KWF pursues campaign to professionalize translation service

MANILA A meeting in Manila next month will seek to generate initial inputs for professionalizing the translation service in the country.

Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) and University of Santo Tomas (UST) partnered to hold the Aug. 5-7 Pambansang Kumperensiya at Kongreso sa Pagsasalin to discuss how to go about professionalizing the translation service.

There's need to already put things in order particularly since demand for translation is increasing, said KWF translation chief, John Enrico Torralba.

Among the sectors needing translation services are manufacturing and show business, as he noted the increasing broadcast of foreign shows dubbed in Filipino.

He added that the manufacturing sector needs labels with translation of product descriptions.

The translations must be correct, he said.

Torralba noted that professionalization will require government accreditation for people trained in translation, to help enhance the services they will provide.

It'll also pave the way towards standardizing (the) accredited translators' payment rates, he said.

The Pambansang Kumperensiya at Kongreso sa Pagsasalin will serve as venue for discussing such concerns and other translation-related matters, he noted.

'Ang papel ng pagsasalin sa interaktibong ugnayan ng wikang pambansa at mga wikang katutubo' is the event's theme in line with the UN-led celebration of 2019 as International Year of Indigenous Languages.

National Artist and KWF Chairperson Virgilio Almario is among the resource persons scheduled to speak at the event, said UST in a statement.

Translators, people who want to learn translation, language and culture teachers, publishers and researchers are some of the participants expected at the event.

Parties interested in attending the event have until Wednesday (July 31) to register through the link https://forms.gle/9mz4n2JYwRiFhZLL9 and pay the PHP2,500 registration fee per participant.

The public can contact the UST Sentro sa Salin at Araling Salin regarding registration and other details. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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