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dedicated to the indigenous peoples in the Philippines. Launched on October 13, 2006, it is said to be the first institution that offers tertiary education exclusively for Indigenous People. It is the first of its kind in the country and the first in Asia. The center can be found in University of Southeastern Philippines Mintal campus, as it is described as a campus within a campus. Pamulaan, the learning center, was founded by Benjamin Abadiano, an anthropologist, former Jesuit scholastic and 2004 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Emergent Leadership. It counts among its partner-supporters the National Commission for Indigenous People, Assisi Development Foundation, Cartwheel Foundation, Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation, the Holy Spirit Sisters Mission, the Ilawan Volunteer and Leadership Center and IP organizations and communities. Pamulaan’s name was derived from a Lumad-Matigsalog term meaning seedbed. The term is used to stress the programs commitment to root the development of the students in the realities of their life and culture. They have a Mission and Vision: Pamulaan Vision A premier institution for higher learning of the IPs that seeks to develop empowered leaders and development workers committed to the tasks of building sustainable communities and in promoting the IP rights to life, land, self-government and cultural integrity. Pamulaan Mission
The IP College Education is committed to the following: Strengthen Indigenous youths’ capacity for community leaderships; Empower the Indigenous youth towards sustainable living; Enable youth through culturebased relevant & holistic learning; and Deepen indigenous youths commitment to a just and peaceful society. They have a logo that depicts the program’s approach to learning, which is integrative and holistic -- one that develops the Indigenous People faculties and abilities to the fullest. The young plant depicts the continuing growth offered by education. The leaves of the new plants symbolize the five (5) major aspects of human life: Social, Political, Economics, Cultural and Spiritual; areas to hone and cultivate in all learners. The Pamulaan Center’s curriculum and methods of teaching are based on the indigenous people’s traditions, beliefs, and culture. It stresses on the eight elements of an Indigenous People’s Education System: (1) valuing indigenous education, (2) promoting cultural integrity, (3) valuing land and environment, (4) employing holistic and integrative learning process, (5) enhancing creative and analytical thinking, (6) promoting the value of service and volunteerism, (7) promoting peace and community-building and (8) promoting empowerment and people’s participation. The Pamulaan students are 100% scholars. They do not pay for board and lodging, tuition, books and miscellaneous expenses. They all come with their respective communities’ recommendation, moral support, as well as expectations that they will finish and go back to their people. They are provided with a quarter, a dorm inside the campus. Although they have their living quarters, library and special facilities within their special campus in USEP, they are enrolled in basic subjects taught in the main campus. They interact with non-IP students every day. But Pamulaan students take special subjects which are necessary for their work later. Among these subjects are anthropology and the development and history of Mindanao. They do their practicum in their places of origin.
The Pamulaan’s main thrust is to create culturally appropriate and relevant pathways of training and formation for indigenous children, youth, community leaders, and development workers. The center hopes to produce graduates equipped with knowledge and abilities to initiate collaborative actions towards sustainable development of Indigenous People communities. Problem Since Pamulaan is consisted of different tribes, what language (medium) are they using for them to understand each other? (Especially those who are new.) Discussion Since Pamulaan is consisted of different tribes, what language (medium) are they using for them to understand each other? A question answered by the respondent so easily. She responded, “Filipino, English or Bisaya”. But she elaborated that Bisaya is not used as often as Filipino. “Ang Bisaya language, kasagaran familiar lang sa mga gikan sa Mindanao and Visayas only”. She explained that Bisaya language is only familiar to those from Mindanao and Visayas only. “Gikan man mi sa nagkalain-lain na part sa Philippines”, she added, that they were from different parts of the Philippines. “Ang nindot kay kabalo man mi na gikan mi nag-elementary ug hi-school, bisan pa lain lain nga tribo pa kami gikan, so mag-assume jud mi na kabalo tanan at least mag-Tagalog or English.” She further explained that what was common to them is that they know that all of them at least have attended Primary and Secondary Education; though all of them came from different tribes. It is a fact that they gain knowledge of the Filipino and English language from the subjects thought in Primary and Secondary Education stages. But they are able to communicate more effectively using the Filipino Language. It is simply because it is a national language in Philippines that almost everybody try to learn so whenever they encounter people speaking other language or dialect, they can immediately switch code to Filipino.
Being able to learn a language that one knows are common to multitude seems to be obligatory to most people now, especially we are in a fast moving world. Communicating is important as breathing for we need to understand how others do, as well as we need ourselves to be understood. Like it was once said by Ludwig Wittgenstein; “The limits of my language means the limits of my world.”
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