Some members of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (PPPP) Provincial Advisory Council (PAC) sign a Memorandum of Agreement with the provincial government to enhance the implementation of social services in the province. (MBL, PIA CAR, Ifugao)

DTI - CAR Regional Director Myrna Pablo (right) and DTI Baguio - Benguet Provincial Director Samuel Gallardo (2nd from left) with the officials of the LGUs of Baguio City, and the Benguet towns of La Trinidad, Sablan and Tublay in a photo opt during the awarding of top performers in the 2020 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index. (DTI Photos)

Governor Jerry Dalipog (fourth from left) and other provincial officials receive the two plagues of the Condition Matching Grant to Provinces (CMGP) Annual Governance Reform Award from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in the province. (Photo: R. Buenconsejo)

Cordillera Regional DRRM Council and Regional Task Force COVID - 19 Chairperson Albert Mogol presides the first joint coordination meeting to look into the 2020 accomplishments and lay down a proactive roadmap for 2021 in dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic and other possible threats and hazards that may endanger life and properties in the region. (OCD - CAR photos)

Culture, IP practices enhance resilience in CAR communities

BAGUIO CITY, Nov. 28(PIA) - - Cordillera culture and indigenous practices  play a vital role in ensuring resilient and responsive communities in the regio in this time of Coronavirus pandemic.

 

Michael Umaming of the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP – CAR) outlined during the Dagyaw 2020: Open Government Virtual Townhall meeting on Thursday,   that values and indigenous practices that have been passed through generations proved the Cordillerans’ strong sense of   unity and caring for each other especially in times of calamities or emergencies.

 Umaming shared that the spirit of “Bayanihan” or “Binnadang” in local dialect is also inherent in Cordillera culture, as well as the respect and strict adherence to the “elders”, which occupy a special place or role in Cordillera society.

There are also indigenous traits, values and practices in Cordillera that have been helpful in this trying time, among of which are the ”Inayan” (being righteous and having good conscience) and Laya that defines the customary things that one should not do in a community.

There are also rituals such as “Obaya” or “Tengao”, where community leaders or elders call for respite from continuous work or a localized lockdown during occurrence of emergency or calamity, as well as to ward off illnesses or disease, he added.

Ignacio Pangket, executive assistant of Sadanga, Mountain Province Mayor Gabino Ganggangan, in sharing the town’s good practices   highlighted their indigenous cultural practices as the main driver of community resiliency   and their being COVID – free. The municipality of Sadanga   along with Barlig are the only two towns of the province that remain COVID- free to date.

 Pangket shared that through the leadership of Ganggangan, the municipality implemented an interface of government and cultural mechanisms to address the effect of the pandemic.

Sadanga has a traditional practice called ‘Far-in’ where community leaders or elders call for respite from work and no visitors are allowed to enter the community for some days during occurrence of emergency or calamity as well as to ward off illnesses or disease. 

During the enhanced community quarantine, the mayor issued an   executive order for an extended far in   where people are required to stay home and for strict regulation on the movement of people coming out and going in the municipality, Pangket shared.

To ensure food sufficiency, they also have the “Shapah” wherein the Kadangyan or rich families in the municipality have the obligation to take care or share resources to their relatives who are in need.

 Aside from NCIP and Sadanga LGU, the City Government of Baguio represented by City Planning chief Arch. Donna Tabangin also shared Baguio’s best practices in coping with the COVID pandemic.

DILG also gave an orientation on their “Disiplina Muna” campaign while DOH – CAR provided an update on COVID – 19 situation in Cordillera. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)

By Carlito C. Dar

 

Baguio

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  • RTF-CAR harmonizes COVID response in Mt. Province town

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Benguet

Mt. Province

  • Enhanced contact tracing of COVID UK variant cases' contacts ongoing in Mt. Province

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  • NTF-BCDA conducts aggressive community testing in Bontoc

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  • Suspension of work at Mt. Province PLGU offices extended until Jan. 29

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  • Mt. Province officials reiterate call for public compliance with health protocols, quarantine rules

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IFUGAO

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  • DILG confers 2 CMGP awards to PLGU Ifugao

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