DepEd officials and IP leaders gather for meeting of minds, showcasing of best practices

“Sayuda daw Buntula/ Pag-amul-amul” was the working title of the gathering last February 12 at Nasuli, Bangcud, Malaybalay City.

Implementers and Stakeholders in Indigenous People and Muslim Education gathered together to strengthen its partnership for Indigenous People and Muslim Education.

DepEd Regional Office team was headed by Regional Director Luz S. Almeda.

Local government Unit was ably represented by Mr. Russell Aquino from the provincial government office.

Malaybalay City Division was  represented by five of the staff and teachers, namely: Dr. Cora T. Asa, OIC- Assistant Schools Division Superintendent; Benjamin E. Macario, Division ALIVE (Arabic Language and Islamic Values Education) Coordinator; Josie D. Zamora, Division IP (Indigenous People) Coordinator; Ethyl Jane B. Lussier, IP Teacher; and Romsic Salfuden, a MCCS ALIVE Teacher.

Datu Victorino Saway headed the team from Lantapan .  The group rendered a cultural presentation of indigenous music and dances. Cameras of participants rolled for an hour to document the rhythmic music and graceful dances of the team.

Messages which followed were all for the promotion of peace and unification in this region and island.

One special feature of the gathering was the signing of commitment wall for the environment—to plant bamboos in the river banks.

Booths were also set outside the hall. Unpublished sample of big books and other instructional materials written in the mother tongue were displayed as well as native products and crops from the area. Some were put on sale and were sold out before the program ended.