The PSU Museum has taken the initiative to host a crucial dialogue that brings attention to the reality of the Indigenous Peoples of Palawan.
Atty. Josefina Agusti, Legal Officer of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) for Region IV-B, was there to preside on the Information and Education Campaign which aimed to further shed light on the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA).
Dr. Jun Cayron, director of the PSU Museum was very happy about the event as he highlighted the significance of the information and education campaign.
“It is necessary for us as research and extension practitioners and faculty personnel to be aware of the IPRA, especially because in the field we will encounter such policy roadblocks that could potentially affect our work timelines. There are great rewards in simply being aware of these matters which tend to be disregarded easily. This is also especially for the benefit of the students who are doing their research,” Dr. Cayron shared.
The overall mandate of the NCIP is “to protect and promote the interest and well-being of the ICCs/IPs with due regard to their beliefs, customs, traditions and institutions.”
With this as a starting point, the seminar conducted by Atty. Agusti provided key points on Republic Act 8371, more popularly known as the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act. These included extensive discussions on the Rights to Ancestral Domains, the Right to Self-governance and Empowerment, Social Justice and Human Rights and Cultural Integrity.