October is Indigenous People’s Month

By upao - Posted on 18 October 2013

The Institute of Social Research and Development (ISRD) and the section BEE 3a students taking up Soc. Sci. 16 under Gigy Banes sings Bebsat San Kaigorotan during the program held on October 7 commemorating the Tribal Filipino Week and Indigenous Peoples Month with DepEd's Belmer Yano (inset) as guest speaker.

Every October of the year is Indigenous Peoples (IP) Month. The Regional Development Council-CAR through RDC-CAR Resolution No. 34, series of 2013 enjoins all Regional Line Agencies, Local Government Units, State Universities and Colleges, Government Bureaus, and Non-Government/Private Organizations to actively participate in the 14th year-celebration.

This year’s Regional celebration of the IP month is guided by the theme: “Recognition of Indigenous Peoples Rights towards Inclusive Growth for the Cordilleras”.

This nationwide celebration is stipulated in Proclamation 1906, s. 2009 signed by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and the RA 8371 dated October 29, 1997, known as the “Indigenous Peoples Rights Act” (IPRA).

BSU expresses its participation to the IP month feast with a streamer hanging at the Main Gate of the Main campus.

October 5-6, 2013 is also the Tribal Filipino Week (TFW). This year’s celebration commemorates the 26th memorial of Ama Daniel Ngayaan, one of the Chico Dam heroes, themed “Ipannakel Kultura a Nakabigbigan, Padur-asen, Aywanan ken Salakniban! (Take pride in our cultural identity: Develop, nurture, and defend it)”

BSU through the CAS-Department of Social Sciences spearheads the commemoration of the IP Month and the TFW with a simple program held last October 7’s Flag Ceremony at the Administration building.

The program was graced by Belmer Yano, DepEd Consultant on IP Education as the Guest Speaker.

In his message, Mr. Yano stressed the integration of IP culture in the education system, which is also in line to DepEd’s K-12 program. He added that IP education is one way of overcoming biases against cultural practices.

The program featured cultural song numbers from the Institute of Social Research and Development (ISRD) and the section BEE 3a students taking up Soc. Sci. 16 under Ms. Gigy Banes.//