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Agta, Dupaninan in Philippines

Agta, Dupaninan

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,800 Agta, Dupaninan Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 3.00 % No   

Agta, Dupaninan in Philippines

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Introduction / History
The original inhabitants of the Philippines were small black people, now called "negritos." Around 2,000 years ago the ancestors of most Filipinos came to the Philippines from what is now Malaysia and/or Indonesia. They overran the original inhabitants such that today the "negritos" consist of an extremely tiny portion of the Philippine population of over 80 million people, and they live in very marginal and/or remote areas. There are about a dozen such people groups that have their own totally distinct languages, cultures, and geographic areas. The East Cagayan Agta (or Dupaninan Agta) is one of these. The Dupaninan Agta might possibly be the most remote/isolated of these groups. There are perhaps 1000-2000 of them, but that is a very rough estimate at best.

Where are they located?
The Dupaninan Agta live in the north-eastern Philippines, specifically in the eastern part of Cagayan Province, and the north-eastern part of Isabella province. Most are semi-nomadic, and all live near rivers. The areas they live in are one of the few remaining sizable rain-forested areas in the Philippines, and have an extremely low population. Most live in very small communities of perhaps a couple dozen people. The Dupaninan Agta have an egalitarian society, with no formal leaders. Typically, if a couple of leading men in a community get into a conflict, the community will split, and half will go live elsewhere.

What are their lives like?
The Dupaninan Agta do some limited agriculture, and they are also hunter-gatherers in their rain forest habitat in the remote northeastern corner of Luzon. Most of their hunting is with bow and arrow. But their previous way of life and ability to provide for themselves in the traditional ways is quickly coming to an end. The country is already mostly deforested, and with the rapidly expanding population and the logging that is going on, they will not be able to continue in their old ways for long. The East Cagayan Agta have an extremely low life expectancy, which is partly due to a very high infant mortality rate. The infant mortality is so high that they do not even name babies unless they survive to be two years old. Tuberculosis, malaria and dengue fever are common as well. The Agta have a low literacy rate, especially given the fact that the Philippines has very high.

What are their beliefs?
The Dupaninan Agta are traditionally animists, having no formal religion, but rather, fear of spirits. In the 1990s a small number started becoming Christians, and there are over 100 Christians now. The large majority of the Agta are still animists.

What are their needs?
They have large needs in terms of health, literacy, and education. They have large spiritual needs as well.

Prayer Points
* For health: reduction in tuberculosis, malaria, dengue fever, and water-borne illnesses.
* For their education and literacy to improve.
* For spiritual growth for the Dupaninan Agta as a whole.
* For protection, health, boldness, and effectiveness in serving for existing believers and leaders.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.

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Country: Philippines
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Northeast Luzon, Cagayan and Isabela provinces, from below Divilacan bay south to Palaui island north.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Agta, Dupaninan
People Name General: Agta, Dupaninan
Alternate People Names:
AggaiEastern Cagayan Agta
ROP3 Code: 100120
Joshua Project People ID: 10180
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,800
Population all Countries: 1,800
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
People Cluster: Filipino, Tribal
People Name General: Agta, Dupaninan
Ethnic Code: AUG05
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Primary Language: Agta, Dupaninan
Language Code (ISO): duo    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Ilocano (Unknown)Tagalog (Unknown)
Total Languages: 3
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity10.00 %(Evangelical: 3.00 %)
Ethnic Religions90.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant10.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic90.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 5   Greater than or equal to 5% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1986-2009
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Text / Printed MatterBible: Dupaninan Agta New Testament 2001
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