THE United Nations Development Program (UNDP) plans to bring into the mainstream the knowledge system of indigenous peoples to benefit the local government units (LGUs) in the Asia-Pacific region.
This development came after the UNDP said that globalization and rapid development of information technology over the past two decades had marginalized the knowledge system of millions of indigenous people in the entire region.
The UNDP in Manila is hosting a three-day regional workshop on “Mainstreaming Indigenous Knowledge Systems in Local Governance in the Asia Pacific” on October 14 to 16 at the Astoria Plaza in Ortigas, Pasig City.
Director Marivel C. Sacendoncillo of the Local Government Academy of the Department of the Interior and Local Governments said outputs of the workshop will be integrated into the policy reforms on governance in the Philippines and other Asia-Pacific countries.
The workshop is part of the 10-week governance-reform campaign of a multisectoral group composed of key government agencies, the private sector, civil-society organizations, the UNDP and other international development agencies.
Dubbed as “10 to 10,” the campaign seeks to dramatize the need for collective action for reforms. With the overall theme “Engaging the People and Communities: Advancing Governance Reforms Toward the Realization of the Millennium Development Goals,” the campaign seeks to work within the 10-point agenda of President Arroyo in achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
The 10-point agenda of the President include the promotion of good governance policies, fighting corruption, giving access to the justice system to the poor and marginalized, eradicating poverty as well as political and electoral reform.