Regional Workshop on Community Based Monitoring and Information System

Program Regional Workshop on Community Based Monitoring and Information System telah berlangsung di Chiang Mai, Thailand pada 6 – 9 June 2019. Wakil dari Malaysia iaitu Puan Anne Lasimbang dan Nasiri Saibah (PACOS Trust) bersama Marusin Paliton wakil komuniti Kampung Alutok. Selain mereka, terdapat juga peserta dari Filipina, Thailand, Taiwan, Myanmar, Vietnam dan India.
Dalam program ini, PACOS Trust telah berkongsi pengalaman bersama komuniti dalam penulisan Protokol Komuniti. Peserta juga akan belajar mengenai alat-alat CBMIS yan merupakan suatu kaedah dan teknologi yang digunakan oleh orang asal.

Latihan Paralegal Tapah, Perak 2019

Pada 7 hingga 9 mei 2019 bertempat di Ladang Care, Cenderiang tapah Perak telah dianjurkan sebuah program Latihan parelegal oleh Malaysian Care dan Kpoerasi Sengoi pribumi Perak. Disokong sepenuhnya oleh UNDEF (United Nation Democracy Fund). Selain itu, Kehadiran Jurulatih berpengalaman daripada PACOS Trust dan SUHAKAM turut membantu dalam berkongsi pengalaman dan ilmu kepada AJK yang hadir.

Objektif utama program ini adalah untuk meningkatkan pemahaman dan kemahiran paralegal dalam kalangan AJK Bertindak Perlindungan Tanah Adat, dan memperkuat tindakan bersama dalam perlindungan tanah adat orang asli.

Seramai 30 orang perwakilan daripada kumpulan bertindak tempatan telah mengikuti program tersebut yang berlansung selama 3 hari itu. Mereka memberi maklum balas yang positif mengenai aktiviti yang mereka lakukan dan sangat menghargai kehadiran Tuan Galus Ahtoi yang mempunyai pengalaman yang luas mengenai kes-kes berkaitan dengan tanah adat di Malaysia, khususnya di Sabah.

Sepanjang tiga hari katihan tersebut, Tuan Galus mengendalikan 2 hari program manakala selebihnya oleh Suhakam. Secara keseluruhannya, mereka dapat belajar mengenai hak asasi manusia, konteks undang-undang tempatan, cabaran antabangsa, inkuiri kebangsaan dan peranan dan fungsi SUHAKAM.

Kesimpulan daripada program tersebut adalah diharapkan supaya komuniti Orang Asli kemampuan dan kapasiti untuk meningkatkan ilmu pengetahuan khususnya undang-undang tempatan dan hak asasi. Selain itu, mereka juga dapat meningkatkan strategi dan tindak balas yang boleh disusun dalam kalangan Orang Asli bagi melindungi hak komuniti. Tinggi harapan penganjur agak komuniti mampu menjadi lebih efektif dalam advokasi mengenai hak mereka.

Bengkel Kemahiran Advokasi – Hari kedua (11 April 2018)

Bengkel Kemahiran Advokasi 2018 berakhir dengan sesi bergambar bersama wakil-wakil komuniti di bawah projek CF, PACOS Trust.

Hari kedua (11 April 2018) bengkel kemahiran advokasi dimulakan dengan imbasan aktiviti yang telah dijalankan pada hari kelmarinnya (10 April 2018)

Sesi 5 yang bertajuk ‘Alternatif penyelesaian pertikaian’ dikendalikan oleh Pn. Shireen Leandra Sikayun (PUSAKA) sebagai tenaga pengajar untuk sesi ini, dari pengenalan, prosedur dan seterusnya perbincangan dalam kumpulan.

Sesi 6 iaitu ‘mari berunding’ merupakan sesi berkumpulan di mana peserta-peserta akan membuat ‘role play’. Mereka diberikan 1 situasi dan memegang serta menyelami watak-watak tertentu untuk mencapai perundingan di dalam proses mediasi.

Aktiviti selepas makan tengah hari adalah perancangan di setiap kumpulan berdasarkan isu yang berlaku di kawasan perkampungan masing-masing seterusnya membentangkan hasil perbincangan mereka.

Bengkel pada kali ini diakhiri dengan ucapan penutupan oleh pengarah eksekutif PACOS Trust Pn. Anne Lasimbang dan sesi bergambar.

Tahniah dan syabas kepada wakil-wakil komuniti yang hadir pada bengkel kemahiran advokasi 2018.

Anda boleh melihat koleksi gambar lain aktiviti ini di fb page PACOS Trust: https://www.facebook.com/pg/pacostrust/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1471152752996874

 

Bengkel Kemahiran Advokasi – Hari Pertama (10 April 2018)

Wakil-wakil komuniti yang terlibat dengan projek CF di 5 buah kampung yang berlainan daerah bergambar kenangan bersama tetamu-tetamu jemputan khas.

Pada 10 & 11 April 2018, Bengkel Kemahiran Advokasi telah diadakan di Perpustakaan Negeri Sabah Cawangan Penampang, khususnya kepada 5 buah kampung di 5 daerah yang terlibat dengan projek Commonwealth Foundation iaitu Kg. Terian, Penampang, Kg. Kiau, Kota Belud, Kg. Sungai Eloi, Pitas, Kg. Mangkawagu, Tongod & Kg. Alutok, Ulu Tomani, Tenom. Objektif utama bengkel ini diadakan adalah berkongsi adat tradisi dan amalan baik komuniti dalam urus tadbir & pengurusan sumber kepada peguam & hakim serta masyarakat awam, selain itu juga meningkatkan kesedaran & kefahaman terhadap kepentingan kepimpinan & urus tadbir dalam pembangunan Orang Asal serta meningkatkan kemahiran komuniti dalam menyampaikan pandangan serta berunding untuk mencapai kesefahaman dan penyelesaian konflik.

Bengkel dimulai dengan penerangan program dari Penyelaras projek CF En. Gordon John & ucapan pembukaan oleh Pengarah PACOS Trust, Pn. Anne Lasimbang. 3 sesi telah dijalankan sepanjang program ini berlangsung. Sesi pertama iaitu ‘Tamu Advokasi’ merupakan aktiviti yang lebih berinteraktif oleh kerana tidak aktiviti ini tidak memerlukan powerpoint, dan lebih kepada berkongsi maklumat dan pendapat bersama tenaga-tenaga pengajar yang dijemput secara bersemuka/berkumpulan. Pada sesi pertama iaitu ‘kumpulan seni’ terbahagi kepada 5 tajuk – Cerita dan ungkapan artistik, Fotografi/poster/bahan bercetak, perfileman, media sosial, media asur perdana tempatan/antarabangsa.

Sambungan sesi pertama telah dijalankan selepas sahaja minum pagi. ‘Kumpulan legal’ di kategorikan kepada 5 tajuk – Kempen petisyen, Forum/debat awam, rundingan dan pengantaraan, & litigasi. Kedatangan tetamu jemputan Datuk Douglas Cristo Primus Sikayun (Mantan Hakim Mahkamah Tinggi Sabah & Sarawak, Chairman of Natives Laws, Material & Cases Commitee) dan Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Richard Malanjum (Hakim Besar Mahkamah Tinggi Sabah & Sarawak) & rombongan serta kehadiran dari beberapa agensi kerajaan lebih menyemarakkan lagi semangat komuniti yang hadir di bengkel ini.

Sesi 3 – Kepimpinan & urus tadbir tradisi telah dijalankan dan pembukaan sesi ini telah didahului oleh Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Richard Malanjum sebagai tetamu jemputan dengan tajuk perkongsian “Kepentingan Kepimpinan & urus tadbir dalam pembangunan Orang Asal”. Wakil dari Kg. Kiau Encik Justin Dalansun telah berkongsi mengenai Pengwujudan kembali majlis-majlis orang-orang tua. Pn. Anne Lasimbang telah berkongsi mengenai program membangun masyarakat dan pertubuhan rakyat.

Wakil kampung di 5 kawasan daerah di bawah projek CF turut berkongsi amalan-amalan penjagaan sumber berasaskan komuniti :

Komuniti Kiau – Amalan mamason & boros puru

Komuniti Terian – Pengurusan tadahan air berasaskan komuniti

Komuniti Alutok – Pengurusan hutan ‘Tavol’

Komuniti Mangkawagu – Amalan pengambilan madu lebah

Komuniti Sungai Eloi – Pengurusan Bakau komuniti

Sesi terakhir pada program bengkel pertama ini adalah penyerahan protokol yang telah dihasilkan oleh 5 buah kampung dan ditandatangani oleh 2 tetamu jemputan khas serta sesi bergambar telah dilaksanakan dengan jayanya.

Sambungan program ini akan diadakan lagi pada 11 April 2018.

Gambar selebihnya  sila layari album fb page PACOS Trust: https://www.facebook.com/pg/pacostrust/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1470167609762055

Shafie must clarify move to abolish communal titles, says NGO

Pacos Trust executive director Anne Lasimbang says it is not enough to abolish the communal land title scheme if the relevant law is not changed to remove the state government’s power over NCR land.

KOTA KINABALU: An NGO has asked Parti Warisan Sabah president Shafie Apdal to clarify his statement regarding doing away with the communal title scheme if it comes into power.

Partners of Community Organisations in Sabah (Pacos Trust) executive director Anne Lasimbang said it supported the communal titles, but only those based on native customary rights (NCR). Anne said at present, there were two types of communal title lands in Sabah — one is land planned by the state government and the other is based on customary tenure, or NCR.

“We hope that Shafie was referring to the ‘unpopular’ state-planned communal titles.

“These incorporate a development scheme using companies to participate in joint ventures with the local communities,” she told FMT.

Anne said Pacos Trust wants these state-planned communal land titles abolished because these joint venture companies “use unscrupulous tactics”.

“The companies would give money and ask the locals to sign an ‘acknowledgement’ as receipt.

“The company then misrepresents these signatures to mean that the community has agreed to the terms of the joint venture.”

She added that some of these companies have no respect for the wishes of the community regarding areas it wants to conserve, like for water catchments.

“Often, the joint venture company will destroy the village’s only source of water or pollute their river, despite promising earlier that it will not.

“These companies just want to exploit the community’s NCR land for profit under the guise of ‘poverty eradication’,” Anne said, calling it a “new form of land grabbing”.

“And this is facilitated by the state government, which chooses which company gets the right to enter into the joint venture in state-planned communal title land.”

She said another main concern about the state-planned communal title land is that the titles allow for villagers to be excluded from their own land.

Communal land not for government to ‘give’

Anne also “corrected” Shafie on his statement that “when we give you the land, it won’t be just empty land” and will come with seedlings and expertise to grow various crops.

She said no one can possibly “give” to the community what already belongs to them.

“The communal title is a recognition of an existing right, not the creation of something new that can be ‘given’ out like a handout.

“Furthermore, for Shafie to say ‘it won’t be just empty land’ also shows that he does not understand the concept of NCR.

“Sometimes, what is perceived by some as ’empty’ land is actually NCR land that a community does not want to open or develop by choice because it is the community water catchment, hunting ground or source of non-timber forest produce.”

She reiterated the fact that communal title land, based on NCR, should not be abolished because this title cannot exclude a person who has already proven his right to be there through the NCR claim process.

Additionally, she said an NCR-based communal title also puts the decision about the development back into the hands of the community.

“Whether or not a community wants to develop an area of their territory or to conserve it, thus remaining ‘empty land’, as Shafie puts it, should be decided by the community itself, not forced upon by the government.

“When that decision is made by the community, only then should the state government step in to see how it can support the community’s decision.”

2009 amendment to Sabah Land Ordinance

Nevertheless, Anne said while Pacos Trust is glad that Shafie had identified the current land development schemes as problematic, the Semporna MP’s counter proposal will not solve the real problem.

“As long as the 2009 amendment to communal titles of the Sabah Land Ordinance stands, it provides power to whichever party in control of the state government to simply declare an area as state-planned communal title, with the same or worse weaknesses as the current scheme.”

In the special terms of the amendment to Section 76 of the ordinance, the “anak negeri” (indigenous people) are deemed beneficiaries of the communal native title, and not as owners according to their native customary rights (NCR).

Pacos Trust is a community-based organisation dedicated to supporting indigenous communities in Sabah. – FMT

A reflection on international women’s day

By: Kristen Grauer, Green Empowerment Development Manager

Over the last twenty years, Green Empowerment has thrived thanks, in no small part, to the exemplary leadership, determination and compassion of women. From Portland, to Malaysia, to Nicaragua and beyond, female leaders are essential to our organization’s success.

Our women have a holistic vision and champion our efforts to deliver renewable energy and safe water through inclusive decision-making, education and environmental advocacy. In times of adversity, they demonstrate great resilience, integrity and an unwillingness to compromise our organization’s values. They demand to be heard and encourage other women to bring their voices, ideas and experiences to the table. They inspire our team and the communities that we support, every day.

On this day, International Women’s Day, we would like to recognize six women in the Green Empowerment family who always lead by example.

link to this article : https://www.greenempowerment.org/reflection-international-womens-day/

Indigenous and Rural Women Conserve Mother Earth and Empower Their Communities

 

On this International Women’s Day, we bring you a photo essay about Indigenous and rural women and their innate connection to nature. Women’s rights and gender equality are crucial for not just women, but also for their communities and the environment. Women play a key role in the conservation of biodiversity and forests. A growing body of evidence shows that increasing women’s leadership in natural resource management and governance is not only beneficial for biodiversity but also empowers women, increases their livelihood opportunities, improves their ability to plan for their families and results in positive outcomes for their communities.

Across the world, women are often the principle caretakers of their families and responsible for important tasks like energy generation; collection of food, water and medicine; seed saving; and generating income for their families. Hence, with the loss of biodiversity and forests, women are disproportionally affected, bearing increased burdens to make ends meet. Women are also often excluded from decision-making and prevented from owning key resources like land. Many national policies also exhibit patriarchal and discriminatory attitudes (e.g. patrimonial land inheritance). On this Women’s Day, let us be reminded that the struggle for women’s rights is far from over and more crucial than ever.

link to this article : http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/43778-indigenous-and-rural-women-conserve-mother-earth-and-empower-their-communities

Training Youth Ambassadors for sustainable development

Participants pose infront of PACOS Trust headquarters.

PENAMPANG: Fifteen students from all over Malaysia converged at the Young Green Generation (Yougene) Workshop held recently at the Partners of Community Organisations in Sabah (PACOS) Trust headquarters from Jan 29 to Feb 3.

The workshop which was organised by Little Feet Initiative (LiFe) in collaboration with PACOS

Trust, supported by the US Embassy of Kuala Lumpur and AEON Co. (M) Bhd, aimed to train and empower selected youth to be the ambassadors for sustainable development.

In tandem with the 12th United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), selected students from seven states namely Selangor, Johor, Pulau Pinang, Kedah, Kuala Lumpur, Sabah and Sarawak, have been taught on sustainable farming practices as well as permaculture values.

Speakers with different expertise were invited to give talks, lectures, and hands-on demonstrations.

Topics were carefully selected so that they are relevant to the 12th SDG. These include a talk by Anne Lasimbang, Executive Director of PACOS Trust to highlight the current issues on community development (especially in Borneo), a digital session with Serena Newhall, Executive Director and United Nations Institute for Training and Research Associate Fellow, CIFAL Atlanta Inc.

where she delivered a thorough talk on SDGs, and Jules Guiang, a youth leader from the Philippines who represented the 2030 Youth Force in the Philippines Inc. to further polish Yougene’s participants’ knowledge on the 17 SDGs.

Under the supervision of Irene Mositol, supervisor of Kivatu Nature Farm, the participants were taught how to make natural insect repellent, composting, organic fertilisers and potting soil from scratch. These hands-on practicals led to the highlight activity of Yougene which was the model farm building.

Participants were asked to apply what they have learnt during the workshop to build their own model farm in a local orchard and also to teach the locals to maintain the farm.

In addition, fruitful discussions and presentations were encouraged through the Ambassador Led Discussion activity to ensure participants understanding on the SDGs, especially on responsible consumption and production (Goal 12).

Other than that, the participants were taken to the local Eco Farm in Signal Hill and they also did a community work at one of PACOS’ Community Learning Centres in Kampung Lomunu.

Yougene is also designed to get youths to actively explore their career interest and integrating volunteerism into their daily lives alongside those careers. – The borneopost.com

Join These 10 Heroic NGOs Who Are Working To Make Malaysia Green Again

We live in a world where our environment’s health is dictated by our actions. With that, as inhabitants of Earth’s humble domain, there are several outlets for you to express your passion and love for the environment while allowing you to connect with others who share the same vision as you.

That’s not all we all share a common responsibility in taking care of the Earth, but it is one’s choice to do so, and it won’t be forced upon anyone. Doing something helpful for the environment, regardless of how big or small will still count for something.

With all that said, here are 10 NG0s you NEED to know if you love the environment and you want to make a change.

We, (PACOS Trust) were among the top 10 NGOs that has been recognise for our work with the Indigenous community in Sabah!

Link to this article : https://www.jirehshope.com/posts/572

GRESUNALI Bazaar is back!

Fundraising for community outreach work! Organic green vegetables, organic rice, honey, pumpkin, ginger, handicraft, various traditional foods, cookies, cakes & many more!

Once again, the community bazaar is back! It’s our 17th annual community bazaar!

The community from the five zones ~ Kinabalu, North (Utara), East (Timur), Interior (Pedalaman) and the West Coast (Pantai Barat Selatan) of Sabah will all be communing GRESUNALI!

It’s not just a market but a place for ~
Cultural Sharing
Knowledge Discussions
Affirmation & Motivations
and Donations or Contribution…

But more than this is sheer determination and dedication of our beloved Indigenous Peoples to protect the rainforest, rivers, lands, environment & animals for the next generations.

Come, support and lend a hand for the sustainability of our community by buying their fresh produces & product that they bring to you.

Coupon available at PACOS Trust office! For more info, please call +6013-548 1297 (Hilda Pius) or thru our PACOS Trust office number at +6088-712 518