Filipino to remain part of college curriculum


BAGUIO CITY: The Supreme Court (SC) has halted a move to delete Filipino and Panitikan subjects in the college curriculum.

During Tuesday’s en banc deliberations, it issued an indefinite temporary restraining order (TRO) against the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) memorandum that effectively removed the subject from the General Education Curriculum (GEC).

The stay order was issued without giving due course to a petition filed by group of college professors nationwide.

Named respondents in the case are President Benigno Aquino 3rd and CHED Chairman Patricia Licuanan.

The 15-man tribunal ordered CHED to lodge its comment within 10 days from notice.

The petition was filed by the group of professors in Filipino headed by National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera.

The petitioners said removing Filipino from the curriculum will cause over 10,000 full-time and 20,000 part-time Filipino professors to lose their jobs or settle for lower pay.

Subject of the questioned petition is CHED Memorandum (CMO) No. 20, series of 2013.

Under the memorandum, Filipino will no longer be part of the GEC by 2016 and and that the teaching of Filipino at the college level will be limited to Filipino majors and Education in Filipino majors.

Justification made by CHED for its removal is that the subject would be covered in Grades 11 and 12 under the new K-12 curriculum.

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ National Committee on Language and Translation contested the same.

The commission and other petitioners said the CHED memorandum violates Article XIV, Section 6 of the 1987 Constitution mandating  promotion of the Filipino language.


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  1. JuanInAwhile on

    Implementing the CMO 20, series 2103 would be a sad day for us Filipinos, While other countries are out promoting and developing their own national language, here we are relegating it to the Grade 11 and 12 level and taking it out of the GEC.. virtually saying ..”just keep it down there UNLESS one wants to specialize or master in it”, while other countries are proudly promoting the elegance of their national language and encouraging its use even in international fora.

    This CMO 20, series 2013, would deny the patriotic effort for the Filipino to own and internalize his national language.

    PNoy has been speaking publicly often using our national language. It has been effective.

    I also learned that there is an issue of constitutionality regarding this. Also that this CMO 20, series 2013 was developed and being passed without undergoing public hearing and consultation with the National Commission on Culture and Arts and the National Commission on Language and Translation, two very relevant bodies safeguarding the development of the Filipino person.

    Where is Secretary Luistro in this arena? Was he consulted ?

    Is this another decision developed in confidence with select persons? Who gets blamed if this CMO 20, series 2013 fails to fly?

    I am sad and I am sure many would, too, if this CMO 20, series 2013 is implemented.

  2. JuanInAwhile on

    What is wrong with our leaders. This CMO 20, series 2013 is a terrible, unpatriotic and shameful move to relegate the need to grow and internalize our own language only until Grades 11 and 12 and taking it out in the GEC… …virtually saying NO NEED to take it up again and improve on it in College UNLESS one wants to master or specialize in it ! WOW .. while other countries are heavily promoting their own language with pride and even using it in formal and international fora, here we are demeaning it to Grade 11 and 12 level. SHAME … SHAME ON US AS A PEOPLE IF WE DO THIS !!!

    PNoy keeps speaking in our national language publicly …and being effective in doing so … and yet we are virtually “killing” our own national language in the College level so our College graduates can own and internalize it without need to be “master or doctor” of the language.

    Something sounds wrong and unconstitutional. And without any public hearing or consultation with the National Commission on Culture and Arts and the National Commission on Language and Translation !!!

    Is this consistent with a process of national decisions being implemented after “confidential discussion and approval with just one or two trusted persons ? Who then should be blamed for this “unpatriotic” act ?? Where is Secretary Luistro in this arena? Was he informed and included in the development of this CMO 20, series 2103 ?

    I am sad !!!! And ashamed if this CMO 20, series 2103 is implemented. And I am sure many would !!! What a country !!!