Though still a young organisation, SPNKK has successfully assisted Negrito communities in advancing priority issues they identified. These accomplishments include:


Partnering with the National Museum of the Philippines for the establishment of the museum’s first permanent Negrito exhibit;


Successful restoration of forest areas in Capas, Tarlac that were heavily damaged during the 1991 eruption of Mt. Pinatubo;


Expansion of the Tarlac restoration and forest protection initiative to the Ata communities on Negros island;


Lobbying for the recognition of the traditional medicine and health practices of the Ati of Guimaras Island;


Capacity building and microgrant assistance for forest-based livelihood initiatives of Batak, Aeta, Ata, and Agta-Dumagat communities;


Provision of technical support to the ancestral domain applications of Aeta and Batak communities in Tarlac and Palawan;


Coordination with academic institutions for the recognition and promotion of indigenous education for primary school levels; and


Successful lobbying to place legally-mandated Negrito Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representatives (IPMRs) in local legislative councils, providing long-denied Negrito representation in local governing bodies.


Value 1

Valorisation of traditional knowledge, wisdom and lived experience.

Exploring opportunities for sustainable development and livelihoods based on eco-cultural values.

Community-led and inclusive restoration and conservation.


Value 1

Creating respect and understanding between generations.

Exploring opportunities for sustainable development and livelihoods based on eco-cultural values.

Stimulation of exchanges between organisations.

Jober Ocampo

The SPNKK ecological and cultural restoration project has been important for us because the forests are the roots of our culture and life. Without forests, our lives have less meaning. The project has provided an opportunity for us men, women and youth to reflect on the importance of our forests, especially now that the trees, fruit, birds, and other wild animals which we lost to the eruption of Mount Pinatubo are beginning to return to our community forest.

Jover Ocampo, Aeta SPNKK Board of Directors


It is the dream and goal of SPNKK to further strengthen coordination among Negrito communities in the Philippines through these initiatives, build their capacity to stand on their own, to develop a national platform for the advancement of their rights, and provide the resources and support that allow them to determine their own path of development.
The Sentrong Pagpapalakas ng Negritong Kultura at Kalikasan (SPNKK) (Center for the Advancement of Negrito Culture and the Environment) is an organisation aimed at establishing collective action through the formation of an umbrella network of the Negrito groups in the Philippines.

 SPNKK traces its roots to a number of Negrito cultural revival festivals beginning in 2010. These events were held in various parts of the country to celebrate the Negritos’ rich cultural heritage and collective identity as societies with a tradition of hunting and gathering.