Beng backs DepEd’s policies for IPs PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 August 2011 17:05

In the observance of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (IDWIP), Deputy Speaker for Mindanao Beng Climaco expressed her strong support to Department of Education’s policy framework for indigenous peoples with the aim of making the Philippine educational system truly inclusive and respectful of the diversity of learners especially those belonging to the minority groups.

House Deputy Speaker Climaco was present during the signing of the education policy framework for IPs by Education Secretary Armin Luistro at the DepEd Complex in Pasig City together with House Committee on National Cultural Communities Chairperson Rep. Teddy Baguilat and Rep. Nancy Catamco of the 2nd District of North Cotabato.

Sec. Luistro said it is part of DepEd’s mandate to provide basic education for all, one that recognizes and promotes the rights and welfare of indigenous peoples to enable them to face various social realities and challenges.

“When we were working on the education policy framework for IPs, we had in mind their special needs, history, language, culture, as well as their social and economic aspirations and priorities,” Luistro added.

IPs remain the most vulnerable and marginalized citizens because of their lack of access to basic social services, limited livelihood opportunities which lead to social, economic, and political exclusion.

Climaco, who supervises the Social Services Cluster with 12 House committees including the Committee on Basic Education, reiterated her commitment for the success of the program and remained optimistic for the proper implementation through DepED working with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), local government units (LGUs), and other government agencies.

The education policy framework for IP seeks to ensure the provision of of universal and equitable access of all IPs to quality and relevant basic education; adopt appropriate basic education pedagogy, content, and assessment; provide adequate and culturally appropriate learning resources and environment; strengthen hiring, deployment, and continuous  development of teachers and facilitators; establish and strengthen appropriate multi-level units  within DepEd responsible for planning, implementing, and monitoring IP education interventions; expand and strengthen institutional and civil society linkages; and implement stronger affirmative action to eradicate all forms of discrimination against IP in the entire Philippine educational system. — Marvin Segura