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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau



25 November 2021 04:29:10 PM

The House Committee on Basic Education and Culture chaired by Rep. Roman Romulo (Lone District, Pasig City), in an online meeting Thursday, approved subject to style, House Bill 10469 or the “Philippine Indigenous and Traditional Writing Systems Act.” The measure is primarily authored by Speaker Lord Allan Velasco and Rep. John Marvin Nieto (3rd District, Manila). It aims to promote, protect, and conserve the country's indigenous and traditional writing systems. The bill would also require the Department of Education (DepEd) and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to include writing systems in relevant subjects of basic and higher education curricula, as well as to create an elective or specialized course in higher education. “Sa pagkakaroon ng “Baybayin” bilang elective subject sa kolehiyo at panibagong asignatura sa elementarya at high school, lalo na natin maitatanim ang pagmamahal sa sariling bayan at wika, ang pagiging makabayan at (ang) nasyonalismo sa ating mga kabataan,” Nieto said in his sponsorship remarks. The panel also moved to make HB 10469 the primary bill in merging it with HBs 490 and 5984. The two other bills have already been approved by the panel and are in the process of being consolidated. Romulo also noted that HB 10469 is already an inclusive bill that promotes the various writing systems of the country's culture. Moreover, he mentioned that HB 10469 is a re-filed bill that was already approved on 3rd Reading during the 17th Congress. Meanwhile, the panel also moved to consolidate HBs 10119 and 10299 with the committee’s recently approved HB 9157, which is currently awaiting plenary consideration. The two bills aim to rename the Literacy Coordinating Council to the National Literacy Council. The measures are authored by Deputy Speaker Wes Gatchalian and Rep. Joy Myra Tambunting (2nd District, Parañaque City). The panel also approved HB 3984, seeking to convert the Hibao-an Elementary School in Iloilo City into an integrated Hibao-an Integrated School. The measure is authored by Rep. Julienne Baronda (Lone District, Iloilo City). Lastly, the panel approved HB 10250 which proposes to establish the Mabca National High School in Sagñay, Camarines Sur. The measure is authored by Rep. Arnie Fuentebella (4th District, Camarines Sur).