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UPV to spearhead work on traditional knowledge systems and environment book

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) through the Office of Senator Loren Legarda has tapped the University of the Philippines Visayas to spearhead the publication of a book on traditional knowledge systems (TKS) and the environment of Panay and Guimaras Islands. The other universities that will also collaborate in the project include the Antique State University, Aklan State University, West Visayas State University, Capiz State University, and Guimaras State College.

DENR Central Office Public Affairs Director Ms. Marissa Cruz, representatives of the Office of Sen. Legard; former Antique Governor Sally Perez; and Ms. Bai Salina Pendatun met with the UPV Core Committee for the publication of the book led by Prof. Emeritus Alicia Magos and representatives of the five SUCs on April 5, 2016 at the UPV, Iloilo City campus.

The project aims to put together the core of Panay-Guimaras culture through a book that documents through comprehensive research the TKS of Panay-Guimaras and its impact on the environment. It will consist of five major themes, which include coastal and marine environment, farming practices and traditions, forest and biodiversity, arts and crafts, and literature and rituals/festivities.

Different sectors will benefit from this book, which has the following objectives:

1. Indigenous Peoples of Panay and Guimaras (Panay Bukidnon and Ati communities) - empower facets of traditions such as Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Practices (IKSP);
2. Academe and scholarly circles/SUCs - encourage more researches dealing with TKS
3. LGU and government agencies - anchor development programs/projects and public service initiatives in preserving and sustaining TKS;
4. Artists and other cultural groups - develop TKS as an inspiration in preserving art and culture in diverse human expressions
5. Tourists - appreciate the core and richness of Panay-Guimaras history and culture.

The UPV Core Committee is composed of Ms. Anna Razel L. Ramirez, Prof. Martin Genodepa, Dr. Randy Madrid, Dr. John Barrios, Ms. Joyce Christine Colon and Ms. Lucy Granada. The research work, writing and publication of the book the book will be facilitated by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension under Dr. Ricardo Babaran. (UPV-IPO)

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