Aeta in Pampanga makes history as first female Criminology board passer in their tribe

MANILA, Philippines – Lady Anne Duya from Pampanga serves as a "pride" for their tribe after becoming the first female Aeta to pass the criminology board exam.

Aeta in Pampanga makes history as first female Criminology board passer in their tribe
Photo courtesy: Lady Anne Duya/Facebook

"Aeta" refers to one of the indigenous peoples in the Philippines. They are also known as Agta, Ayta, or Ati, depending on the specific subgroup or region. The Aeta people are believed to be one of the earliest inhabitants of the Philippines, with a distinct culture, language, and way of life. They traditionally live in the mountainous and forested areas of Luzon, the largest island in the Philippines.

The Aeta people are often characterized by their short stature, dark skin, and curly hair. They traditionally practice a subsistence lifestyle, relying on hunting, gathering, and farming for their livelihoods. However, in recent years, many Aeta communities have faced challenges such as displacement from their ancestral lands, poverty, and lack of access to education and healthcare.

Efforts have been made by both governmental and non-governmental organizations to support the Aeta communities and preserve their cultural heritage. However, they continue to face various socio-economic and cultural challenges in contemporary Philippine society.

On the other hand, the degree of Criminology is typically pursued by men, but as time passes, women have proven that they are also capable of equaling or keeping pace with men on the road to becoming a police officer.

Duya, reportedly a native member of the Mag-indi or Mag-antsi tribe, passed the February 2024 Criminologist Licensure Examination (CLE).

“SALAMAT GUINO, KEKA NGAN ING KAPURIHAN . From Degree Holder to Registered Criminologist,” she said in her Facebook post.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Criminology from the Central Luzon College of Science and Technology in July 2023.

Upon her college graduation, she also garnered awards such as "Best in Thesis," "Service Awardee," and "Outstanding Criminology Intern."

“Sa mga taong nasa likod ng tagumpay ko, Maraming Salamat po sa walang sawang pagtulong, sa mga individual na Hindi nag atubiling mag abot ng tulong maliit man o malaki ito ay may malaking naiambag sakin sa panahon ng aking pag aaral. Dalangin ko ang mahabang Buhay at pagpapala sa inyong lahat,” she said in her Facebook post after graduation ceremony on July 19, 2023.

It can be read from the mentioned post that her goal was to obtain a license, something she has already accomplished.

Congratulations, Lady Anne!

— Noel Ed Richards, The Summit Express

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