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BCPCH-LDS takes pride in SLT skill training program

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur (PIA)--The Bangsamoro Commission for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage-Lanao del Sur (BCPCH-LDS) proudly celebrated the successful completion of the Schools of Living Traditions (SLT) skill training program at the Meranaw Cultural Heritage, this city, on September 26, 2023.

As part of their mandate to preserve and promote Bangsamoro culture, the BCPCH-LDS conducted the SLT skills training program in langkit-weaving, baor making, and tiyatheg cooking in Marawi City and the municipality of Tugaya.

BCPCH-LDS Commissioner Robert Alonto said they conducted the SLT skills training to prevent the gradual disappearance of culture brought by modernization, globalization, and the influence of foreign cultures. 

He said this is also a strategy of their office to present the culture to the youth of today's generation.

"This [preservation of cultural heritage] is not merely compliance with the mandate of BCPCH-LDS but a tip commitment to it. A commitment inherent in our continuing effort to entrench our Bangsamoro identity and right to self-determination," he said.

Alonto added they will expand the preservation of culture and promotion of Bangsamoro products and traditions, such as traditional Moro metallurgy, traditional arts, sports, music, and traditional literature.

The Commissioner also expressed his gratitude to their partners in conducting the SLT skill training as he believes their program will not be successful without their support.

Meanwhile, Lanao del Sur Provincial Tourism Office Supervising Tourism Operation Officer Prince Shoudery Galo conveyed his appreciation not only to the master artisans and the trainees but also to the BCPCH-LDS for initiating the skills training program. He said that conducting the SLT skills training is needed to safeguard the culture of Bangsamoro from the effects of modernization.

"The Schools of Living Tradition is known for safeguarding the skills and knowledge that we have, and BCPCH-LDS makes use of that direction through the conduct of these series of trainings as it would somehow facilitate the transfer of unique skills of knowledge especially to the women and the youth," said Galo. 

He also shared that the Lanao del Sur Tourism Office will continue to support the aspirations and programs of BCPCH-LDS and help to uplift people's socio-economic welfare. (JND/PIA-10/Lanao del Sur)

Bangsamoro Commission for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage-Lanao del Sur Commissioner Robert Alonto delivers his welcome address speech and congratulatory message to the master artisans and the trainees for the success of the schools of living traditions skill training program. (MJP/PIA-10/Lanao del Sur)

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