Indigenous people in South Cotabato to present policy declaration of the use of tnalak and tabih cloth

Koronadal City—-In celebration of the Indigenous People’s Month this October, IP representatives  expressed to validate the proposed policy declaration to protect traditional cloth like tnalak and tabih, Henry Malida, tribal leader and a legislative staff of Provincial Board Member and IPMR Edgar Sambog, in a press conference earlier.

” The proposed policy declaration on tnalak and tabih is one of the highlights of the IP month celebration in South Cotabato,” Malida confirmed.

The proposed declaration will help indigenous communities lead to stronger opportunities and sustainable development of the tribal cloth of the province. This will also protect the craft and tradition from the perils of a growing industry.

South Cotabato is home to two government recognized master dreamweavers Lang Dulay (tnalak) and Fu Yabing Masalon Dulo (Tabih).

Malida said Provincial Board Member Sambog will present the draft of the policy during the IP Summit on October 27 in Tupi.

The summit is an annual gathering of tribal leaders in the province to discuss valuable insights about the plight of the IPs in the 21st century. This year’s guest speaker is National Commission for Indigenous People Commissioner for Central Mindanao Jennifer Cibog-Las.