DepEd lauded for allotting P100M for IP education

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MANILA -- Senator Loren Legarda on Monday lauded the Department of Education (DepEd) for allotting P100 million for indigenous peoples’ (IP) education.

Legarda, chairperson of the Senate committee on cultural communities, also commended the DepEd for its effort to conserve heritage schools in the country.

“I am glad with these culture and heritage related initiatives of DepEd. I hope that the funds will be effectively used not only for the delivery of quality education to our IPs but also for the preservation and promotion of their culture and heritage,” she said.

The DepEd has allotted P100 million to be distributed to 100 school divisions nationwide to fund education capacity-building initiatives for IPs such as training for implementers of IP Education (IPEd) program, engaging in partnership programs with concerned organizations, and creating an IP database.

She said the funding will guarantee that IPs have access to quality education to increase their chances for employment and make them competent and competitive in the workplace.

Legarda said the DepEd’s directive to make an inventory and conserve the country’s heritage school buildings known as Gabaldons, which were built during the American period, is significant to efforts to preserve heritage and promote history.

“These Gabaldon schools, like the heritage houses built during the Spanish period, speak much about our history,” Legarda said.

Legarda said some of the heritage structures are either in poor condition or have been abandoned already.

”I hope we can still revive all these school buildings not just for display but to be used for their original purpose as places of learning,” she said.