An indigenous Filipino community in the northern state of Bicol is working to bring the Amazon rainforest to the town of Harga.
The town of 8,000 people is located just outside the border with the Philippines.
The community is a farming community that also happens to be a tourist attraction.
The village is part of the Hargas-Bicol region that is also home to the Hargeas tribe, an indigenous group who have been fighting against the government for years.
Harga’s village mayor, Reynaldo De Guzman, said the villagers hope to attract Amazonian suppliers of goods and services.
“The main reason is because we want Amazon to know that we are here and that we have our own way of life,” he said.
Hargeas is also part of a region that has faced increasing pressure from the Amazon’s government to move away from its traditional ways.
According to a 2016 study, about one-third of the indigenous population in the Philippines live on less than $1.25 a day.
In recent years, the government has started cracking down on businesses that rely on foreign capital for business.
In 2016, the Interior Department launched a crackdown on foreign companies that do not adhere to the country’s strict environmental regulations, such as environmental monitoring and labeling requirements.
Haggis-Bolivian communities are now pushing for Amazon to bring in new markets and opportunities, such the use of technology to make local products better, said local resident Hargis Davila.
For Hargi, that means bringing the Amazon Rainforest into Hargawalu, the village where the village is located.
“We want Amazon, we want to grow food for the people and the farmers, and we want them to know the difference between the local farmers and Amazon,” he told The Associated Press.
Hagas-bolivians are one of the most marginalized groups in the country, with nearly one-fifth of the population living in extreme poverty, according to the United Nations Development Program.
The government has recently been cracking down more on the indigenous people in the region, which is home to about 1.2 million people.