In celebration of the fifth Local Educators Advancement Program (LEAP V) dubbed as 2017 National Indigenous Peoples Education Festival, the University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP) – Pamulaan Center for Indigenous Peoples Education welcomed the Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines, Maria Leonor “Leni” G. Robredo, on May 15, 2017 at the University of Southeastern Philippines, Mintal Campus, Davao City.
VP Leni Robrero served as the keynote speaker and delivered speech on the role of education in uplifting the Indigenous Peoples (IP) in the Philippines.
In her message as she welcomed all participants of the event, USeP President, Dr. Lourdes C. Generalao, said that USeP is a staunch advocate of further advancing IP education and it shall continue to open its doors to future collaborations. She also mentioned that in a government that encourages change, she believed that LEAP V will also bring significant changes to the lives and communities of the IPs.
In 2012, LEAP was organized by the Assisi Development Foundation, Inc. (ADFI) through its President, Mr. Benjamin A. Abadiano, to serve as venue for IP leaders, IP Education implementers, and IP advocates to celebrate their inner wealth, potentials and rich experiences and in the process create dynamic and relevant pathways of learning through innovative strategies and culture-sensitive learning processes. Mr. Abadiano, a USeP alumnus and the First Filipino to receive the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership, is the founder and co-director of USeP Pamulaan Center.
With the theme “Harnessing the Gains of IP Education”, LEAP V or the National IP Education Festival gathered the IP Educators, IP elders and leaders, IP education implementers, and IP advocates to reflect and share on their rich experiences in their engagements for the advancement of IP education and capture these as stories of hope that they can bring home in their respective mission.
LEAP V aimed at increasing awareness on the current realities and challenges of the country today in the context of the collective effort and harnessing the lessons learned from different IP Education initiatives and transform them into concrete mechanisms for the advancement of IP Education; visiting Pamulaan Center for IP Education and learn from the experience of the Matigsalug Tribe in sustaining the education system; revisiting DepEd’s Order on the Financial Support Scheme for private schools serving Indigenous children; and reviewing the status of the loose IP Education Network that was forged in the 2012 LEAP and discover new ways of strengthening partnerships and collaboration for sustaining the existing initiatives to advance IP education.