2. Inheritance (Tawid)

Generally, the parents assign land to the children as inheritance, with the distribution of areas depending on the sibling order in the family. The better and wider area is assigned to the eldest so that, when any member of the family is faced with crisis, the eldest would provide the needs. The youngest takes the portion where the ancestral house is built with the responsibility of tending the parents when they have grown old.

“Tawid” is a Kankanaey dialect term for an inheritance usually taking the form of land being distributed to the heirs of the deceased land owner through a “Tongtongan,” a family meeting with a respected leader and other community leaders. Once a family member is awarded his/her Tawid, s/he has the full control of the land and is responsible for the cost of transfer, relocation survey and the payment of the Real Estate Tax.