The Transcontextualization of Sustainable Development in a Mining Exploration Milieu: A Transect on the Alangan Mangyans

Dindo Palce Cafe


This study contends that although an array of factors may impinge on the evolution of the development perspective of indigenous peoples, the discourse of globalization orchestrated through mining exploration is a crucial force in reconstructing the concept of sustainable development. In broad stroke, the inquiry centers on the amphimixis of etic and emic perspectives of sustainable development, ancestral domain, and eco-spirituality as manifested in the mining exploration in Victoria, Mindoro Oriental, Philippines. Based on the ethnographic accounts gathered through in-depth interviews, focus group discussions, and observation, the study concludes that Alangan Mangyans have holistic concept of sustainable development. The interconnection between the concept of sustainable development, ancestral domain and eco-spirituality asserts that the development perspective of Alangan Mangyans has been a product of long experience and not merely a reflection of a primitive way of life. The transcontextualization of the aforesaid concepts has been orchestrated by the discourse of globalization manifested in the realm of mining exploration.

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