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BAYBAYIN BILL GETS HOUSE OK – NIETO

The House Committee on Basic Education and Culture chaired by Pasig City Representative Roman Romulo approved House Bill 10469 or the “Philippine Indigenous and Traditional Writing Systems Act”.

The measure is primarily authored by Speaker Lord Allan Velasco and Manila 3rd District Representative John Marvin Nieto.

House Bill 10469aims to promote, protect, and conserve the country’s indigenous and traditional writing systems.

It aims to promote, protect, and conserve the country’s indigenous and traditional writing systems.

The bill would also require the Department of Education (DepEd) and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to include writing systems in relevant subjects of basic and higher education curricula, as well as to create an elective or specialized course in higher education.

“Sa pagkakaroon ng ‘Baybayin’, lalo na natin maitatanim ang pagiging makabayan at ang nasyonalismo sa ating mga kabataan.”

“Sa pagkakaroon ng ‘Baybayin’ bilang elective subject sa kolehiyo at panibagong asignatura sa elementarya at high school, lalo na natin maitatanim ang pagmamahal sa sariling bayan at wika, ang pagiging makabayan at (ang) nasyonalismo sa ating mga kabataan,” Nieto said in his sponsorship remarks.

The panel also moved to make HB 10469 the primary bill in merging it with HBs 490 and 5984.

The two other bills have already been approved by the panel and are in the process of being consolidated.

Romulo also noted that HB 10469 is already an inclusive bill that promotes the various writing systems of the country’s culture.

Moreover, the veteran legislator mentioned that HB 10469 is a re-filed bill that was already approved on 3rd Reading during the 17th Congress.

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