We’ve been quite critical of Baguio Congressman Mauricio Domogan but we are not blind to the good things he has done or tries to do.
In one of our early blog posts, we noted that Domogan filed a bill in Congress which seeks to mandate the teaching of Cordillera languages in our region’s universities. We identified such bill as our favorite of all the bills filed by Cordi Congressmen.
Domogan’s bill went nowhere in the previous do-nothing Congress so we’re glad to know that he is filing it again. We’re not quite sure if this re-filed bill will have a better fate but we have to acknowledge Domogan’s persistence. Here’s Dexter See’s article from the Manila Bulletin:
Solon seeks teaching of 8 Cordillera dialects in colleges, universities
By DEXTER A. SEE
BAGUIO CITY — Higher-education institutions in the Cordillera Region would be directed to teach their students the eight major languages in the region.
This developed after Baguio City Rep. Mauricio G.Domogan filed House Bill (HB) 1021 directing the teaching and learning of the eight major Cordillera languages as optional subjects with accredited units on the tertiary level of education in the Cordillera.
Domogan said that the teaching of Cordillera languages on the tertiary level, particularly Baguio Ilocano, Ifugao, Inibaloi, Kankana-ey, Kalinga, Isneg, Tingguian, and Ifontok is pursuant to the constitutional provision on culture.
The Baguio lawmaker said that the teaching and learning of a particular language are among the surest ways to express the cultural heritage of the people and bring about pride for one’s culture,deeper patriotism, unity, and solidarity.
Under the proposed law, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) would be tasked to implement and prescribe the rules and regulations governing its implementation.
At the same time, the different colleges and universities in the region would have the option to agree with CHED on how many of the eight languages may be taught by them.
If any part of the bill is declared unconstitutional or invalid, such declaration would not affect the other provisions of the measure.
Domogan expressed confidence that the measure will be given due course by the 14th Congress, saying this would pave the way for cultural awareness among the people of the region and students from other regions who want to learn the culture of the Cordillerans.
The Cordillera is one of the regions in the country with distinct culture and tradition that are worthy of learning, the congressman said.
Furthermore, Domogan, who is known for his advocacy of the indigenous people’s customs and traditions, said the present generation must preserve the rich culture and tradition of the Cordillera which should be passed on from generation to generation.
But enough with Domogan. This blog is about us hehe. Anyways, how do you say “I love you” in your own language. In Kankanaey, it’s “Laylaydek sik-a”. But I’m sure you know that already.