USeP-Pamulaan Center for Indigenous Peoples Education is an educational institution dedicated to the Indigenous peoples in the Philippines. Its main trust is to provide appropriate and relevant trainings and formation for IP youths, children, community leaders and development workers. It envisioned to develop empowered leaders and development workers committed to the tasks of building sustainable communities and in promoting the IP rights to life, land, self-government and cultural integrity.
Pamulaan is a lumad- Matigsalog term which means seedbed (Punlaan). The term is used to stress the program’s commitment to root the development of the students in the realities of their life and culture.
Thus, Pamulaan Center was launched in October 2005 through the partnership of the above mentioned GOs and NGOs. Its classes formally started in June 2006 with the University of Southeastern Philippines providing the academic aspects while other trainings and formation are taken cared by the Center.
Pamulaan Center is the provision of the 1987 Philippine Constitution which was reinforced by Section 30 of R.A. 8371, otherwise known as the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act (IPRA) of 1997, granting the Indigenous Peoples the right to equal access to various opportunities to a culture-based educational programs which are appropriate, relevant and meaningful to their life and culture.
It depicts the program’s approach to learning which is integrative and wholistic - one that develops the IP faculties and abilities to the fullest.
- The young plant depicts the continuing growth offered by education.
- The leaves of the new plant symbolizes the five (5) major aspects of human life:
Social, Political, Economic, Cultural and Spiritual; areas to hone and cultivate in all learners.