Isolated IP village uncovered

The Ata-Manobo community was discovered by accident by troops of the army’s 60th Infantry Battalion last 25 February while in pursuit of remnants of the New People’s Army.
KAPALONG, Davao del Norte — The discovery of a hidden indigenous people community of 110 families deep in the mountainous area of this town came as a total surprise to Mayor Ma. Theresa Timbol.

“We were shocked that all this time, people are still out there without any contact with the outside world,” Timbol said Friday.

The Ata-Manobo community was discovered by accident by troops of the army’s 60th Infantry Battalion last 25 February while in pursuit of remnants of the New People’s Army (NPA).
It is located in Sitio Tapayanon, along the edge of Kapalong’s Barangay Gupitan along the Pantaron mountain range that borders the provinces of Davao del Norte, Bukidnon and Agusan del Sur.

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