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PIA Press Release

October is Indigenous Peoples' Month

by Mari Cruz

BAGUIO CITY (28 September) -- To promote awareness, recognition and appreciation of Indigenous Peoples/Indigenous Cultural Communities (IPs/ICCs), the Regional Development Council (RDC) is enjoining all line agencies, local government units, private institutions and other government entities in the region to actively participate in the celebration of the October 2007 Indigenous Peoples Month.

This was contained in RDC Executive Committee Resolution No. CAR-069 series of 2007.

The Cordillera region is already on its third year of successful coordination of programs and activities to commemorate the Regional Indigenous Peoples month.

The month-long celebration will be launched with a joint motorcade in the morning of October 3 to be participated in by members of the IP group, the statistics group, the productivity group and the CONSUMERNET. October is also Productivity, Statistics, Consumer Protection and Childrens Month.

It will start from the Baguio Convention Center (BCC)-Session Road-Magsaysay Avenue- Bonifacio Rotonda-Public Market-Harrison Road then proceed to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) office for a Kapihan/press conference.

Also on October 6 at 8:30 a.m., there will be a parade from the Baguio Convention Center down to Session Rd., and will end at People's Park for the opening program at 10:00 a.m.

A cultural show dubbed as "Nan Layad Ta" will be held October 5 at the BSU Close Gym. An entrance fee of P25.00 will be collected for the general public while P15.00 for students.

Also in an effort to attain the objective of serving as venue for intercultural exchange and sharing, one of the highlights of the celebration is a cultural exchange dubbed as "Alay Kay Nanay" with photo exhibit on October 22 at the University of Baguio Gymnasium. This will be participated in by IP youth from neighboring countries like Korea, Indonesia, Thailand and China.

Another activity will be an exhibit on October 15-17 at the SM Atrium to be participated by members of IP group, productivity, statistics and Consumernet.

There will also be a museum visit and books/write-ups exhibit. The SLU museum will be open to the public for the whole month while the Benguet Capital museum will be open on the first week of October only.

Mechanics for the contest on the formulation of theme for IP month 2008 celebration is also underway, and will be announced later.

Other activities include ringing of church bells on October 1 at 6 a.m., a film showing, mass, radio and TV interviews, and an autonomy forum.

For more details about the activities, contact the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP-CAR) office at 422-4173.

The RDC likewise enjoins all line agencies, LGUs, and private institutions to hang streamers in front of their offices bearing this year's theme "Attaining Cordillera Indigenous Peoples' Cultural Integrity through the Equitable Development Responsibilities and Benefits. (PIA) [top]

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