There are unique features of indigenous culture in the Philippines, both with regard to the culture of all Indigenous Peoples relating to specific understandings and links to their land and a general philosophy on life based on traditional knowledge. Of course there are also many differences between the distinct indigenous peoples across the whole of the country, and the site will over time try to cover information as many of those peoples as possible. The key section of this site is given over to statements by Indigenous Peoples themselves.

Asia Indigenous Caucus Statement in UN EMRIP

2nd session of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Agenda Item 3:
Lessons Learned and Challenges to Achieve the Right to Education by Indigenous Peoples.

Thank you, Mdm. Chairperson.

First of all, I would like to congratulate you on behalf of Asia Indigenous Peoples’ Caucus for your election as Chairperson of this session. We are confident that under your able leadership the EMRIP will be able to advance indigenous peoples’ rights worldwide.

Accurate statistics on indigenous tribes sought

Date of publication: 
29 December, 2010

PARTYLIST lawmakers filed a measure seeking the inclusion of the ethnic origin of indigenous people in the national census.

About 9.1 million people belonging to the indigenous tribes in the Philippines may have not been included in the census as there is no accurate count on their existence, noted Bayan Muna Representatives Teddy Casiño and Neri Javier Colmenares.

Indigenous people include the Tingguian, Isneg, Ibaloi, Kankanaey, Itawes, Malaweg, Yagad, Bugkalot, Gadding, Agta, Ati Dumagat, Mangyan, Bangon, Tadyawan, Alangan, Iraya, Buhid, Taobuhid, Hanunuo, Ratagnon, Tagbanwa, Malbog,

Philippine education department publishes revised edition of "Understanding the Lumad"

Date of publication: 
1 July, 2014

Understanding the Lumad (Revised Edition)

The Philippine Department of Education, with the permission of Tebtebba and Silingang Dapit sa Sidlakang Mindanao (SILDAP-SE), has published the revised edition of “Understanding the Lumad.” The education department, through its Indigenous Peoples Education Office (IPsEO), decided to publish this “to make it more widely available to…public school teachers in Mindanao and others who are working with indigenous peoples in various education programs.”

“The Department of Education (DepED) has earlier adopted the National Indigenous Peoples Educatio

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