BUTUAN CITY – 09/24/19
DepEd Caraga formally acquired permission from the Manobo elders to use three of their native symbols in the official uniform of regional employees during the Consultative and Advisory Body (CAB) assembly composed of DepEd regional officials, elders from the Manobo and other IP communities, and representatives from the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) on September 18 at the R-NEAP Caraga, Butuan City.
In line with OIC-Regional Director Francis Cesar B. Bringas’ advocacy of upholding and promoting local culture and arts, the final phase of the Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) Process, the actual mechanisms was crafted by the elders themselves in coordination with the regional office and the NCIP.
During the discussion, the elders presented a “Resolusyon” signed by a “Hawodon” (person in authority), two “Manigaon” (elders) and 61 other members of the Manobo Community.
The said document stated, “Tungod kay sa ingon mahatagan ug tubag ang hangyo sa DepEd Caraga among tugotan among Tribal Leader nga modesisyon isip mo representar sa among tribong komunidad/katawhang tribo alang lamang niini nga hisgutanan,” [Trans. In this way we can address the request of DepEd Caraga by authorizing our Tribal Leader to make decisions as a representative of our tribal community on this subject only]. It also cited Celsa Cabajes Maambong as the authorized person to convey the permission on behalf of the community.
After the discussions, Mrs. Elizabeth Ysulan, Regional IPEd Coordinator, cited the significant provisions and guidelines of DepEd Order 51, s. 2014. She explained that prior activities leading to the assembly were completely in accord with the said DepEd Order, beginning with the written communication sent to the elders, the consultation meeting with the participants duly chosen by the community, the performance of a ritual, and the signing of the Resolution.
In her closing message, Ysulan emphasized the crucial role of IP leaders in implementing the guidelines at the local level so as to promote cultural respect, eradicate discrimination against indigenous peoples, and protect their intellectual property rights.
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