“Advocates who run educational institutions for indigenous peoples deserve admiration but this was far from what Ramcy Astoveza got when he started operating such school decades ago.
Astoveza, who runs the Sentrong Paaralan ng mga Agta in Quezon and Aurora, said he and his companions were accused of maintaining a training ground for New People’s Army rebels in the 1970s.
When the Department of Education (DepEd) finally recognized his schools are legitimate learning institutions, Astoveza could not help but shed tears of joy.
“At last, we got the recognition. We have been waiting for this for more than 30 years,” the tribe leader said in a statement released by DepEd.”