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PIA Press Release
2008/08/13

2nd Nat'l Conference on IPs held today

By Rose B. Palacio

Davao City (13 August) -- The 3-day 2nd National Conference on Indigenous Peoples' Higher Education in the Philippines will start today August 13 up to August 15, 2008 at the University of Southeastern Philippines, Social hall, Obrero, Davao City.

With the theme "Valuing Traditions in Shaping the Future", the 3-day conference aims to provide an avenue for IP groups and concerned institutions to forge synergetic partnerships in helping IPs help themselves by ensuring quality and culturally-appropriate education.

Keynote Speaker of the conference, Mr. Banjamin Abadiano, president, Assisi Development Foundation has over 20 years of work experience in social development, including six years on peace building initiatives.

Other speakers are: Dr. Terry L. Simpson, division chair, Education Professor of Secondary Education, Maryville University, Maryville, Tennessee and Dr. Carlos P. Buasen, Jr. Director 1V, Office on Education, Culture & Health, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).

Among the highlights of the conference are research-based paper presentations (presenters are from all over the country), performances that showcase traditions of the IPs, cultural tour, and visit to the Pamulaan Center for Indigenous Peoples' Education, believed to be the first institution that offers tertiary education exclusive for the IPs in the country.

The 3-day conference will be participated in by representatives from the academe, government agencies and NGOs.

Organizers are: the USEP Pamulaan Center for Indigenous Peoples' Education in partnership with the National Commission on IPs and Minority Care International.

For more details, contact Melanie C. Pagkaliwagan, USEP public information officer. (USEP/PIA) [top]

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