The Ateneo de Davao University’s (ADDU) Indigenous Peoples Education Project in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato (SoCot) officially kicked off with the signing of the community-solicited Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) for the conduct of an ethnographic research, the T’boli Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Practices (IKSP). This research is essential because this forms the foundation in developing a culturally responsive T’boli Senior High School curriculum.
The signing of the FPIC took place on 13th September 2014 at El Galong Resort in Lake Sebu, during the second community consultation facilitated by the representatives of the National Commission on the Indigenous Peoples (NCIP). It was a well-attended assembly with representations coming from 18 (out of 19) barangays in the Municipality of Lake Sebu. Among those who graced the occasion were the Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR) from each barangay, representatives from the youth, women and education sectors, the Municipal Tribal Council (MTC) headed by Datu Benito Blonto, and the ADDU indigenous peoples (IP) education team composed of Ms. Donnabelle Celebrado and Ms. Marlouzel Mabunga of the Anthropology Department, Ms. Eufemia A. Faller of the School of Education (SoE), and Mr. Romulo Vinci Bueza with Mr. Bernie Jereza, of the Office of the President. Continue reading