Monday, May 5, 2008


Is the situation that bleak? Is it really going to happen? It will, if we don’t act now and publicize the issue. The more people aware of the dying Philippine languages situation the more people will get involved. It is the awareness of the issue that could be the first step of saving our other languages – it was when I learned of this condition that I got involved. Everyone esp. those of the “minority” tongues should get involved.
It’s good to note several politicians are conscious of this and are acting fast though I prefer short term and feasible solution first at the moment. Federalization is a long process and I’m not sure whether it would happen (change in the system of government) soon. But it is the best solution.

Ethno-linguistic minorities
in a federal government

By Prof. Fred Cabuang

IN a surprising move, Sen. Aquilino Pimentel and other senators recently sponsored a multi-party resolution for the federalization of the Philippines. It proposes the creation of states that will establish 11 centers of finance and development in the archipelago.

These states are Northern Luzon, Central Luzon, Southern Tagalog, Bicol, Minparom (Mindoro Oriental, Mindoro Occidental, Palawan, Romblon and Marinduque), Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, Western Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Southern Mindanao and BangsaMoro (Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, (Shariff Kabunsuan) Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi).

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