On February 15, the team traveled to Barangay Datal Bila, the nearest barangay of Malungon from the foot of Mt. Matutum, to begin the production of their documentary film.
Allan Shane Cawag, team coach, said the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) of Malungon was the assigned office to choose and create a group who will represent the municipality.
He added, MENRO decided to choose an academic institution to do the job for they want the students to maximize their potential while doing something for the environment.
Cawag said, doing the project is not just about representing the community, not even about the prize but the sincerity of the advocacy to strengthen the protection of Mt. Matutum which serves as a source of living for the people residing in the area.
“Aside from environmental purpose, this project will also touch the socio-civic aspect of the community. Kung paano sila nag survive in this particular area,” Cawag said. “Through this event, we will see that their types of living are being modernized with the demand of fast-changing economic world, but are still able to sustain its natural phase.”
With this project, the team also wants to educate the community about the Indigenous Peoples who are the main inhabitants of these areas, know their living conditions, and how they preserve their ancestors’ lands.
Cawag added, through this activity, the theoretical frameworks of the school lessons are being put into action.
“Maganda kasi ang bottomline ng pagtuturo mo is naa-apply into real life situation. Merong life learning skills na nakukuha yung mga bata, and this becomes a proof to Dr. Jose Rizal’s ‘ang kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan’. Yung output is mag chi-change siya ng life, mag ta-transform siya ng perspective ng mga tao. We do hope na it would sustain ng pagbabago.” Cawag said.
The Municipality of Tupi initiated the celebration of Linggo ng Mt. Matutum which will run from March 18 to 24.
It has the objective of promoting conservation of Mt. Matutum’s rich biodiversity, boosting eco-tourism, and increasing awareness about its richness and importance to the entire SOCSARGEN area.
The official screening in cinemas for public viewing and awarding of winners will be held on March 22. (Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE)