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CWVS unveils IP Center, DRR-CCA Hub, Nava collection

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The Center for West Visayan Studies of the College of Arts and Sciences, UP Visayas launched the Indigenous Peoples Resource Center (IPRC) and the Disaster Risk Resource-Climate Change Adaptation (DRR-CCA) Resource Hub at the Iloilo City Campus on February 24, 2016 at the UPV Iloilo City Campus. Dr. Ma. Cecilia Locsin Nava’s library collection was also handed over to the CWVS on the same day.

The IPRC was established through the support of Senator Loren B. Legarda. As the first IPRC in the country, it is envisioned as a resource service center for the indigenous peoples, particularly for ethnographic documentation, participatory planning and capacity building for resilience and sustainable development. Prof. Jorge Ebay, CWVS Director, said that through the IPCR, the CWVS will continue to be at the forefront of efforts to promote inclusion, self-determination and development of IPs.

In her message, former Antique Governor Sally Perez- Zaldivar, who represented Sen. Loren Legarda, stated that the Senator is proud of the creation of the IP center, which she facilitated with a funding of P2M. She also announced an additional P2M for the research and collection that will be placed in the Center. She also requested the Chancellor for UPV to spearhead the creation of the Western Visayas Coffee Table Book that will be collaborated by SUCS in Western Visayas and will contain indigenous knowledge systems and practices of the IPs in the region.

On the other hand, the DRRC-CCA Resource Hub was established to respond to the need of the local governments and communities for a resource center where they can avail of technical services for risk reduction, climate change adaptation, safety and resilience. According to Ebay, the Center is gaining traction in public service and knowledge management activities in DRR and CCA through the hub. He further averred that sustained advocacy is needed for this to reach critical mass and affect the necessary change. “The opening of the hub underscores the importance of our survival as a people and the relevance of this in the protection of our culture,” said Ebay.

The hub was made possible through the support of the United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP) and the Scaling UP Resilience in Governance (SURGE) Project in Region VI led by Christian Aide, UPV Foundation, Inc. and the Iloilo CODE NGOs.

Ebay also said that the handing over of the library collection of Dr. Ma. Cecilia Locsin-Nava is a welcome development and addition to the current library resources of the CWVS. In her message, Nava emphasized that she gave her collection to CWVS because of the support it has given her when she was pursuing her Ph.D. Her collection include Ilonggo literature which document and preserve the unique West Visayan way of life.

UPV Chancellor Rommel A. Espinosa spearheaded the event and was assisted by the CAS Dean, Dr. Resurreccion Sadaba. Guests and friends of the CWVS, including IPs of Panay also joined this CWVS milestone.

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