Stricter poli­cies vs. IP mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion sought

Sun.Star Baguio - - Top Stories - Lau­ren Alimondo Sun*Star Re­porter

AN INDIGE­NOUS Peo­ples Ed­u­ca­tion Con­sul­tant and Chair of Benguet Coun­cil of El­ders is back­ing the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion’s pol­icy for teach­ers to be vig­i­lant on text­books with wrong por­trayal of Indige­nous Peo­ples in the Cordilleras

Belmer Yano said teach­ers must be at­ten­tive in their lessons when it comes to the por­trayal of IPs in the re­gion.

“Nakak­abenta iyang mga iyan kasi may bu­mibili. If we can have stronger set of poli­cies so the teach­ers are more vig­i­lant, crit­i­cal on the things they buy and they use. But over and above, the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor must be vig­i­lant,” Yano stressed.

Yano said DepEd should con­duct an in­ven­tory of all schools ma­te­ri­als par­tic­u­larly on those with er­ro­neous pro­tray­als.

“The thing is, DepEd, is hindi natin con­trol mga pub­lish­ers, we have our re­quire­ments, stan­dards and we im­posed them, but we can­not im­pose on pub­lish­ers,” Yano added.

Yano also ex­pressed their sup­port to the move of Na­tional Com­mis­sion on Indige­nous Peo­ples study on the pos­si­bil­ity of fil­ing liber cases against pub­lish­ers who have wrongly por­trayed IPs in the Cordilleras.

“The worst is that they mis­rep­re­sent us with the Ae­tas, dalawa tay­ong sinak­tan, oth­ers are also mis­rep­re­sented and there is a gen­eral ig­no­rance on what IPs are,” he added.

On Oc­to­ber 8, some 4,000 teach­ers of Benguet on Mon­day con­vene for the Benguet Indige­nous Peo­ples Ed­u­ca­tion sum­mit at Wan­gal, La Trinidad where on the same day, dances of the dif­fer­ent Indige­nous Cul­tural Com­mu­ni­ties were show­cased IP dances in­clud­ing the Tal­lak, Tay­chek, Binukaw, Gi­nati­ley, Hagigi and Ben­dian or ‘Bindiyan’ dance of Benguet.

IPEd pro­gram is the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion’s re­sponse to the right of IP to ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion and re­spect of the IP iden­ti­ties and pro­motes their indige­nous knowl­edge and com­pe­ten­cies.

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