BAGUIO CITY – The National Commission for the Culture and Arts (NCCA) conducted a training on ethnographic research to the University of Baguio Alumni Foundation Inc. (UBAFI) in coordination with the University of Baguio (UB) and Baguio Central University (BCU), at the BCU Function Hall along Bonifacio St. on April 15.
The training “Immortalizing the Indigenous Peoples’ Culture through Research” aimed at equipping 60 public teachers in Baguio City and Benguet with the fundamental knowledge and skills in conducting cultural researches for them to appreciate research-based indigenous education.
Perfecto Lopez, Vice-president for Administration of UB welcomed the participants while Rhoda Galangco, Director of Quality Assurance Office of UB gave the overview of the project. Galangco reminded the participants the “Cordillera is rich in material and non-material culture. Pursuant to Indigenous Peoples Education, teachers are encouraged to conduct research beyond action research.”
Furthermore, Brian Flores, Program Chair in Political Science in UB provided an overview on ethnographic research attesting that ethnographic study demands a lot of time and finances considering strict ethical processes, yet it is fulfilling.
On the other hand, Galangco lectured on cultural mapping and a workshop and presentation of outputs in cultural mapping concluded the capability-building activity.
By Jardson S. Onio