On October 21, 2022, Environmental Management Bureau- Cordillera Administrative Region celebrated the Indigenous Peoples Month and the 25th Year of the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act with the theme “25 Years: Fulfilling the Indigenous Peoples Rights and Bridging the Gaps through ICCs/IPs Convergence with Partners and Stakeholders to ensure Economic Sustainability and Security in the Ancestral Domains.”

The activity was conducted through “Watwat” Festival by butchering pigs, featuring the Cordilleran delicacies such as the boiled pork meat known as “Watwat”, boiled camote “lokto” and banana “Dippig” as a way to promote and preserve the culinary tradition in the Cordillera. The bureau showcased environmental sustainability through the use of banana tree trunk, “ubbak” as their plates during the feast. The employees also donned their Cordilleran-inspired attires and actively participated in the cultural dance with the playing of gongs known as “Gangsa.”

 During the opening message, Regional Director Ma. Victoria V. Abrera said that, “Despite our cultural differences, we come as one to see, to respect and to value Filipino traditions by knowing and accentuating the goodness of it. Despite the evolution of time, we strive to preserve and protect these cultures in the same way that we sustain our environment.”

Lecture on proper wearing of Cordilleran ethnic attires were also conducted for additional information of the employees in observance with the bureau’s program on wearing these Cordilleran ethnic attires every month of July for Cordillera Month and October for Indigenous Month celebration. With this intervention, the EMB-CAR aims to promote cultural awareness among the employees and ensure equal and efficient participation in taking care of the environment through the recognition of the cultural diversity and practices of the Cordillerans