| 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
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