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.