Siquijor State College and DOST Siquijor PSTC conducted a series of community education workshops on traditional health practices and sessions on training seminar on intellectual property rights as part of the research paper conducted by SSC. The event took place on 3 different barangays Candanay Norte, Pasihagon and Luyang in the municipality of Siquijor where traditional health practices had been widely practiced and where there is abundant source of traditional health medicines.
Siquijor State College through its project leader Dr. Josel Mansueto organized the event and supported by DOST Siquijor PSTC through PSTD Engr. Mario de la Peña.
As part of the education, transparency and acquisition of consent to share the information to the public, a community education workshop on community health was organized with communities involved.
On another development, the local community were taught on the basics of intellectual property rights and were explained how these law can be applied to the traditional health practices. Atty. Gilbert Arbon, PSTD of DOST Negros Oriental, served as the resource speaker who gave a presentation on the said topic.
After the discussion, Dr. Mansueto along with project assistants showed to the local community the output of their research during the “pangalap season”. The community were then explained to give their consent to publish or not to publish relevant information pertaining to the traditional medicines located in their community. Dr. Mansueto explained that the team needed the approval of the local healers and the community to post the information on the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library on Health. In the end, the folk healers and the local community agreed to publish the needed information to the internet.
To note, SSC is currently conducting the 2nd phase of the research on Folk Healing Practices of Siquijor: Documentation of Philippine Traditional Knowledge and Practices on Health and Development of Traditional Knowledge Digital Library on Health. DOST- Philippine Council for Health Research and Development funded the said research.
written by: Engr. Reinhold Jek Abing, Science Research Analyst/Info Officer-designate