'Filipino subjects in college are more than just language and literature'

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 04 2019 11:57 PM | Updated as of Jun 05 2019 12:21 AM

MANILA - A professor from the Filipino Department of the University of the Philippines Diliman said Filipino subjects in college teach students more than just grammar and literature.

Speaking on ANC's "Beyond Politics," Professor Vladimeir Gonzales said Filipino subjects in college are not just about grammar and lexicon, but also ideology and perspective.

"Bukod sa pananaliksik at balarila, mayroon tayong mga kurso na paano mo iuugnay ang wika sa iyong lipunan, mayroon tayong mga kurso halimbawa na paano ba gagamitin ang Filipino sa iba't ibang tiyak na disiplina," he said.

"Yung papel ng kolehiyo sana sa pagtuturo ng wika at panitikan ay bukod sa pagtukoy nito sa usapin ng anyo, madaling matukoy, ay anong implikasyon nito sa usapin ng pananaw. Paano ito nakakahubog, paano ito nakakapag-iba ng pananaw ng ating mga kababayan at ito sana ang papel ng kolehiyo at iba pang mas mataas na antas," Gonzales added.

CHED earlier said it merely transferred Filipino and Philippine literature to the senior high curriculum. But Gonzales insists there is a big difference between the way these subjects are taught in the secondary and tertiary level.

"May malaki talagang pagkakaiba. Ang pinakamadaling paliwanag siguro ay parang siniksik lahat sa isa o dalawang kurso lamang 'yung mga kurso na maari pang ituro sa kolehiyo nang mas mahabaan," he said.

Gonzales, along with members of Tanggol Wika, a group of teachers against the removal of Filipino as a required subject in college, said the Supreme Court should have at least invited petitioners to an oral argument to better understand why they oppose CHED's memorandum order.

The group also plans to file a motion for reconsideration next week.

"Ang hiling ng Tanggol Wika sa desisyon ng Korte Suprema, magkaroon man lang ng oral arguments, at 'yun 'yung hindi naganap. Kasi tingin namin, doon maipapaliwanag nang maiigi kung saan nanggagaling ang datos at ano 'yung ambag ng mga datos," Gonzales explained.

The Supreme Court last month issued a resolution standing by its October 2018 ruling that upheld the validity of CHED’s Memorandum Order No. 20 which said that Filipino and Panitikan are no longer core subjects in college.

The tribunal temporarily halted CMO 20 in April 2015, but the temporary restraining order was lifted in November last year after the Supreme Court ruled that the K-12 program was constitutional.