Indigenous Peoples’ Voices

The NCIP Pugo Community Service Center (CSC) Research Team conducted series of data gathering activities for the Participatory Action Research (PAR): SWOT Analysis for the 36 Specific IP Rights under Project Epanaw II.


The first research activity was conducted at Barangay San Luis, Pugo, La Union for the Ancestral Domain (AD) of Bago and Ibaloi Indigenous Cultural Communities (ICCs), followed by series of interviews at Barangay Cares, Pugo, La Union for the AD of Bago and Ibaloi ICCs, Barangay Delles and Libtong, Burgos, La Union for the AD of Kankanaey and Ibaloi ICCs, and Barangays Suyo and Tagudtud in Bagulin, La Union for the AD of the Kankanaey ICCs.

These activities were executed through the efforts of the NCIP Pugo CSC Research team and IP Youth Researchers/NCIP-Educational Assistance Program (EAP) grantees namely: Shy Ann J. Sixto, Ruby Jane Dongael, and Thersila C. Bangao, who interviewed several IP Leaders and IPMRs for this purpose.


The Participatory Action Research is a project of the NCIP under the direct supervision of the 8th Commission to promote a “Culture of Research” which aims to bring empowerment for IP communities especially for the younger generations to be the researchers and storytellers of their own Ancestral Domains bringing out abundant and untold life stories from members of IP communities sharing the richness of the Ancestral Domain universe.

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