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Phase II documentation of Philippine traditional knowledge and practice on health and development of Traditional Knowledge Digital Library on health for selected ethnolinguistic groups: the Tagakaolo people of Sitio Biao, Sitio Binacalan, and Sitio Luna in Barangay Pinalpalan; Sitio Kitulani and Sitio Kyasan in Barangay Kilalag; Sitio Malandog and Sitio Kangko in Barangay Dimuluk, Malita, Davao Del Sur.


Myfel Joseph D. Paluga,
Jerimae D. Cabero,
Kennette Jean I. Millondaga,
Andrea Malaya M. Ragrario,
Rainier M. Galang,
Isidro C. Sia

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University of the Philippines in Mindanao

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Publication Information

Publication Type
Research Report
May 16, 2012-August 30, 2013


An ethnopharmacological study of the Tagakaolo was conducted from May 2012 to May 2013. The one-year study included documentation primarily of the indigenous healing practices and ethnopharmacological knowledge of the Tagakaolo. The ethnohistorical background of the tribe was also included in the study. The study covered (7) Sitios, namely Sitio Biao, Sitio Binacalan, and Sitio Lunao in Barangay Pinalpalan; Sitio Kitulali and Sitio Kyasan in Barangay Kilalag; Sitio Malandog and Sitio Kangko in Barangay Dimuluk, Malita, Davao del Sur. Our main host organization was the Malita Tagakaulo Mission of the Missionaries of Jesus; it also served as our satellite site for the study. A total of 144 plants and 9 other natural products, 11 traditional healers in the community were documented. Documentation employed the use of prepared ethnopharmacological templates which included: medicinal plants and other natural products, herbarial compendium of selected medicinal plants, local terminology of condition and treatments, rituals and practices, and traditional healer's templates. Immersion in the community was the primary method employed. Interview and participant-observation, and forest visits were utilized to gather data. Focus group discussions were also done as a form of data validation. Formalized informed consent for this study was asked from different peoples' organizations, religious institutions, and from different key individuals prior to the documentation and collection of medicinal plants.

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