Governance and Leadership of the Palaw’an Tribe of Palawan, Philippines
DAVID R. PEREZ, Ph.D.
Journal Title:Asia Pacific Journal of Education, Arts and Sciences
This study dealt with the governance and
leadership of the Palaw’an Tribe of Palawan. The
respondents of the study were the 115 tribal leaders
who assumed leadership in their community. This study
employed historical, descriptive, quantitative and
qualitative research methods. The study revealed that
almost all of the respondents are pure-blooded
palaw’an, males, married, elementary level, farming as
the basic source of living and ages 60 to 65 years old.
They were selected foremost by means of hereditary
attribute. The criteria in selecting leader include the
knowledge of customary law, prove his worth, integrity
and have strong sense of justice, professed the value of
being equal and fair, respect for the deity and in
showing pride to being a Palaw’an.
The function of the Palaw’an Tribal Leaders along
executive, legislative, judiciary and religious were to
maintain traditional law, mediate, settle conflicts or
problems, resolve and hear cases, resolve family
problems, help community rites and practices, maintain
customs and traditions and have high respect on their
deity, god and elders.