Issue of May 5, 2019

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NCCA calls for strengthening of Filipino as national language
by Carlito C. Dar / PIA

National Commission on Culture and the Arts Chairperson Virgilio Almario called for the strengthening of Filipino as a learning subject and as a medium of instruction up to the tertiary level.

Almario, in his keynote message during the KaSuGuFil (Kalipunan ng mga Superbisor at Guro sa Filipino) 10th National Congress at the Teachers Camp in Baguio on April 27, said the protection and use of Filipino language is provided in the Constitution.

“Even though it is a non-self-executory provision, it must be implemented because a national language is an inherent part of any country,” he said.

He disclosed reports reaching their office that some colleges and universities are closing or taking out Filipino subjects from their curriculum, which also threatens the job of Filipino teachers.

Almario clarified that it has been the position of NCCA through the Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino that Filipino and Philippine literature must be taught up to the tertiary level for the enrichment of the national language and in widening its intellectual usage.

Kailangan patuloy na ituro ang Filipino at panitikan sa tertiary level. Hindi sapat ang pagtuturo sa batayang edukasyon kung nais nating umunlad ang wikang pambansa at maging tunay na intelektwalisado ang paggamit nito. Dapat na tuloy-tuloy na itinuturo at ginagamit ang wikang Pilipino sa pagtuturo ng wika at panitikan hanggang sa mga unibersidad,” Almario said.

He also called on Filipino teachers to continue capacita-ting themselves with the right teaching competencies and training and to help in researching ways to further enrich the country’s national language and to widen its intellectual usage.

Ang aming pangarap para sa inyo at sa lahat ng guro sa wikang Pilipino ay magpatuloy kayong mag-aral, magpakahusay sa pagtuturo, lalo na ngayon sa pagsasaliksik  dahil sa gusto natin na ang mga guro sa wikang Pilipino, kayo, ay maging mga huwaran kung paano gagamitin ng matalino ang ating Wikang Pambansa,” he said.

He also encouraged the KaSuGuFil congress participants to report to NCCA universities or colleges that are taking out Filipino subjects in their curriculum.

Almario said that the NCCA has talked with Senate President Vicente Sotto III for the enactment of another law that will preserve and strengthen the use of Filipino and other indigenous language of the country.

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