Lapid files measure seeking to protect PH traditional writing systems

Lapid files measure seeking to protect PH traditional writing systems

By Liza Soriano

Illustration courtesy of Esquire PH

MANILA — To foster patriotism and social awareness among the populace, Senator Lito Lapid introduced a bill on Tuesday (17 January 2023) to safeguard indigenous and traditional writing systems used in the Philippines, such as Baybayin.

The Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) are required to include indigenous and traditional writing systems in relevant basic and higher education curricula and to create an elective or specialized course in higher education for the study of the same under Senate Bill (S.B.) No. 1680.

“Panahon na upang balikan natin ang ating nakaraan sa pamamagitan ng pag-aaral muli ng isa sa mga mahahalagang piraso ng ating kultura—ang ating mga katutubo at tradisyunal na sistema ng pagsulat gaya ng Baybayin,” Lapid said.

The “Philippine Indigenous and Traditional Writing Systems Act” also aims to initiate or support initiatives that raise awareness of various writing systems, particularly during “Buwan ng Wika” and other similar occasions and events.

“Minsan nang nawala, ngunit hindi nakalimutan, ang Baybayin, kasama ang iba pang katutubo at tradisyunal na mga paraan ng pagsulat, ay dapat pangalagaan at isulong bilang bahagi ng muling pagbangon ng bansa. Isang rin ito sa paraan upang maprotektahan ang mga pamana ng ating mga ninuno at ang pagkakakilanlan ng kulturang Pilipino,” he added.

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