PIA Press Release
Friday, January 13, 2012
DepEd creates office for indigenous peoples’ educationPASIG CITY, Jan. 13 --The Department of Education has created the Indigenous Peoples Education Office (IPsEO) to implement and mobilize all programs and activities pertaining to the education of indigenous peoples and ensure the delivery of quality education.
Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC said the IPsEO shall take the lead in planning, implementing, and monitoring activities related to IPs education.
“This office is also tasked to develop and recommend policy standards and actions to DepEd management to enhance DepEd’s implementation of education initiatives for IP learners,” the education chief added.
The Indigenous Peoples Rights Act of 1997 (Republic Act 8371) mandates all government agencies to recognize and promote the rights of indigenous cultural communities and indigenous peoples within the framework of national unity and development.
Using the RA as the legal basis, DepEd issued DepEd Order No. 62 in 2011 entitled National Indigenous Peoples Education Policy Framework to serve as an instrument for promoting shared accountability, continuous dialogue, engagement and partnership. It will likewise serve as the clearinghouse for all education-related transactions including the production of learning modules and the issuance of indigenized curriculum, among others.
DepEd is partnering with other national government agencies, non-government organizations, civil society groups, indigenous peoples organization, private businesses, corporate foundations, and academic institutions to promote IPs education.
“These efforts are part of our mandate to make quality education accessible to all Filipinos and inclusive of all learners,” Luistro explained.(DepEd)