Tribal peace builders
help settle 'Inluntod' conflict
By Gilbert Guevarra
Posted 21 July 2006
feuding parties during the third round of conflict resolution.
AFTER years of conflict among
Lumads in Inluntod, a hilly land straddling the northeastern part of
Barangay Minalwang, Claveria, Misamis Oriental and southwestern part
of Barangay Eureka of Gingoog City, the feuding parties finally
settled their disputes, thanks to the help of community tribal peace
builders -- Datu Dicno Mansumagan, Datu Manuel Pina-andel and
Kagawad Rico Mansumagan.
Inluntod comes from the
Higaonon word “luntod,” which means “from above.” The
place is considered as “Tulamdanon ko Tumanod” (a place
for rituals in hunting and forestry).
Before, this area was
peacefully shared by both parties since there were no political
boundaries then. But then, titling of lands came. The conflict
started when the community elders applied for CADT conversion
sometime in 2003.
On September 24-25, 2005, the
first Inluntod conflict resolution was conducted at the National
Commission of Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) office with the barangay
officials and tribal elders of Minalwang and Eureka present. The
meeting resulted in the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)
by both parties, which in turn led to the conduct of a perimeter
survey last April. But conflict was started again by both parties,
thus stalling the perimeter survey.
The NCIP recommended to
resolve the conflict before the survey started again. Thus, a second
round of talks were conducted last April 27-28. Site visit was
conducted by both parties, together with Datu Mantangkilan of Sitio
Mintapud, Barangay Hagpa, Impasug-ong, Bukidnon. But the renewed
attempts at resolving the conflict led nowhere.
As tension tightened, the
perimeter survey team decided to reroute from Minalwang to Mt.
Kimangkil instead of Minalwang to Sitio Mandalawat.
While the perimeter survey
was going on, BMFI’s SIADOs thought of ways to end the conflict.
Finally, last July 14-15, the third round of conflict resolution was
conducted. Both parties were present, seven from Minalwang and five
from Eureka, all men. Discussion was started by the elders on the
first day. The next day was the presentation of resolution based on
the discussion by the datus of both parties.
The negotiators resolved that
1) the MOA signed last September 24-25, 2005 will be implemented, 2)
both parties will be present during the perimeter survey, 3) lastly,
the elders’ decision, which is by traditions and culture, must be
Thus, after the marathon
meeting, both parties had already clarified their roles and
responsibilities. They realized that openness, and the open channel
of communication, is the best way to resolve conflict.