Creation of indigenous cultural center pushed

A lawmaker has proposed the establishment of a center for studies on cultural communities in the country in a bid to ensure the economic, social and cultural well being of the indigenous communities.

Rep. Juan  Edgardo Angara (Lone  District,  Aurora) is the principal author of House  Bill  244  establishing the Philippine  Center for Studies  on Indigenous Cultural Communities in the University of the Philippines.

Angara said the center will conduct research and policy studies for the protection and promotion of the rights of indigenous cultural communities.

The existing Institute Islamic Studies in the University of the Philippines and an Institute of Studies on Non-Islamic Cultural Communities will comprise the center, Angara said.

Under the bill, the Center shall organize an annual national conference on indigenous cultural communities with the participation of the government and the private sector.

The  conference shall  make recommendations on policies and programs for indigenous cultural communities.

“The continuing  in-depth study on indigenous communities ensures that policies and programs of the government are based on facts and enlightened judgment,” Angara said.

Angara added that the  conduct of research and policy studies  will provide  an  opportunity  to both Muslims and non-Muslims to participate  in  national life  and  development.  D’Jay Lazaro

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