Revisiting the Aytas of Floridablanca (Two Decades since Mt. Pinatubo)
Victoria Narciso-Apuan
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The current study seeks to document and analyze the changes that have occurred with the Aytas in Barangay Camachiles in Floridablanca, Pampanga since the eruption of the volcano Mt. Pinatubo in June 1991. Through focus group discussions and interviews, the study finds that the Aytas of Camachiles are still in a state of political and economic underdevelopment. Having been awarded 5,000 hectares of land as their ancestral domain, they have expressed their determination to preserve the integrity of their culture, defend their natural resources in the face of threats of mining, and engage the provincial government in a manner whereby they can meaningfully participate in the holistic development of their community.

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