BAGUIO CITY – The Department of Education (Dep-Ed) Baguio division bested other provinces in the most functional learning resource management and development center for Indigenous Peoples Education (IPEd), with Abra and Mountain Province in second and third place, respectively.
Along with other divisions in the region, the award was givenWednesday, Oct. 25, during the culmination program of the IPEd congress, in Wangal, La Trinidad. The Baguio LRMDC is managed by Jerry Ymson, under the leadership of Schools Division Superintendent Federico Martin.
Baguio also garnered the consolation prize as Best IPEd learning resource center through Adiwang Elementary School, Sto. Tomas Proper, Baguio City; with focal person Esther Melecio and school head Phillip Sagalla. DepEd Ifugao is first, with DepEd Benguet and Kalinga, second and third, respectively.
Presenters in the IPEd panel and parallel session, Federico Martin, Martin Leocadio, Elizabeth Teng-eg were also given awards, as with Vicky Macay, Virginia Lupian and Domingo Gacadan who helped in the program implementation. The National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP), council of elders, consultants and knowldegeable persons assisted during the three-day event in Dep-Ed Wangal.
The IPEd Congress was conducted with division and regional representatives for rights-based culture and contextualized education in the region.
The efforts are also focused on efforts to draft and validate contextualized lesson plans and learning resource materials; application in multi-cultural areas; validation of tools and involvement of the community and elders in monitoring and evaluation. The orthographies for major languages in the and graduate school course offerings for indigenous education was also discussed.
The theme for the educators’ gathering is “Sustaining Partnerships for Indigenous Peoples Education.” /Julie G. Fianza