Silay City seeks to strengthen IP Education program

SILAY CITY, Dec. 3 (PNA) –- A seminar-workshop on Indigenous Peoples’ Education (IPEd) will be conducted by the Department of Education (DepEd) in this northern Negros Occidental city on December 5 and 6 at the DepEd Division Conference Hall, Sibato Integrated School, and Sen. Jose C. Locsin Cultural and Civic Center.

The activity is titled “Capability and Partnership Building for IPEd Implementers, Local Government, IP Communities, Civil Society and other Educational Stakeholders.”

DepEd Silay City focal person on IPs Florinda D. Artajo, education program specialist in Araling Panlipunan, is facilitating the event with assistance from Rommel Fuentes, Ariel de los Reyes and Randy Quiapo.

There will be discussions on Indigenous People Situationer, Department Order 62 s. of 2011 Statement and Principles, Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act of 1997, IPED and K to 12 Program, Significant Role of Elder and Culture Bearers in the Transmission of Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Practices (IKSP) Towards the Younger Generation, Indigenous Learning System, and Education in the Community Life Cycle.

City Schools Division Superintendent Neri Anne Alibuyog said there is a need to strengthen the IPED Program in Silay because there is a community in Sitio Sibato, Barangay Guimbala-on populated by descendants of the Bukidnon tribe.

Tourism Officer Ver Pacete said some elders in the community can dance “Binanog” and may have knowledge of the “Hinilawod” chant.

“Some of their old practices include betrothal ritual, farming using cloud signs, use of traps, and storytelling by the bonfire,” he added. (PNA)