigenous people in the southern Philippines. ... The rituals ensure harmony among family, clan and community members, as well as among the human, natural and spiritual worlds.
 
Protected Area Superintendent (PASu) Mario Ronulo of Mt. Timolan Protected Landscape gave a lecture on biodiversity conservation and elaborated the details/complexities on biological diversity. He also explained the salient features of Republic Act No. 9147, also known as the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.
 
Designated Information Officer Noraisa S. Guadalquiver also expounded on the important provisions of RA 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.
 
Around fifteen (15) participants who were Timuays (ancestral leaders of the Subanen tribe), and some representatives of the LGUs, attended the activity. The former were enlightened of their rights specifically in catching/collecting wildlife resources to be utilized in their traditional practices.
 
A special forum/dialogue was most requested on the harmonization of the Indigenous People’s Rights Act (IPRA) of 1997 and ENR laws, which may be arranged by the NCAA as soon as possible before the IPs will do their Buklog for their guidance.