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The establishment of Bukidnon Studies Center is a humble recognition and respect of the Bukidnon State University to the Manobo, Matigsalug, Tigwahanon, Umayamnon, Bukidnon, Talaandig and Higaonon Indigenous Cultural Communities/Indigenous Peoples (ICCs/IPs) who are the original inhabitants in the province of Bukidnon. For the past years, the integrity of their culture has been part of the commitment of the university, through the museum that serves as the repository of the anthropological and cultural artefacts of the ICCs/IPs.

     However, with the challenges of modernity and globalization, the university is strengthening its commitment for the recognition and respect for the culture of the ICCs/IPs, and for its preservation, protection and promotion toward culture-sensitivity, and for the delivery of the services that is culturally appropriate and responsive. This action is consistent with the provision of the 1987 Philippine Constitution that the State “shall recognize, respect and protect the rights of the indigenous cultural communities to preserve and develop their cultures, traditions and institutions” (Article XIV, Section 17), and with the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act of 1997 (Republic Act No. 8371) that the State “shall endeavor to have the dignity and diversity of the cultures, traditions, histories, and aspirations of the ICCs/IPs appropriately reflected in all forms of education, public information and cultural-educational exchange” (Section 31).

     The Bukidnon Studies Center has evolved from merely university museum to the proposal of the establishment of Indigenous Peoples (IP) Education Center, to the approval of Bukidnon Studies Center by the Board of Regents of the university. Its Office is housed in a three-story building which contains different sections.

Museum Section

The Museum section is responsible to provide platforms to enhance academic instruction by conducting relevant ethno-cultural exhibits, inter-cultural dialogue and other culture-based activities.

IP Education Section

The IP Education section is responsible to assist in the implementation of IP Education curriculum by providing technical support in the documentation and production of literature allowed by IP Communities like epic, legends, fables and the like. The conduct of capability-building for IP leaders and youth is also part of the responsibility of this section.

Bukidnon Studies Section

The Bukidnon Studies section functions in coordination with the research unit of the university in protecting the intellectual property rights (IPR) of the indigenous peoples. It provides technical assistance in the documentation and research on history and culture (health practices, justice system, belief system, etc.) of indigenous peoples; and facilitates the publishing and promoting of the output that have been validated by the IP communities.

IP Rights Advocacy

The Bukidnon Studies section functions in coordination with the research unit of the university in protecting the intellectual property rights (IPR) of the indigenous peoples. It provides technical assistance in the documentation and research on history and culture (health practices, justice system, belief system, etc.) of indigenous peoples; and facilitates the publishing and promoting of the output that have been validated by the IP communities.

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