The schools of the Mangyans have to deal with shortages, water being cut off during heavy rains, and harassments from the military. But they persist and are even planning to expand.
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Formed in 2009, Haggibat, the organization of Mangyan tribes, has caused the building of 16 to 18 literacy schools among seven tribes in communities in the uplands of Mindoro. But all their efforts would come to naught if the military would continue to harass them to stop them from organizing against the operations of mining firms.
By RONALYN V. OLEA Special Report: A Difficult Life for Mangyans (1st of 4 parts) Mining, Dams, Other Projects Threaten to Displace Mangyans (2nd of 4 parts) Soldiers Terrorize Mangyan Communities? (3rd of 4 parts) Bringing Hope to Mangyan Communities (Last of 4 parts) ABRA DE ILOG, Occidental Mindoro – Besides threats of large-scale mining,…