Economic Activities of the Agays of Lasam, Cagayan, Philippines
This study documented the survival secrets practiced by the Agays of the municipality of Lasam, Cagayan, Philippines. It employed ethnographic qualitative and descriptive survey research designs to the thirty-six Agay-informants of three communities of the Lasam Municipality. The research techniques used were the structured interview, participant observation, and documentation to support the process of data-gathering. The study found that the activities engaged by the Agays are consistent in foraging, farming, and paid labor. Basket weaving and handicraft making, wild animal hunting, and fishing were considered as their alternative sources of livelihood. They still depend on medicinal plants present in their communities to cure their ailments. The study also revealed that the Agays have their indigenous environmental management practices. It can be concluded that the Agays have their mechanisms and coping strategies to survive with the pace of time through their economic interaction with Ilocano lowlanders but remained to have hardly provided their daily needs. The environmental management practices may be adopted in the design and planning of indigenous peoples’ education curriculum. Implications of the study present a plan action or the conduct of university extension initiatives which are culture and gender sensitive.