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Establishing a school of indigenous knowledge and tradition(sikat) in Iligan City

CITY ORDINANCE NO. 05 –4745

Republika ng Pilipinas
LUNSOD NG ILIGAN
Tanggapan ng Sangguniang Panlungsod
REGULAR SESSION HELD ON APRIL 12, 2005

PRESENT:
Hon. Henry C. Dy,
Hon. Providencio P. Abragan, Sr., Hon. Vicente F. Belmonte, Jr.,
Hon. Chonilo O. Ruiz,
Hon. Alfredo R. Busico,
Hon. Moises G. Dalisay, Jr.,
Hon. Ruderic C. Marzo,
Hon. Bienvenido V. Badelles,
Hon. Orlando M. Maglinao,
Hon. Wilfredo R. Bacareza,
Hon. Voltaire I. Rovira,
Hon. Bernard Y. Pacaña,
Hon. Hannah M. Quijano, *
ABSENT:
(NONE)
* – Out during the deliberation
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Presiding Officer
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RESOLUTION NO. 05-359

 WHEREAS, the adoption and the onslaught of western cultures and the forces of modernity endanger the existence of indigenous cultural communities of Iligan City in particular and the country in general;
WHEREAS, bordered by the Maranao dominated Provinces of Lanao del Sur and to the lesser extent Lanao del Norte and Bukidnon where the latter has considerable number of Higaonons, it is not surprising that from the dawn of Iligan’s history, they became the first settlers of Iligan City;
WHEREAS, the coming of the Christians who settled in the coastal areas of the city whose culture and religious beliefs are different from the original settlers, constrained a number of Maranaos and Higaonons to move and settle in the hinterland barangays of Iligan, with their culture, traditions and norms intact but threatened by change. Threat of cultural extinction is also true to all other cultural communities in the Philippines and the world, thus the need to protect culture through education;
WHEREAS, on December 1997, a core group of participants from various regions and faiths gathered for the first National Trainers Training (NTT) to share and build visions for a national network of cultural workers and community educators, thus the birth of School of Indigenous Knowledge and Tradition (SIKAT);
WHEREAS, indigenous education is founded on the lifeways, traditions, world view, culture and spirituality of the native community as a basic right of all indigenous people. Indigenous education ensures that the curriculum for the study of science, history, and society, culture and arts reflects and responds to the genuine welfare and development of indigenous people;
 (Page 2 of Res. No. 05-359)
WHEREAS, SIKAT is born on the belief that indigenous education is a strong pillar for empowerment. For the tribes to survive, SIKAT transmits the wealth of tribal heritage through generations, while observing the ways of learning and integrates systems of knowledge that will further enrich and strengthen learning experience. It encourages students who take pride and with full faith in their culture and lifeways as indigenous people to learn in their own languages, maintain strong positive values, sustain community life cycles and events and protect their identity and rights as indigenous people. It will also inspire them to serve and develop their communities, protect the environment, their skills and craftsmanship in traditional arts which mirror the wealth and integrity on the cultures of their ancestors, parents and tribal kin;
WHEREAS, in as much that the city wants to protect and revitalize Higaonon and Maranao cultures and traditions that are gradually eroding, there was this proposal to establish a SIKAT in the city;
WHEREFORE, on joint motion of Members Wilfredo R. Bacareza and Bienvenido V. Badelles, duly seconded by Members Chonilo O. Ruiz and Orlando M. Maglinao;
BE IT RESOLVED, AS IT HEREBY RESOLVED, By the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Iligan, that the following City Ordinance be, as it is hereby ADOPTED and APPROVED:
CITY ORDINANCE NO. 05 –4745
AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING A SCHOOL OF INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE AND TRADITION (SIKAT) IN ILIGAN CITY.
Be it ordained by the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Iligan in its session assembled, that:
SECTION 1. Establishment and Name of School. – There is hereby established a School of Indigenous Knowledge and Tradition (SIKAT) in Iligan City, to be known as SIKAT-Iligan.
SECTION 2. Mayor’s Authority to Enter Into and Sign a Memorandum of Agreement with Asian Council for People’s Culture (ACPC). –The Honorable City Mayor of Iligan City is hereby authorized by this ordinance to enter into and sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Asian Council for People’s Culture (ACPC) – SIKAT for the establishment of a SIKAT in Iligan City.
SECTION 3. Construction of a School of Indigenous Knowledge and Tradition (SIKAT-Iligan)Building. – The City Government shall purchase, lease or set aside a lot, preferably, a city government-owned lot in areas where indigenous people reside, as site for the SIKAT-Iligan school building. Funding for the construction of the said building shall be drawn from the City Government Special Education Fund (SEF).
 (Page 3 of Res. No. 05-359)
SECTION 4. Funding Requirements. – The funding requirements for the salary of teachers, learning materials, and other expenses of the SIKAT-Iligan shall initially be drawn from the budget of the City Mayor’s Office. Thereafter, it shall be included in the Annual General Fund Budget of the City Government. This will not however constraint, the City Mayor to negotiate, to enter into and accept any form of grants, aids, donations, financial assistance and whatsoever legal, from non-governmental organizations, foreign and or domestic sources.
SECTION 5. Repealing Clause. – All ordinances, resolutions, circulars, memoranda, or rules and regulations inconsistent with the provisions of this ordinance are hereby repealed and modified accordingly.
SECTION 6. Separability Clause. – If any reason, any portion or provision of this ordinance is declared unconstitutional or invalid, the other sections or provisions hereof which are not affected thereby shall continue in full force and effect.
SECTION 7. Effectivity. – This Ordinance shall take effect ten (10) days after the publication of a local newspaper.
(VOTING BY ROLL CALL: ABRAGAN, “Yes”; BELMONTE, “Yes”; RUIZ, “Yes”; BUSICO, “Yes”; DALISAY, “Yes”; MARZO, “Yes”; BADELLES, “Yes”; MAGLINAO, “Yes”; BACAREZA, “Yes”; ROVIRA, “Out”; PACAÑA, “Yes” and QUIJANO, “Out”).
CARRIED unanimously by the members present.
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The undersigned hereby attests to the adoption of the foregoing as verified to by the Member-Authors.
ATTY. ARTHUR LL. PADILLA
Secretary to the Sanggunian
VERIFIED:

WILFREDO R. BACAREZA BIENVENIDO V. BADELLES
Member, co–author Member, co–author
CERTIFIED:
HENRY C. DY
City Vice Mayor, Presiding Officer
APPROVED: _______________LAWRENCE LL. CRUZ
City Mayor