The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) presented three Project Epanaw coffee table books to Carlos Hilado Memorial State University (CHMSU) in a ceremonial turn-over held at the university’s Talisay Campus on April 26.
The books “Pagkilala” (Recognize), “Paggalang” (Respect), and “Pagtaguyod” (Promote) were published through NCIP’s Project Epanaw (Journey), which aimed to showcase Filipino indigenous communities and peoples, and educate the nation of their existing and potential contributions to society.
Vice President for Academic Affairs Jay B. Estrellas, EdD, thanked the NCIP for the generous donation and said that this was a great opportunity for the university to affirm its commitment to promote the welfare of the indigenous peoples.
College of Arts and Sciences Dean Arjay Alvarado, PhD, said that the books are essential source materials that would enhance IP studies in general education and specified courses, especially in the Social Science Program. Alvarado also acknowledged the Public Administration Program, headed by Program Chair Josel Osal, and faculty member Jonathan Lobaton, PhD, for facilitating the turn-over with the NCIP.
Hon. Jeorge M. Largado, Commissioner for Island Groups and the Rest of Visayas, his Chief of Staff Allan U. Geagoni, and Hazel Acse, Negros Occidental Community Service Center Head, represented NCIP in the ceremonial turn-over.
Largado shared insights on the significance of the coffee table books and highlighted the role of the academe and research in the preservation of IP cultures.
Vice President for Research and Extension Andrew Eusebio S. Tan, PhD and Jose Lizael B. Lampinez, DPA, also gave their messages of gratitude to NCIP.
After the turn-over, the books were transferred to the Talisay Campus Library Filipiniana Section.