DSSC hosts Indigenous Peoples photo exhibit



Davao del Sur State College (DSSC) hosted the kick-off of Pilak: Indigenous Cultural Communities/Indigenous Peoples (ICCs/IPs) 2022 Photo Exhibit launching on October 22, 2022 at DSSC Administrative Building, DSSC Main Campus, Digos City. 


This was part of the nationwide simultaneous launching of the photo exhibit in all the regions across the country.


The photo exhibit was mounted in celebration of 2022 National Indigenous Peoples Month and 25th Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act (IPRA)  commemoration. The two celebrations were being spearheaded by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) with the theme “25 Years: Fulfilling the Indigenous Peoples Rights and Bridging the Gaps through ICCs/IPs Convergence with Partners and Stakeholders to Ensure Economic Sustainability and Security in the Ancestral Domains”.


In the Province of Davao del Sur, NCIP selected DSSC as the venue for the photo exhibit that aimed to raise awareness to recognize, promote and to protect the customs and practices of the Indigenous Peoples.


A ribbon-cutting was witnessed by personnel from government agencies and partner stakeholders of NCIP in Davao del Sur and Davao Oriental.


Dr. Augie E. Fuentes, DSSC President welcomed the guests and emphasized the importance of commemorating IPs month.


“We should never forget who we are, our roots, our history. We should never forget our culture and values because that is our way of life,” she said in her message.


Meanwhile, NCIP-XI Regional Director Mumar M. Mamukid recognized the role of every IP tribe as essential in ensuring the realization of the “11 blocks” for sustainability and continuity of the cultures that go beyond photo exhibition.


NCIP is mandated to protect and promote the interest in well-being of the Indigenous Cultural Communities/Indigenous Peoples with due regard to their beliefs, customs, traditions, and institutions.


The photo exhibit is until November 5, 2022.


DSSC continues to engage in initiatives related to Indigenous Peoples as it is committed to provide an innovative academic environment while preserving the culture and ecosystem for a transformative experience of its stake players. (Shawn Medina/DSSC-PAO)