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Saturday, June 27, 2015

NCIP-9 chief to IP studes: Make up yourself, love your tribe

By Claro A. Lanipa

DIPOLOG CITY – “Make up yourself and love your tribe because that is where you belong,” Regional Director Timuey Woy Lim Wong of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP)-9, has challenged today the IP (indigenous peoples) college students attending the journalistic writing workshop held at Mibang Hotel this city.

Director Wong said this project, which is jointly implemented by Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-9, NCIP-9 and the US Embassy in Manila, seeks “to help you enhance your knowledge, talent and skills in writing.”

“In the market of job placement and employment today, competition is very high, so you have to compete with your peers.  If you don’t have the capability, talent and skills you will hardly find a job,” Wong said.

This is a very rare opportunity for you, because not all of the grantees under the Educational Assistance Program (EAP) of our office were called to participate in activity such as this,” Wong added.

On the other hand, Director Wong appealed to the IP students to preserve their culture. “I saw there is a continuous erosion of your culture. Many of you are no longer speaking your dialect or you do not know anymore how to speak your own dialect. So, make up yourself and preserve your tribe,” Wong challenged them.

“You cannot claim as Subanen if you do not know how to speak Subano. You need to, so that you will feel your belongingness to your tribe. Please learn how to love your tribe,” Wong concluded.