Unahi Mindanao


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Welcome to Unahi Mindanao
Protecting the Mindanao forests and its inhabitants

Unahi Mindanao is dedicated to the protection and preservation of the largest, last remaining virgin rainforest in the Philippines and its inhabitants. It's Mission is to uplift the socio-economic conditions of the Higaonon tribal people without compromising the integrity of the ancient tribal customs and traditions. Its base is in Buena Vista, Agusan del Norte, Mindanao. Unahi (United Association of Higaonon tribes in Mindanao) is an Indigenous Peoples organization (IPO) and non-profit organization,

Through its various projects, Unahi promotes sustainability to empower the people to meet their basic needs and also works to objectively help the lowland Filipinos as well as governments  world-wide to understand the Higaonon people and to respect their culture, and their environment.

The Elders of the 8 river clans have breen brought together to form Unahi Mindanao to solidify the union of all Higaonon Indigenous People and work for the good of the tribal culture and upholding the customary laws. Chief Datu Efren Mandipensa is the main representative of, and ambassador for Unahi.

Unahi manages a 100 hectare farming project surrounding the virgin rainforest called the TAFT Agro Forestry Project (Buffer Zone Project). After four years, the project is doing extremely well, with fruit trees, soon to have their first harvest.

As well as the TAFT Project, Unahi has instigated other projects  such as the Tribal  Center built in Buena Vista, that serves as a meeting place for tribal elders meetings and accomodates students from the mountains who are schooling in Buena Vista.

A 30ha farmer training facility, called the Bamboo Land Project has also been established in Misamis Oriental focussing on permaculture, micro-organism technology, soil conservation and sustainable farming.



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