October is the month where North America welcome the natures beauty of Fall Season. Whereas in the Philippines, it is also the month for Indigenous People. To celebrate the whole month of October every year. Educating each members of any institution could help understand the perspective of any Indigenous People, their struggle for life and land is not only their concern but for everyone. Indigenous People lives their life in one with nature. They are peaceful loving and caring person. They are the great protector of the our environment. Our forest land, rivers and oceans for they rely their livelihood from the resources that surrounds them. Knowing that each individual is a citizen of the world and looking at the whole picture of our Environment it is not only the Indigenous people’s concern but for everyone as we are all affected.
In the Philippines, a proclamation No.1906, s. 2009 was proclaimed, of which Republic Act No. 8371, dated October 29, 1997, known as the “Indigenous Peoples Rights Act” (IPRA) carried into effect the aforementioned Constitutional mandate; Proclamation No. 486 declaring October 29 of every year as National Indigenous Peoples Thanksgiving Day, Section 12 of Republic Act 7356 mandates the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) to encourage the continuing and balanced development of a pluralistic culture by the people; conserve and promote the nation’s historical cultural heritage; and ensure the widest dissemination of artistic and cultural products among the greatest number across the country and overseas for their appreciation and enjoyment;
Celebrating the IP Month with this theme “Pag-alabin ang Diwa ng Pagtatanggol sa Lupa, Buhay at Kalikasan.” (Inflame the Spirit of Defending the Land, Life and Nature). Each Filipino are encourage to pay respect and be responsible and taking care and preserving Mother Earth.