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DECEMBER 26, 2011 DO 103, S.

2011 – CREATION OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES EDUCATION OFFICE (IPSEO)

December 26, 2011

DO 103, s. 2011

Creation of Indigenous Peoples Education Office (IPsEO)

To: Undersecretaries

Assistant Secretaries

Bureau Directors

Directors of Services, Centers and Heads of Units

Regional Directors

Schools Division / City Superintendents

All Others Concerned

The Indigenous Peoples Rights Act of 1997 also known as the Republic Act (RA) No. 8371 mandates all
government agencies to recognize and promote the rights of Indigenous Cultural
Communities/Indigenous Peoples (ICCs/IPs) within the framework of national unity and development.

Using this RA as the legal basis, the Department of Education (DepEd) issued the DepEd Order No. 62, s.
2011 entitled National Indigenous Peoples Education Policy Framework, to serve as an instrument for
promoting shared accountability, continuous dialogue, engagement and partnership among government,
IPs communities, civil society and other education stakeholders in upholding the IPs Learners’ education
rights.

To operationalize the said Indigenous Peoples framework, the DepEd felt the need to establish a
mechanism for the mobilization, implementation and coordination of all programs and projects of this
Department pertaining to IPs Education. Accordingly, the Creation of the IPs Education Office (IPsEO) is
important to ensure continued delivery of quality education to the IPs Learners.

The IPsEO shall perform the following specific functions:

Act as the focal point for DepEd in planning, implementing, coordinating and monitoring of activities
related to IPs Education;

Develop and recommend policy standards and actions to DepEd management to enhance DepEd’s
implementation of education initiatives for the IPs Learners;
Initiate and coordinate cooperation and collaborative activities with the national government agencies
(NGAs), non-government organizations (NGOs) and civil society groups (CSGs), Indigenous People’s
Organizations, Private Business Organizations (PBOs)/Corporate Foundations, Academic Institutions and
other inter-agency and cluster groupings concerned with IPs Education; and

Serve as clearinghouse for all IPs Education related transactions including production and issuance of
modules, indigenized curriculum, and other related materials.

The IPsEO shall be under the functional direction of the Undersecretary for Programs and Projects. The
DepEd shall engage the services of the Project Development Officers (PDOs) on a contractual basis to
serve as technical personnel/assistants in the IPsEO.

This DepEd Order shall take effect immediately.

Immediate dissemination of and compliance with this Order is directed.

Reference:

DepEd Order: (No. 62, s. 2011)

To be indicated in the Perpetual Index under the following subjects:

BUREAUS & OFFICES

HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION

POLICY

PROGRAMS

PROJECTS

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AUGUST 8, 2011 DO 62, S. 2011 – ADOPTING THE NATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES (IP) EDUCATION
POLICY FRAMEWORK

August 8, 2011

DO 62, s. 2011

Adopting the National Indigenous Peoples (IP) Education Policy Framework

To: Undersecretaries
Assistant Secretaries Bureau Directors

Directors of Services, Centers and Heads of Units

Regional Directors

Schools Division / City Superintendents

Heads, Public and Private Elementary and Secondary Schools All

Others Concerned

1. In line with the country’s commitment to achieve its Education for All (EFA) targets and the Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs), and in pursuit of the Basic Education Sector Reform Agenda (BESRA), the
Department of Education (DepEd) is adopting the enclosed National Indigenous Peoples Education Policy
Framework. It was prepared in consultation with the representatives from Indigenous Peoples (IP)
communities, civil society, and other government agencies.

2.This Policy Framework is intended to be an instrument for promoting shared accountability, continuous
dialogue, engagement, and partnership among government, IP communities, civil society, and other
education stakeholders. Recognizing education as a necessary means to realize other human rights and
fundamental freedoms, the DepEd urges the strengthening of its policy on IP education and develop and
implement an IP Education Program. This Program subscribes to the rights-based approach which gives
primary importance to the principles of participation, inclusion, and empowerment.

3. Many IP communities continue to lack access to decent basic social services; they have limited
opportunities to engage in the mainstream economy, and suffer social, economic, and political exclusion
marginalization. A major factor contributing to their disadvantaged position is the lack of access to
culture-responsive basic education. Thus, the right of indigenous peoples to education is provided in the
1987 Philippine Constitution, the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) of 1997, and the numerous
international human rights instruments, especially in the United Nations (UN) Declaration on the Rights
of Indigenous Peoples (2007).

4.Immediate dissemination of and compliance with this Order is directed. BR. ARMIN A. LUISTRO FSC
(signed)

Secretary
Encl.:

As stated

Reference:

None

To be indicated in the Perpetual Index under the following subjects:

HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION

POLICY

PROGRAMS

DO No. 62, s. 2011

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