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Filipino advocates secure CHED memo returning Filipino subjects in college curriculum

20 July 2016 No Comment

19 July 2016
Reference: ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio Tinio (09209220817)

At the urging of ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio L. Tinio and Filipino advocates led by Tanggol Wika and anti-K to 12 petitioners, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) chief Patricia Licuanan issued a Memorandum yesterday titled “Clarification on the Implementation of CMO No. 20 Series of 2013 Entitled ‘General Education Curriculum Holistic Understandings Intellectual and Civic Competencies'”.  The memorandum reverses CHED Memorandum Order 20, series of 2013 removing Filipino subjects from the college Revised General Education Curriculum and orders all public and private higher education institutions (HEIs) to require six to nine units of Filipino.

CHED issued the clarification as one of its commitments at a dialogue which Tinio held on July 13 between Licuanan, CHED Commissioner Cynthia Bautista, and representatives of faculty and non-teaching personnel of HEIs.

Tinio and the other participants revealed that, despite a restraining order issued by the Supreme Court in April 2015 preventing CHED and HEIs from implementing the removal of Filipino in the new GEC, among others, Filipino teachers in college were among those retrenched prior to the opening of the 2016-2017 academic year based on projected low freshmen enrollment.  Several HEIs also closed Filipino departments and programs, resulting to the loss of jobs of thousands of faculty.

They scored CHED for its failure to implement the restraining order, something that would have prevented the mass layoffs and closure.

Participants in the dialogue include several retrenched faculty and the groups Stop K to 12 Coalition and Tanggol Wika, which petitioned the SC to declare unconstitutional CMO 20 insofar as it removes Filipino, Panitikan, and Philippine Constitution and Government in the college curriculum.

“Despite this belated implementation of the TRO, we laud the return of our national language in our colleges and universities,” said Tinio.  “Tagumpay ito para sa mamamayan, para sa pagpapayabong at pagpapalawak ng kulturang Filipino, isang handog lalo na’t paparating na ang Buwan ng Wika sa Agosto.”

Tinio strongly urged CHED to be proactive in the implementation of its order and ensure that HEIs will indeed return the teaching of Filipino subjects.  Closed departments and programs, he added, should be reopened.

For Tinio and the other anti-CMO 20 petitioners, the fight to fully return Filipino, Panitikan, and Philippine Constitution and Government in the college curriculum still continues, with the SC set to finally resolve their petition in July or August.

Participants in the CHED dialogue also included the Council of Teachers and Staff of Colleges and Universities of the Philippines who raised the mass dismissal of faculty and staff in colleges and universities to the attention of CHED and Department of Labor and Employment representatives as well as other labor implications of K to 12.

CHED and DOLE committed to amend their guidelines on the scholarships, grants, the Adjustment Measures Program, and other assistance programs for displaced faculty, to extend aid to those no longer attached to any HEI, streamline the procedure, among others.  They also promised to make necessary inter-agency interventions (with the DepEd and TESDa) to address the labor implications of K to 12. ###

CHED Memoramdum  clarifying  the Implementation of Filipino Subjects in College Curriculum.  Please see link below.


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