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    Aquino, Gatchalian urge CHED to bring back Filipino, Panitikan in college

    MANILA, Philippines – Senators have spoken against the controversial Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Memorandum No. 20 series of 2013 which removed Filipino and Panitikan as mandatory college subjects.

    Senators Sherwin Gatchalian and Bam Aquino hope that CHED would review its decision.
    Senators Sherwin Gatchalian and Bam Aquino hope that CHED would review its decision.

    Senator Paolo “Bam” Aquino IV expressed how important Filipino and Panitikan subjects are. He said that it was because of those subjects in college that he learned to appreciate the language more. He also added that the subjects had helped deepen his sense of nationalism.

    Aquino said, “Sa kolehiyo lumalim ang pagmamahal ko sa bayan. Kaya mahalaga na hanggang tertiary level, tuloy-tuloy ang pag-aaral at pagpapalalim sa ating pagiging Pilipino, at malaking bahagi dito ang literature.”

    Aquino, who is vice chair of the Senate committee on education, arts and culture also shared that it is important for the youth to get to know our Filipino literary writers. He explained, “Kilalanin at ipagmalaki natin ang mga kababayan nating makata’t manunulat na maaaring maging inspirasyon sa ating mga estudyante sa kolehiyo.”

    Aside from Aquino, Senator Sen. Sherwin T. Gatchalian also sided with the Filipino language advocates fighting against the CHED memorandum.

    Gatchalian, the chairman of Senate sub-committee on education reform insisted that learning of the Filipino language should not stop in the tertiary education level.

    He said, “As our national language, it is important for Filipino to be taught at all levels of education, including college. It is not enough to teach this only in senior high school.”

    Gatchalian explained that the removal of Filipino and Panitikan in college shows that they are “unworthy” to be learned. He said, “Sa pagtatanggal ng dating pamunuan ng CHED noon sa Filipino at Panitikan sa kolehiyo para bang sinabi na rin nila na hindi karapat-dapat na mas mataas o mas malalim na pag-aaral ang ating sariling wika at literatura.”

    The senator added that he is hoping that CHED would review its decision. Gatchalian suggested that CHED should seek consultation from experts in the Filipino language.

    There has been an uproar of disapproval from the advocates of the Filipino language after the Supreme Court lifted the temporary restraining order against CHED's memorandum. The said memorandum has been criticized as “Anti-Filipino” after it has ordered that Filipino and Panitikan subjects are no longer required core college subjects.

    — Sally, The Summit Express

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