LEGGOT TEBBA MAKA GO’TOM: THE PHILIPPINE SAMA DILAUT SEANOMADS AMIDST PROLONGED GLOBAL WARMING AND HUNGER-SPEL
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LEGGOT TEBBA MAKA GO’TOM: THE PHILIPPINE SAMA DILAUT SEANOMADS AMIDST PROLONGED GLOBAL WARMING AND HUNGER-SPEL

SOUTHERN MINDANAO, REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
LEGGOT TEBBA MAKA GO’TOM: THE PHILIPPINE SAMA DILAUT SEANOMADS AMIDST PROLONGED GLOBAL WARMING AND HUNGER-SPEL

The sea-nomadic Sama Dilaut (also known as Bajau) are affected by climate change in a number of ways. Traditionally, Sama Dilaut routinely protect and preserve sardine and other small fishes in the Sulu waters. They have adapted a fishing pattern characterised by interspersed periods of harvesting and nurturing of the marine ecosystem, sparing the younglings and fingerlings and allowing the fishes to spawn and propagate before harvesting. They have indigenous ways of propagating and replenishing the stocks of fish and marine-edibles without disrupting the balance of nature. However, one of the immediate impacts of climate change has been queer behaviour observed among the fish species and abnormal influx of migration of schools of fish in areas previously not inhabited by these species. The negative effects of climate change has been favouring the destructive harvesting practices of the commercial vessels by making the sardine species seek shallower waters and hence making it more accessible to the marauding commercial fishers. Lately this has become a source of alarm to the villagers who have been experiencing prolonged low-tide (leggot-tebba) resulting to hunger spells (go’tom) and at the same time worsened by the threat of food shortage. The natural calamity compounded by exploitative practice of commercial fishers have made the efforts of the Sama Dilaut puny and less effective. The action research is a combined effort at systematic documentation of the immediate impacts of climate change on the food sustainability of sea nomadic Sama Dilaut community and at the same time a community action for alleviation and cushioning of the impact of climate change. As such, the following specific outputs are targeted: ? Qualitative and descriptive socio-anthropological research report on the impact of climate change on the socio-economic and socio-cultural life of the Sama Dilaut sea-based communities in at least four pilot communities in Basilan, Sulu and Tawitawi provinces in southern Mindanao. ? The report shall be recast and produced into popular forms for advocacy and education purposes, the findings of the research will be reproduced into both written (i.e. monograph and journal articles) form and in feature articles and popular forms of written (i.e. news article and press releases) presentations. A website shall be created for uploading these written materials. These materials shall also be mass-produced into leaflets and IEC materials, to be distributed to a wider audience and for utilization among multistakeholeders in a seminar-conference or advocacy workshops and venues to be organized for the purpose. ? A 30-minute video documentary production on the topic of Climate Change and the Sustainability of Sama Dilaut Nomadism in Sulu archipelago. ? Regional Multistakeholders’ Conference on Climate Change and the sustainability of Sama Dilaut sea nomadism.

 

  • Region: Asia
  • People/Coummunity: Mindanao, Philippines
  • Proponent: Mucha-Shim Quiling Arquiza
  • Date: March 2010 to December 2010
  • Topics: knowing and observing of weather, storytelling and climate change