Empowering Indigenous Peoples through Higher Education Summit


Capitol University’s Head of Extension, Lilian de la Peña, shared her experience working with the indigenous peoples of Mindanao as resource speaker during the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED) summit on December 5-6, 2018 at Casa Pilar Beach Resort in Boracay Island, Aklan. de la Peña discussed at this summit how select state universities and colleges with campuses on an ancestral domain or very near one collaborate with indigenous peoples in their extension programs.

 This Visayan Summit is the third and last summit organized by CHED on indigenous peoples. Entitled, Empowering the indigenous peoples through Higher Education Commission, the summit is the brainchild of Commissioner Ronald Adamat, the Philippine Social Science Council through Dr Amaryllis Torres; and Dr Custer Deocaries, CHED’s Chief of the Office for Planning, Knowledge Management, and Research. The first was conducted in Baguio City in 2017 and in Mindanao, in Davao City, June of this year. The Visayan Summit was attended by 80 participants coming from the higher education institutions in the Visayas and leaders of indigenous cultural communities.

 The summit’s outputs will form the basis of CHED’s policies and guidelines on the integration of indigenous peoples’ history, culture, and issues in higher education curriculum, research, and extension (de la Peña, L.C.).



Panel for Strategies for culturally-inclusive education, research and extension. L-R Dr Nieves Dacyon (President, Apayao State University); Dr Edilberto Orillos (Reg Dir, CHED Region 6); Dr Doracie Nantes (President, Aurora State College of Technology); Lilian de la Peña (Capitol University, Extension Head); Dr Enrique Oracion (Research Director, Siliman University), and Dr Amaryllis Torres (Executive Director, Philippine Social Science Council)

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