The office is created to support the United Nations Development Programme Philippine (Global Goal) which ensures inclusive and equitable quality education and promotes lifelong learning opportunities (4.5.1) that further highlights parity indices for all education indicators. Second, the Zero Extreme Poverty (ZEP) 2030 Philippine Sustainable Development Goals. Central to ZEP2030 is the inclusion of Indigenous Peoples Education; the goal requires a set of intervention that will ensure access to formal and non-formal education, quality and relevance of education and opportunities leading to gainful employment and self-employment and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), which has given mandates to ensure the rights and welfare of indigenous communities, embedded to this is the protection of the culture of indigenous communities which includes supporting access to education.


Goals & Objectives


 Knowledge hub for authentic and resilient indigenous communities”



Generate traditional and scientific knowledge; Strengthen resiliency of IP communities; and Equip and engage IP clients to service providing endeavors.


This creation was made possible through President FRANCISCO GIL N. GARCIA, RPAE,SUC Pres IV. It was 2018 when the Board of Regents approved the proposed establishment of USM Multi-Cultural Indigenous People’s Center for Research, Education and Development (Res.No. 038, Series of 2018).  On the following year, the head of the office was appointed though notable services were given to the office by the USM IP Tome faculty researchers on the on-set of its establishment. Prior to this, there was a program that caters IP education concerns during the time for the former dean of the College of Education, Dr. Antonio A. Tarcadon. There were 13 IP students who were recipients of the program but when the program ended, no other programs were created except the IP Band named Yo’ Bawe’s e’ Dahing (The Sound of Music) with which Amme Rose L. Blonto, a new entrant to the university in 2009, a faculty from a Tboli tribal group. She lead the band primarily until two male teachers from Teduray cultural group, Magno M. Gonzales, Jr. (Percussion instrument player) and Michael Andres (The Artist), helped her lead the band which lasted for 5 years. The band stopped since their trainers sought for higher educational pursuit. Alongside, there were a number of researches conducted but there are no concrete programs to ensure and cater IP concerns. These research outputs are potential for instructional material development that supposedly would be utilized by the nearby IP communities, yet they remain dormant.

With the collaborship of the Saliling Couples, Engr. Willie Jones B. Saliling and Yvonne V. Saliling, the College of Education IPEd team, RADJI MACATABON, DYANE RHEA B. BANA-AY, MA. LEZEL P. PATARAY, JOHN P. BAYLON and PAUL JOHN B. ONGCOY, USM-KCC IP representative, MAGNO M. GONZALES, JR., and the Young IP Professionals and advocates, the office as a center for education, research and development, it has set its mark as a pioneering Indigenous Peoples Center in the University of Southern Mindanao. Moreover, the office is initially establishing connections with some faculty from the College of Arts and Social Sciences Department of Social Sciences & Political Sciences, the two language departments (English and Filipino), Institute of Sports Physical Education and Recreation. And soon it is looking to make connections to other colleges and other entities.

The office caters IPs described primarily in National Commission on Indigenous Peoples Administrative Order No. 1 (Series of 1998), Section 1, Rule II. Definition of Terms,(l), that quotes “Indigenous Cultural Communities/ Indigenous Peoples (ICCs/IPs).

Refer to a group of people or homogenous societies identified by self-ascription and ascription by others, who have continuously lived as organized community on communally bounded and defined territory, and who have, under claims of ownership since time immemorial, occupied, possessed and utilized such territories, sharing common bonds of language, customs, traditions and other distinctive cultural traits, or who have, through resistance to political, social and cultural inroads of colonization, non-indigenous religions and cultures, became historically differentiated from the majority of Filipinos. ICCs/IPs shall, likewise include peoples who are regarded as indigenous on account of their descent from the populations which inhabited the country, at the time of conquest or colonization or at the time of inroads of non-indigenous religions and cultures or the establishment of present state boundaries who retain some or all of their own social, economic, cultural and political institutions, but who may have been displaced from their traditional domains or who may have resettled outside their ancestral domains.”

Accomplishment of Report

Established MIPCRED TWG and IPED Team Special Order
Established USM IP Profile as baseline data for USM IP Programs August 2019-July 2020. Research Project of USM IP profiling.


Research Title: USM Indigenous Peoples Profile: Input to USM IP Education Desgin


Note: Profiling of USM IP Data Base (For continuous updating and development)

Forged Partnership with National Coalition on Indigenous Peoples Higher Education Memorandum of Understanding
Helped IP Earthquake Victims in partnership with Assisi Development Foundation and USEP Pictures
Initially Integrate IP Knowledge to the curriculum in response to CMO no. 2, series of 2019 with CED IPEd team researchers and CASS-DSSP representatives January-December 2020 Research project on Material Development.


Research Title: Instructional Material Development: Input to GE Course Peace and Development

Published and copyrighted 1st  Coffee Table Book of Indigenous Peoples for Blaan, Erumanen ne Menuvu, Tboli and Teduray Tribal Groups of Region 12 under former Sen. Legarda’s IP Advocacy ISBN Number:



Copyright(Application Number):


USM Celebrates Indigenous Peoples Month in partnership with the Province of Cotabato through the office of the Provincial Agriculturist(Opening)  and USEP (Culmination) October 7, 2020 Opening (FB Live Amme Rose Blonto-Nonol profile)


October 27, 2020 Culmination Video at USM Portal


IEC Development with Young IP Professionals October 8 and 9, 2020 Pictures



Presented 2 MIPCRED Studies Local (1 on-going research and 1 terminated research) and one in international conference Research Abstracts and Pictures


October 21-22, 2020- 40th Agency In-House Review



November 23-24, 2020- International Conference on Culture-Based Education and Research (Screenshot Picture of Paul John B. Ongcoy)

Supported faculty and student researchers for 2021 target research to be conducted. Faculty Researches-Validation of research and connect to IP representatives;

Student researches- Proposals

Drafted the first draft of MIPCRED’s Operational Manual Document of the Draft

(For Presentation to URDEC)


Note: The draft was proofread by IPED team to be presented to the TWG and then to URDEC

Drafted and Presented the initial draft of MIPCRED Competitive Roadmap 2022-2032 December 11, 2020 (Graduate School, USM)

Document (Draft)