The Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB) participated in “Project Epanaw” Photo Exhibit and Book Launching on April 27, 2021 at The Atrium, C3 Mall, Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur.
In the said event, Project Epanaw outputs were featured in three coffee table books that promote what the IPs can offer for peace and development. : (1) Coffee Table Book 1 contains the IP profiles that recognize them “as who they are, where they live, and why their ancestral domains are important to them”; Coffee Table Book 2 features the rituals and festivals “to be see them better and respect their way of life, rich heritage, customary laws, and their justice system; Coffee Table Book 3 features the different tourism destinations, protected areas, natural resources, and critical infrastructures found within their ancestral domain.
The activities included round table discussion of issues and concerns initiated by the National Commission for Indigenous People (NCIP). The said project aims to support President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration to protect the rights of the Indigenous People.