Locating Local Researches: Processes, Challenges, and Issues as Departure Points For Local Policies

Authors: Mild R. Hombrebueno, Loreta Vivian R. Galima (Nueva Vizcaya State University, The Philippines)
Speaker: Mild R. Hombrebueno
Topic: Language, Community, Ethnicity
The GLOCAL CALA 2022 General Session


The purpose of this methodological inquiry is to critically examine the processes, challenges and issues in indigenous researches vis-a-vis the research ethical guidelines such as the Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC), Data Privacy Act of 2012 (DPA 2012), National Ethical Guidelines for Health and Health Related Issues (NEGHR 2017) as well as the CHED Memo Series of 2016.

This paper tries to locate local experiences on indigenous researches and anchor these cross-cutting issues on bigger structures of society. Sikolohiyang Pilipino’s pagtatanung-tanong and pagpapakuwento were used to draw narratives from the participants. Salient points on paticipants’ narratives were then compared, contrast and argued with the different guidelines on ethics of researches. Based on the thematic analysis, FPIC, DPA 2012, NEGHR 2017 have good intentions in protecting “human subjects” but there are processes and provisions that may require further clarifications such as written consent in doing research, monetary value of one’s participation and the like.

Given these challenges faced in conducting indigenous researches, this study recommends an autonomy body- a university ethical board that protects and promotes indigenous researches; where the integrity and highest moral standards in conducting researches are in proper context.

Keywords: Indigenous researches, university emancipation, ethical guidelines