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