LEGAZPI CITY, Oct. 30 (PNA) – Thousands of indigenous peoples (IPs) in Bicol will benefit from the education agenda for indigenous peoples being pushed by the Department of Education (DepEd).
The Aquino administration wants the DepEd’s IPs education agenda to end the long history of marginalization and neglect experienced by many indigenous communities in education, according to the education department’s regional office for Bicol here.
DepEd regional director Orfelina Tuy on Tuesday said there are about 50,000 IPs residing in different barangays in the region. They occupy a total land area of 74,000 hectares, with Camarines Sur having the greatest number of land area proclaimed as ancestral domain.
This time, she said that because of the deep concern expressed by the administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III over the plight of IPs, that dream is becoming a reality.
Tuy said civil society groups and other stakeholders are helping DepEd in building a nationwide network of support groups to push forward an education agenda for the country’s IPs which was tackled during the recent celebration of the National Indigenous Peoples (IP) Month.
According to the National Council for Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), the total population of IPs in the Philippines is estimated at around 20 million. (PNA) LAM/DOC/CBD