Economic Dimension in the Ways of Life of the Seven Tribes of Bukidnon

  • Cornelia T Partosa Bukidnon State University


This study on the Ways of Life of the Seven Tribes of Bukidnon focuses on the economic dimension, specifically on livelihood and income sources, livelihood assistance and opportunities afforded by the government, problems encountered relative to livelihood and their actual average monthly income. The author used descriptive method of research using semi-structured interviews as the primary approach. Follow-up clarifying interviews were also conducted which were carried out in a conversational style. Field notes were also written in conjunction with the interviews, observations and casual encounters with subjects. Results showed that the seven tribes have farming as their source of livelihood. Other sources of income include farm labor, peddling, weaving, among others. Of the seven only three received livelihood assistance. Although livelihood opportunities are available, lack of capital seems to be the main problem of the tribes. Their average monthly income is very low and not even enough for daily subsistence. Poverty apparently exists in every tribe of Bukidnon. However, there is still a great possibility for the return of self- sufficiency and self-reliance of the seven tribes of Bukidnon if the people’s economic concern is addressed.Keywords:  economic dimension, livelihood, income sources, livelihood assistance