June 16-25, 2001
On 16-25 June, amid daily news reports of the Abu Sayaf kidnappings, a group of three intrepid Singaporean SCMers went on an exposure to the Philippines. In the safe hands of host SCM Philippines, the participants experienced the conditions of the urban poor living next to the “Mountain of Garbage” at Payatas, Manila.
Next, they went island hopping to Mindoro Oriental, where they witnessed examples of discrimination against the indigenous Mangyan people, stayed in Mangyan communities, and experienced and heard about the terrible reality of militarization in Mindoro. The 3 participants returned with new and unexpected understanding of the Philippines.