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DENR VI and UPV ink MOA for book on traditional knowledge systems

The University of the Philippines Visayas signed a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) VI for the publication of a book on the traditional knowledge systems of Panay and Guimaras on August 19, 2016 at the UP High School in Iloilo Conference Room, UPV, Iloilo City campus. Regional Director Jim O. Sampulna and Chancellor Rommel A. Espinosa signed the MOA for DENR IV and UPV, respectively. Atty. Elizur Militar, DENR VI Legal Counsel and Dr. Ricardo B. Babaran, UPV Vice-Chancellor for Research and Extension witnessed the signing of the MOA.

Dubbed as “From Reef to Cliff: Panay-Guimaras Traditional Knowledge Systems for Cultural Resiliency and Sustainable Development,” the book aims at revitalizing the core of Panay-Guimaras culture. The choice of these concerns as overreaching themes is anchored on the idea of environmental protection and conservation advocated by the DENR where the ecosystem is treated holistically as a prized heritage by itself.

The project acknowledges that Traditional Knowledge Systems are vital in maintaining equilibrium in the physical, socioeconomic and cultural ecosystem since these provide frameworks in the operation of human interaction and adaptation to environment especially on the satisfaction of basic needs and utilization of resources for survival and sustainability; and that modernity and globalization have drastically altered their normal functioning.

Forest and Biodiversity (Forestry), Water Bodies and the Coastal Environment (Fisheries), Arable and Habitable Terrains (Agriculture), Sustainable Arts and Crafts (Arts and Crafts), and Environmental Rituals and Traditions (Literature and Rituals) will be the project’s five major themes.

All these themes are anchored under the umbrella of cultural resiliency and sustainable development, which aim at highlighting unique experiences and best practices of environmental protection and conservation to foster resiliency and sustainability of Traditional Knowledge Systems.

UPV will work with top state universities and Colleges (SUCs) of the different provinces in the publication of this book. Collaboration with West Visayas State University, Aklan State University, University of Antique, Capiz State University and Guimaras State College are being finalized to ensure a comprehensive research output that will form part of the book.

Dr. Alicia P. Magos, Professor Emeritus of UPV will be the main consultant of this project. The core committee for UPV is composed of Anna Razel Ramirez, Dr. John Barrios, Joyce Christine Colon, Sashah Dioso, Prof. Martin Genodepa, Dr. Randy Madrid, Ramon Ramirez and Lucy Granada.

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