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PETITION Kto12 Filipino Departments

PETITION Kto12 Filipino Departments

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A PETITION Urging the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Commission on the Filipino Language/Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF), National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Philippine Congress, Philippine Senate, Philippine Universities, and other Concerned Agencies and Institutions to Support the Retention and Strengthening of Filipino Departments in higher educational institutions (HEIs) by working for the crafting of mandatory subjects on Philippine language, literature, culture and society to be handled by the said departments at the university level if the K to 12 program will push through
A PETITION Urging the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Commission on the Filipino Language/Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF), National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Philippine Congress, Philippine Senate, Philippine Universities, and other Concerned Agencies and Institutions to Support the Retention and Strengthening of Filipino Departments in higher educational institutions (HEIs) by working for the crafting of mandatory subjects on Philippine language, literature, culture and society to be handled by the said departments at the university level if the K to 12 program will push through

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 A PETITIONUrging the Commission on Higher Education (CHED),Commission on the Filipino Language/Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF),National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Philippine Congress,Philippine Senate, Philippine Universities, and other Concerned Agenciesand Institutionsto Support the Retention and Strengthening of FilipinoDepartments in higher educational institutions (HEIs) by working for thecrafting of mandatory subjects on Philippine language, literature, cultureand society to be handled by the said departments at the university level if the K to 12 program will push through
(NOTE: THIS IS A DRAFT. Please send an email to dmmsanjuan@gmail.com  or a text message to0917-8959-434for comments and suggestions. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORTFOR THIS.IF YOU SUPPORT THE PETITION IN PRINCIPLE, SEND YOUR NAME ANDAFFILIATION TO THE AFOREMENTIONED AND YOUR NAME WILL BE ADDEDSOON. WE ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO SHARE/REPOST THIS AND URGEOTHERS TO SUPPORT THIS PETITION. THE FILIPINO TRANSLATION WILL BERELEASED SOON AFTER THIS DRAFT IS FINALIZED.)Whereas
, in a September 2012 report by the Philippine Daily Inquirer
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, Dr. PatriciaLicuanan, the CHED chairperson, urged HEIs to “come up with a good idea,” on howto resolve the dilemma of not having freshmen students in 2016 due to theKindergarten to Grade 12 (K to 12) program, and promised “support” for such,
Whereas
, educators in both public and private HEIs – especially those teachingsubjects under the current General Education Curriculum (GEC) A and B mandated byCHED Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 59 Series of 1996 and CMO No. 4 Series of 1997respectively – are apprehensive that the K to 12 program would not only create thedilemma of HEIs having no freshmen students in 2016, but also actually decrease thenumber of subjects and units under the proposed Kto12-compliant Revised CollegeGeneral Education Curriculum (RGEC),
Whereas
, in the most recent draft RGEC crafted by the CHED Technical Panel onGeneral Education, there are only 36 units, and not even one unit is allotted tosubjects taught by the Filipino departments at the university level
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,
Whereas
, such seeming disregard for the subjects taught by the Filipinodepartments might increasingly weaken their capability to pursue theconstitutionally-mandated goal of propagating the national language and culture ineducation and research, at all levels,
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Whereas
, in a number of universities where the Filipino departments teach onlysubjects under the current GEC considering that they don’t offer a bachelor’sdegree on Filipino language or Philippine Studies – the obliteration of the Filipinodepartments is imminent, if the K to 12 program is implemented,
Whereas
, we are very much concerned that the official language; the language of the masses; the language that unites our archipelago; the language that is veryeffective in inculcating Filipino culture, deepening our students’ understanding of oursociety, and molding the Filipino identity – the Filipino language – is unjustly sidelinedby the current educational reforms,
Whereas
, the Filipino departments at the university level are duty-bound to lead theacademe’s efforts in preserving the gains and further strengthening the country’snational language and culture through their effective propagation, mainly in the fieldof higher education,
Whereas
, it is necessary to reverse any policy that might weaken or even obliteratethe Filipino departments in Philippine universities, as it is unimaginable for anycountry to lack an academic department in its universities that offer training andcourses in and on that country’s national language (in the Philippines’ case, a Filipinodepartment),
Whereas
, transferring the Filipino subjects under the old GEC to the senior highschool/junior college under the K to 12 program won’t be enough to effectivelydeepen the typical students’ skills in using the Filipino language, understandinghis/her society, and appreciating his/her country’s culture,
NOW THEREFORE, we resolve as it is hereby resolved to urge theCommission on Higher Education (CHED), Commission on the FilipinoLanguage/Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF), National Commission onCulture and the Arts (NCCA), Philippine Congress, Philippine Senate,Philippine Universities, and other Concerned Agencies and Institutions tosupport the retention and strengthening of Filipino Departments in highereducational institutions (HEIs) by working for the crafting of mandatorysubjects on Philippine language, literature, culture and society to behandled by the said departments at the university level, if the K to 12program will push through.As our additional contribution, we incorporate a draft concept paper onpossible mandatory subjects on Philippine language, literature, culture andsociety at the university level, in this petition. Through this petition, wealso signify our willingness to further explain our ideas through dialogues,meetings etc. with concerned individuals, agencies and institutions.As a proof of our collective concurrence and resolve to support this petition,we hereby put our names and our institutional and/or organizational
 
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(for the purpose of identification only as we are joining this petition on our individual capacity only and not to represent our particular institutions and/or organizations)
below:Concept Paper on the Proposed Mandatory Subjects onPhilippine Language, Literature, Culture and SocietyIntroduction
Language, literature and culture are among the pillars of a strong society. Indeed,these are the very glue that binds the peoples of a country together. Our sharedknowledge and traditions are mirrored by our national language, our literature andour culture. Internally, without a solid and comprehensive understanding andappreciation of our language, literature and culture, the foundations on which ouryoung republic stands would be weakened.Amidst the onslaught of unbridled globalization, our national language, literature andculture our only strong defenses against the ills brought by cultural imperialism andthe economic dependence on foreign countries that it breeds. Constructively, ournational language, literature and culture are also our contributions to the global bankof shared knowledge(s) from which all countries may find something useful to theirown context, as the positive aspects of globalization such as multilingualism andmulticulturalism blossom.Hence, strengthening our national language, literature and culture in highereducation, is a necessary ingredient to achieve not only national progress anddevelopment, but also contribute something to the emerging globalization of sharedknowledge(s).
General Objectives
1.To pursue the constitutionally-mandated objectives of propagating nationallanguage and culture2.To strengthen the students’ concept of national identity and culture3.To develop and deepen appreciation of our own culture

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