Ifugao IKSP Textbook underway

Ifugao Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Practices (IKSP) authors and members of the Ifugao Indigenous Knowledge (IK) Research collaborated for further improvement of the second edition which will be made into a ‘textbook’ to provide more reliable information that will benefit the indigenous peoples, researchers, and future generation.

The textbook also aims to preserve and conserve the Ifugao IKSP amidst the advancement of modern technology and civilization.

The Ifugao IKSP Textbook is a deliverable of the Special Project: Ifugao Weaving and Related Indigenous Knowledge Systems funded through the initiative of Senator Loren Legarda.

It aims to take off from the Ifugao Indigenous Knowledge Workbook published in 2011 and produce a textbook that will serve as a reference material in teaching IKSP in IFSU and in the IP Education (IPED) thrust of DepEd both in the elementary and secondary levels. The textbook, according to authors, is their contribution to the Centennial celebration of the University in 2020.

To further update, enhance and expand the chapter contents and produce a publishable output, the Ifugao IKSP Textbook Authors underwent “write shops”, the latest of which was conducted on June 28-29, 2019 at South Ville Inn, Lagawe, Ifugao.

The writing team is composed of academicians (active and retired), members of NGOs and civil society and actual practitioners of Ifugao IKSPs.

University President Eva Marie Codamon-Dugyon, IFSU attended the writing workshop and served as one of the resource persons during the presentation and critiquing.

 In her speech, she expressed her gratitude and provides support and encouragement to the participants. “We have to capitalize our uniqueness, our cultural heritage which includes our IKSP and that will make us different as a university. With that, our direction for our University is to think local but act global,” Pres. Dugyon said.

In addition, she emphasized the IFSU’s newly approved vision, “A globally recognized University upholding excellence amidst rich cultural heritage.”

At the end of the activity, the authors were able to submit a semi-final draft of their chapters to be reviewed and edited by the Editorial Board headed by the Project Manager, Dr. Serafin L. Ngohayon.

It followed through the presentation of initial output during the 1st project write-shop held at Tam-an BMPC Mountain Resort, Busilac, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya on March 19-20, 2019. Several feedbacks and comments were given to writers to work on in order to improve their chapters.

-Geneva Paula Mae R. Espejo