Rizal, Palawan

The Palawan tribal people, also known as the Palawano or the Pala'wan, are an indigenous ethnic group of the Palawan group of islands. The Palawans were originally a nomadic tribe in Southern Palawan until agrarian settlers started to occupy their once vast domain.

The tribe would exploit the most fertile piece of land and move on to next. Their family units were very small, possib ...

ly due to high mortality rates. They built their houses usually on a hillside but close to the river or stream using four skinny trunks of trees.

Palawano People News

  • Will You Help Us To Save Palawan From The Oil Palm Rush

    Dear 'Mam Gina',

    When President Duterte came into power, he made it clear that he was going to challenge the economic and political status quo of our country, putting it upside-down. When he finally appointed you as DENR secretary and Raphael Mariano [the chairman of the farmers' militant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP)] as DAR (Department of Agrarian Reform) Secretary, we thought that Mr. President was really fulfilling his promises through concrete actions. As a result, our indigenous people saw their hopes rising and they felt that, finally, Duterte's presidency might have b ...

  • We Need Our Land Not Oil Palms

    The massive oil palm development in the Philippines has grave implications not only for indigenous people's land, tradition and culture, but also the country's environment and the lives of future generations of Filipinos. Tell the government and authorities of Palawan and Mindanao to stop Malaysian and other oil palm investments.

    Call to action

    To: H.E. Rodrigo Roa Duterte, President of the Republic of the Philippines; Hon. Regina Paz Lopez, Secretary, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and others

    Stop the oil palm expansion in the Philippines that represents a fin ...

  • Palawan Tribe

    The Palawan tribe, also known as the Pala'wan or the Palawano, is a tribe that lives in the southern Mountains on the island of Palawan.

  • Trust Fund To Help Protect Some Of Philippines Last Primary Forests Human Nature

    Earlier this year, Human Nature shared the story of Nolsita Siyang, a farmer and mother of 10 who spends two out of every six weeks volunteering as a forest ranger, patrolling the Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape (MMPL) and monitoring human activities within the park covering much of her ancestral homeland.

    With the launch of a new trust fund that aims to finance the management of this 120,000 hectare (almost 300,000-acre) park in perpetuity, the future of Siyang's family and neighbors just got a little more secure.

    The MMPL — the largest terrestrial protected area on the Philip ...

  • MoneyGram Foundation Donates 1M To Fund IP Students Learning Program

    Strengthening its thrust of helping children around the world gain access to educational facilities and learning resources, MoneyGram, a global provider of innovative money-transfer services, through the MoneyGram Foundation, has donated P1 million to the Black Pencil Project.

    "Our P1 million will go a long way. The School-in-A-Box Program will provide complete study packs, teacher's kits and relevant learning-resource materials for the marginalized children from the indigenous communities," said Andrea Maramotti, MoneyGram International head of marketing for emerging markets, during the tu ...

  • Sanchez DENR Secretary

    The last time I worked with a Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary was under the watch of Elisea "Bebet" G. Gozun. At that time, Negros Occidental was convulsed with the massive illegal logging case involving local officials of the municipality of Salvador Benedicto.

    I would often meet with Bebet in Bacolod and in her DENR central office in Quezon City to map out steps to arrest illegal logging and to prosecute the suspects.

    Now DENR is poised to get another woman-secretary. As of this writing, Regina "Gina" Paz L. Lopez is still mulling whether to accept Pres ...