MP, MPSPC to host int’l forum on IP empowerment

BONTOC, Mountain Province – The State-run Mountain Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC) and the provincial government will be hosting a 3-day International Forum on Innovations for Indigenous People’s Empowerment and Social Transformation on April 5-7, 2018.


The first-ever international forum will be done simultaneous with the celebration of the province’s founding anniversary and Lang-ay festival.

Rexton F. Chakas, MPSPC president, said the event aims to showcase the Igorot culture transcended to best practices, create a venue for knowledge and cultural exchange as well as for networking among participating national and international agencies and organizations.

Among the presentations that will be showcased during the 3-day event include best practices on good governance, sustainable entrepreneurial ventures, cultural studies, climate change resilience, disaster risk reduction management, and education.

Aside from the presentations on best practices, the over 200 participants will also have a chance to join cultural immersion activities with the people of the various tribes of Mountain Province.

The forum seeks to provide a venue for faculty members, government leaders, and business practitioners to share best practices and researches on the various drivers for IP empowerment and likewise aims to provide an opportunity for networking exchange of ideas among participating organizations and international agencies about common concerns and for joint solutions.

Further, the forum responds to the gown and town concept where the academic research outputs match the need of the community consequential to social transformation.

Under the forum guidelines, best practices presentation papers should include an abstract or executive summary, rationale, objectives of the program, methodology or specific management approaches, strategies or innovations applied or experienced, discussion, lessons learned, policy implications and recommendations and should adhere to format rules and regulations.

Chakas expressed confidence on the successful conduct of the event for the full realization of the activity objectives and to entice international and foreign participants to join the gathering purposely to enhance networking exchange.

For his part, Gov. Bonifacio Lacwasan, Jr. commended the MPSPC for spearheading the conduct of the first-ever international forum on IP empowerment, saying that Mountain Province is the fitting venue of the activity because of the rich culture, history and traditions of the people where the cultural immersion event will be suitable.

He added that the conduct of the international gathering will be timely considering the expected influx of visitors wanting to actively participate in the celebration of the province’s Lang-ay festival, one of the well-attended crowd drawing events in the region through the years.

Lacwasan said the provincial government will do its part to guarantee the successful staging of the activities that were prepared by the organizers for the international gathering.



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Mt. Province Destinations

Alab Petroglyph

The Alab Petroglyph is a huge rock formation that was inscribed with bows and arrows and is believed to have contained the ancient fertility rites of natives.

Backstrap and Loom weaving Houses ( Samoki Weaving)

This is where one can see an actual weaving by the locals. Tourists can come to this place for a photo-op and a chance to try their hand at weaving. Souvenirs can also be bought at these houses.

Bay-yo Rice Terraces

Bay-yo Rice Terraces are a smallet type of terraces that is spectacular to look at for tourists.

Bomod-ok Falls

Cascading white water and with a forceful might sending sprays of water that even on a hot day gives you an idea of just how freezingly-cold the pool at the bottom of the falls is truly a majestic sight to behold.

Bontoc Village Museum

It features a range of artifacts crafted by the Igorots for domestic purposes, to be used for traditional celebrations or practices. Inside the museum, one could appreciate the distinct richness of the Igorot's way of life.

Mt. Amuyao

The 8th highest peak in the Philippines with an elevation of 2,702 meters above sea level. Its summit provides its climbers a breathtaking panoram of Mountain Province, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao and Cagayan Valley.

Mt. Clitoris (Tadian)

This is a sacred mountain regardless of its name. Standing proudly and serenely over 3 villages, this conical-shaped land mass is said to be home to some enchanted eels.

Mountain Province Trade Center

A mini-shopping center managed by the Department of Trade and Industry where skillfully crafted indigenous products are sold.

Sagada Hanging Coffins

Having their coffins hangng at the limestone sliffs is an imrtant tribal custom that thee locals have complied with through hundred of years.

Sumaguuing Caves

Two hundred fifty or so steps down a slipery trail, one can reach the Sumaguing Cave. This is one of the Philippines famous spelunking sites, it is a spectacular place to go to for the adventorous soul.