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08 August 2019 Volunteering for IPs

As PNVSCA joins the celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day on 9 August, we are featuring volunteers who have rendered services to advance the rights and collective well-being of indigenous people.

Pampamayanan Mangyan Ugnayan, Inc. (PMUI), a non-profit organization, works on various development programs such as livelihood, health, supplemental feeding and volunteer training for the benefit of indigenous people. Through these, they have mobilized seven distinct tribal groups such as Hanuno, Buhid, Tadjawan, Taubuwid, Alangan, Bangon, and Iraya in Oriental and Occidental Mindoro to drive their own empowerment process. The organization and its volunteers, which include Mangyans, serve as intermediaries in addressing the issues and needs of Mangyans. From a culture of silence and dole-out approach, they have successfully transformed Mangyans through capacity-building in pursuit of their own change process and sustainable social reforms.

Merging his profession as an educator and his advocacy to promote sustainable peace in Mindanao, Kenjave Parlero developed an educational intervention called IPagtuturo Literacy Outreach Program. Through IPagtuturo, he mobilized student-teachers to conduct literacy and numeracy teaching sessions to B’laan children who usually need to traverse seven rivers in order to attend classes. His initiative helped improve the children’s reading skills, as well as their disposition in life. The program was eventually replicated through a memorandum of agreement between his organization, Young Educators' Convergence of SOCCSKSARGEN (YECS) and the Mindanao State University- General Santos Campus to consistently implement IPagtuturo.

Engr. Andres Ngao-I, spent four decades of his life to achieve his dream of ending tribal wars. He negotiated more than a hundred tribal and non-tribal cases involving tribes of Kalinga, Mt. Province, and Abra. Apart from his effort in promoting peace he is also a strong advocate of the Indigenous Peoples Education (IPED) and played a significant role in the formulation of a Memorandum of Agreement between Department of Education and the Province of Kalinga in the promotion of the Kalinga culture, tradition, and practices.

This National Indigenous Peoples Day, we pay tribute to members of the volunteer community like PMUI, Kenjave and Andres who are engaged in the advocacy of improving the conditions of indigenous groups.

PMUI, Mr. Parlero and Engr. Ngao-I are national awardees of the Search for Outstanding Volunteers in 2015, 2018 and 2016, respectively.

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