A resolution crafted by Anti-Crime and Terrorism Community Involvement and Support (ACT-CIS) Partylist Representative Eric Yap, asking the Department of Education (DepEd) for an explanation about modules reportedly maligning Igorots, is set to be filed this week.
The congressman cited the photos circulating that show particular pages of the modules portraying Igorots in a humiliating manner.
“I strongly condemn these photos circulating online. It is unbelievable that these made their way to the learning modules of our students,” said Yap, Benguet’s caretaker in the House of Representatives.
“What message are we sending our students reading these? Okay lang na ma-bully ang bata dahil sa kanyang anyo? Okay lang ma-discriminate dahil sa kasuotan? Sa murang edad ng mga estudyante, ito ang ituturo natin? If we do not act on this, the day will come that our heritage and culture in Cordillera will die a natural death because it will be perceived as something that we should be ashamed of. We will not allow that to happen,” Yap said.
In response to the allegation, Estela Cariño, DepEd-Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) Regional Director, has urged the public to report incorrect notions or information, including faulty modules.
“When a wrong concept keeps repeated, this might be accepted as the truth that is why we need to respond to it right away and for those responsible to correct it immediately,” Cariño said. “I am an Igorot and proud of it and we need to respond to such issues and not keep mum about it.”