NCIP launches project 'Epanaw'

Atty. Cynthia Tablang, NCIP 2's Regional Hearing Officer, presents the rationale of the project "Epanaw". (PIA) 

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, March 22 (PIA) -- The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) has launched the project "Epanaw" which highlighted the production of three coffee table books that feature Indigenous Cultural Communities/ Indigenous Peoples (ICC/IP) lives, cultures, traditions, rituals, festivals and tourism destinations within their ancestral domains. 

Lawyer Cynthia Tablang, regional hearing officer of NCIP Region 2, said "Epanaw" means journey and it signifies the long road that ethnic culture has been treading on from time immemorial, and the rest of the way which will still be taken by the future generations of indigenous peoples. 

"The project was created mainly to preserve the ethnic culture of the indigenous peoples in the entire country including, of course, the various ethnic groups in our own region," Tablang said. 

The first volume is entitled "Pagkilala" with the objective of engaging the public in recognizing the lives and the land of the ICCs/IPs. 

The second volume is "Paggalang" which indulges public respect to the rituals, traditions, customary laws, justice systems, and culture of ICCs/IPs, while the third volume is "Pagtaguyod" for the promotion of the tourist destinations, the care for the protected areas, and resource investment in the ancestral domains for peace and development. 

Lawyer Maria Rosario Mamba-Villaflor, chief of staff of Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba, assured the government's support towards the preservation and development of the ICCs/IPs communities in the province. 

Atty. Ma. Rosario M. Villaflor, chief of staff of PLGU Cagayan, receives a copy of the Project Epanaw coffee table books from Atty. Cynthia Tablang, NCIP regional hearing officer. (PIA) 

She said that the Governor values and appreciates the life, culture, and practices of the ethnic cultural groups in the province and always includes them in the province's development agenda. 

On her part, Fanibeth Domingo, officer-in-charge of the Department of Tourism, expressed gladness for engaging the ICCs/IPs to promote tourism destinations, taking into consideration that majority of the tourist spots in Cagayan Valley are located within the ancestral domains of the Region's ethnic groups. 

Part of the project launching is the opening of a photo exhibit at the Robinsons Mall this city which features various ethnic cultural groups in the entire country. (JCK/OTB/PIA 2-Cagayan) 

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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