Primus Occupantis

“The general pattern in the establishment of rights to land in the Cordillera is primus occupantis (i.e., the first to occupy the land by clearing and using it). Titles are embedded in rituals and are orally transmitted. The various groups have different land-use systems and different kinds of rights attached to land—for foraging, swiddening, wet-rice agriculture, mining, and grazing cattle and water buffalo. It is not uncommon for some ethnic groups to have multiple land-use systems, each governed by different rules” (Prill-Brett, 1994, p. 689).   

Text submitted by Raizel Albano, Founder and Director of Anthro on Foot Audio Walking Tours


References Photo credit: By Patrickroque01 - Taken using my own camera EOS M100, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=129007925 Prill-Brett, J. (1994). Indigenous Land Rights and Legal Pluralism among Philippine Highlanders. Law & Society Review, 28(3), 687–697. JSTOR. https://doi.org/10.2307/3054089
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