Dr. Fidela Rosas, CESO V, DepEd Caraga’s OIC-Assistant Regional Director, delivers her message to the IP elders, educators, and government partners.

BUTUAN CITY – November 5, 2018

Dr. Fidela M. Rosas, CESO V, DepEd Caraga’s OIC-Assistant Regional Director, delivered a powerful message to more than 200 IP elders and educators during the 2nd  Regional Indigenous Peoples Education (IPEd) Gathering  held at the LMX Convention Center on October 31, 2018 in Butuan City. Rosas’ message re-echoed DepEd’s thrust to deliver Quality Basic Education for all, especially in the preservation and promotion of the Filipino culture under the framework of Indigenous Peoples Education.

Speaking in the vernacular, Rosas said that the gathering was more than just a celebration of the IP month for it was also an opportunity to strengthen DepEd’s partnerships with the government and non-government agencies and the local communities. According to Rosas, these partnerships provided enabling mechanisms to serve the educational needs of indigenous peoples to reach even those residing in the remotest parts of the region. “This must be done and sustained,” Rosas said, “because in the eyes of God, we are all equal.”

Rosas also acknowledged the contributions of the different government agencies in the promotion of IPs’ rights as she thanked their respective representatives who graced the occasion namely, Mylah Faye Aurora B. Carino, CESO III, of NEDA Caraga; Mr. Eddie S. Ampiyawan of the Agusan del Norte Provincial Governor’s Office; Mary Jane Jet Tutaan of the Indigenous Peoples’ Cultural Heritage Office (IPCHAO); BAE Linganay Helen Ohara of the Consultative and Advisory Bodies (CAB); Dr. Randy Rosas of National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP); Gina Urbiztondo of the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga;  and Mr. Kenneth John B. Andohoyan of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga.

To further strengthen IP education and to help IP communities to realize their respective goals, Rosas stressed the importance of sharing resources, time, and efforts among stakeholders. “Dili mahimong malambuon ang atong kumunidad kung dili nato isalig sa pagpalambu sa atong edukasyon, for it takes a village to educate a child,” she said. “We only have Creator, and he created us all as equals, and we can best express this in the spirit of mutual sharing as one people,” she added.

The one-day gathering was spearheaded by OIC-Regional Director Francis Cesar Bringas, CESO V, through the Curriculum and Learning Management Division (CLMD) led by Dr. Isidro M. Biol, Jr., with the technical assistance of Mrs. Elizabeth M. Ysulan, Regional IPEd Coordinator.

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