Indigenous Peoples community rooted in their culture and equipped to face the challenges of globalization
We, the IPs of Carranglan, San Jose and Pantabangan commit to revive and appreciate our cultural heritage and to be open to learn new things without losing our IPness.
Director: Rev. Fr. Lloyd Nepomuceno - present
There are four tribes who came to the Diocese of San Jose, Nueva Ecija as migrants from northern parts of Baguio City, Ifugao and Benguet Province. They squatted at the mountainous parts of Carranglan, San Jose City, Lupao and Pantabangan. They are mostly Kalanguyas, Ibaloys, Kankanaeys, Bontocs and Ifugao. There are 23 identified tribal communities in the diocese.
Groups of Canossian Sisters stayed for a month with the IP community in Salazar, Carranglan for two consecutive summers (April-Ma 1991-1992) for organizing the community with the support of Fr. Nestor E. Romano, the parish priest of Carranglan at that time.
Contact building and data gathering were done during the initial stage of the program. One diocesan tribal worker who acts as IP organizer came from the Ibaloy tribe: Mrs. Soledad D. Katy. She built up the trust of the tribes since she was a former Barangay Health Worker (BHW). The standard courtesy calls to the barangay officials as well as tribe chieftains were done. A series of visitations, exposures and immersions had been done by the Tribal Apostolate.
The Tribal Apostolate Sector of the diocese had been formally organized in 1998. Sr. Michaela V. Gotangco, FdCC took the task of systematizing the sector in line with the Vision Mission of the diocese. Special credit is given to Bishop Leo M. Drona, SDB, DD for his untiring support and enthusiasm to realize that the “katutubo” in the diocese be given special and particular attention to become basic human/ecclesial communities for the leaders to be empowered. Special support too, by the director of the Social Action Commission of the diocese, Fr. Cesar C. Vergara and the staff of the Social Action Center- Gratia Plena for their moral and technical assistance to the sector and the program. The Socio-Pastoral Institute helped to facilitate the process of realizing the program with AMA as the mediating agency and the guiding institute of the Diocese of San Jose, Nueva Ecija.
The staff of the commission then oriented the IPs of the objective of the diocesan work to build basic human/ecclesial communities. After orientation, data gathering through the process of Rural Rapid Appraisal (RRA) took place.
IDENTIFICATION OF CORE LEADERS
Leaders of tribal communities underwent several seminar-workshops (i.e. Self-awareness, Team Building, Leadership Seminars) to empower them. They also underwent the primary modules of the diocese’s basic formation program: Paglilinang ng Lupa 1, 2, and 3.
The following Canossian Sisters were assigned to the Indigenous Peoples Apostolate:
1991- Sr. Julia M. Unlatan, FdCC
1996, 2000-2004 – Sr. Juanita V. Bituin, FdCC
1997 – Sr. Editha B. Tan, FdCC
1998 – Sr. Michaela V. Gotangco, FdCC
1999 – Sr. Anita M. Jaurigue, FdCC
2004-2007 – Sr. Nancy P. Tagle, FdCC
2007-2008 – Sr. Benita Esguerra, FdCC
2008- 2013 – Sr. Anita M. Jaurigue, FdCC
Present – Sr. Julia Untalan, FdCC
A. Desired Goals and Objectives
B. Programs and Activities