Baguio congress seeks boosting bid to meet K-12 target

MANILA -- A congress in Baguio City aims to help further promote the use of Filipino in public and private elementary and high schools nationwide, so these institutions can better meet the K-12 curriculum's goal of producing life-long learners, who are ready for tertiary education, middle-level skills development, employment, and entrepreneurship.

Teachers and other delegates to the 10th Pambansang Kongreso sa Wika at Panitikang Filipino on April 27-30 will learn the latest approaches for effectively using Filipino in teaching, Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) senior language researcher, Roy Rene Cagalingan, said.

During the congress, KWF Chairperson Virgilio Almario will discuss research's value to teaching in Filipino, Cagalingan added.

The Kapisanan ng mga Superbisor at Guro sa Filipino (KASUGUFIL), a partner of KWF in promoting Filipino, will conduct the congress at the historic Teachers' Camp.

The 1987 Constitution designated Filipino as the Philippines' national language.

For purposes of communication and instruction, the official languages of the Philippines are Filipino and, until otherwise provided by law, English, the Constitution reads.

Subject to provisions of law and as Congress may deem appropriate, the Constitution notes the government shall take steps to initiate and sustain the use of Filipino as a medium of official communication and as language of instruction in the educational system.

KWF is supporting the congress and helped KASUGUFIL develop the program for this event, Cagalingan said.

He said KWF resource persons, Dr. Galileo Zafra and Dr. Michael Coroza, are some of the congress' speakers.

They will discuss "Ang kasaysayan ng pagbuo ng balarila ng wikang pambansa ni Lope K. Santos" and "Salin tungo sa kontekstuwalisasyon", respectively. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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