TABUK CITY, Kalinga – During the anti-drug symposium and youth empowerment in Barangay Nambucayan, the issue of not recognizing the importance of the indigenous core values of “paniyaw”, “ngilin” and “bain” among the youth sector was brought to light.
In a conversation with Ptr. John Ya-os of the City Barangay Affairs and Community Relations Office (CBACRO), he stated that the three basic values, should not be overlooked because they guide people on what to believe and how to behave in different situations. People also make better decisions for themselves and those around them when they embrace these beliefs.
Ya-os is saddened by the fact that today’s youth are unfamiliar with indigenous basic principles, leaving them open to poor judgments and acts.
When asked what are the possible causes why the youth fail to practice these core values, he noted three reasons.
For starters, the act is premeditated, and the youth are uninterested in learning more about it. Second, the parents of these children do not discuss this issue with their children, especially when they are too preoccupied with their jobs. Third, schools do not adequately explain this notion in a way that allows students to grasp it.
Concerned by the situation, Ya-os suggests that the three core indigenous values be recovered through information dissemination, as the CBACRO is doing, and that parents make an effort to talk about this with their children, and that teachers discuss this subject matter in Araling Panlipunan classes when possible.
Ya-os clarified that not all members of the youth sector, and parents refuse to learn and embody the “paniyaw (respect to law of God and men)”, “ngilin (spirituality in human life)” and “bain (sense of shame)” as there are still individuals who respect and nurture these values even in a place of diverse tribes and ethnicity like Tabuk.
The CBACRO is going the extra mile in lecturing these core values in the hope of bringing harmony and peace and order in the community.