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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Re: Sadanga

A fellow Igorot, Martin Apopot, made a very interesting comment on the late Gus Saboy's article on Sadanga. He wrote:
Having been born in Sadanga, I am happy to learn that she has been called once as a land of the Kadangyans. No doubt, she is very rich culture wise, but economically, 42 yrs after this article was published, Sadanga is still struggling to move higher in the class category in the province. She is still a 5'th class municipality and will probably continue to be so for many years. The term kadangyan in Sadanga today is not so much what it means forty years ago. Many children of kadangyans today are illiterate and are the ones left out to mend on the farm they inherited from their parents. Those that have moved out early in search of greener pastures are mostly the ones that have better life. I wonder if the author of this article is aware of what Sadanga has become now and what is his/her comment. Despite all these, Sadanga for me is still no doubt the best place to live because of the inherent hospitality of its people, its culture and its beautiful sceneries. That is why even after 15 yrs here in the U.S, am still rooting to go back and live in my birth place as soon as my financial status allows.

It is lamentable indeed that even after several decades of existence, many municipalities in the Cordillera are still under the stranglehold of poverty. One wonders where all the Internal Revenue Allotments (IRAs) and the pork barrel funds have been funneled into.Or what happened to all those Comprehensive Land Use Plans (CLUPs) and Barangay, Municipal, and Provincial Development Plans (B/M/PDPs) crafted by some of our brightest economic planners and politicos gone. Or where all those social mobilization and community organizing projects have taken us. There is no question that many of the programs, projects and activities of Government Organizations (GOs), Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and Private Organizations (POs) that have been implemented in the region have elevated the socio-economic status of certain local government units or communities. But it still remains a puzzle why such a coveted status has evaded many other communities in the Cordillera across the years.

One reason I am republishing Gus Saboy's decades-old articles is to encourage fellow Igorots to engage in a critical comparison of the "then and now" using the featured communities as starting points for discussions, and hopefully challenge everyone to do something about some of the issues pressing upon us.

What Mr. Apopot says about the kadangyan of Sadanga is also true of the kadangyan of Bontoc. Gone are the days when those of "royal blood" owned most of the filfilig (mountains), kapayepayew (fields) and kafaafaangan (residential lots). Gone are the days when the ili (village/community) depended on the elite for their survival. Many of the pusi (poor) of old are now the baknang (rich). Although the old folks of Bontoc still recognize the elevated status of the kachangyan, the latter's influence over the whole society has practically gone, as it were, down the wanga (river). Well, fortunes change and changes force us to dance to the tune of unpredictability. Perhaps, in the end, we come down to the realization that, as D.O. Flynn had put it, "The haves and the have-nots can often be traced back to the dids and the did-nots."


vivian galingan said...

This is very much true. Im just wondering why people prefer to spend much buying carabaos to feed the people during chuno but are hesitant to spend much on the education of their children and the improvement of their lives.

ibhel sicdawag said...

that's true. our kailyans must give more concern to education.