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Tropical Forests and the Human SpiritJourneys to the Brink of Hope$
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Roger Stone and Claudia D'Andrea

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520217997

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520217997.001.0001

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The Road to Bendum

The Road to Bendum

(p.59) Chapter 3 The Road to Bendum
Tropical Forests and the Human Spirit

Roger D. Stone

University of California Press

This chapter focuses on the Lumads of Bendum village, situated in the Mindano Island of the Philippines. Extensive logging activity, along with the land-tenure policies of past governments, encouraged migration and pushed back tribes such as the Lumads into more remote areas. The area around Bendum is also home to the New Peoples' Army insurrectionists, as a result of which the Philippine army also favors better roads to the area. Apart from these, the proposal for two hydropower dams and an integrated development project for the area, approved by the Asian Development Bank, have resulted in increased competition for resources between the Lumads and migrants. The countercampaign launched by the Lumads for the restoration of their tribal rights over the forests finally succeeded in 1998, which also helped in developing a better social infrastructure for themselves.

Keywords:   Lumads, logging, tribal rights, forest dwellers, land-tenure policies

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