The National Archives of the Philippines (NAP) participated in the Oral History Workshop held in Putrajaya, Malaysia from 27 October to 3 November 2019. The workshop was organized by the National Archives of Malaysia and funded by the ASEAN Committee on Culture and Information (ASEAN-COCI).
The NAP was represented by Samuel John P. Cantiga, archivist from the Archives Collection and Access Division (ACAD). Dr. Alistair Thomson, professor and president of Oral History Australia, was the Resource Person for the five-day workshop.
Mr. Cantiga made a presentation on NAP’s efforts in integrating Oral History with the conduct of its Local Community Archives Project, an inclusive and participatory archival project which aims to empower stakeholders of local communities undertake archiving activities relevant to their own needs. The project is a way to encourage the local community to record their oral histories to ensure that they will be preserved for future generations.
The event served as a platform for knowledge sharing among all participants regarding topics such as the principles of oral history; best practices in preparing and conducting oral history activities; and the preservation and access of oral history records. The workshop was participated by ASEAN Member States (AMS) from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.