WHEREAS, the Philippines is a multilingual country for which multilingual policies are just, sensible, and timely;
WHEREAS, the Philippine Constitution upholds academic freedom for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and also the freedom of expression;
WHEREAS, the choice of languages should first and foremost be motivated by educational principles and not political machinations;
WHEREAS, Philippine local languages have been effectively pioneered in a variety of higher education contexts from Luzon to Mindanao, Hawaii, and beyond;
WHEREAS, there is no scientific evidence that other languages besides English and Tagalog are innately inadequate for academic discourse;
WHEREAS, the use of mother tongues can enrich classroom discourse and critical thinking, and recent research demonstrates that development of one’s first language correlates with literacy skills in second languages even into adulthood;
WHEREAS, the use of mother tongue in basic education is now institutionalized as part of the Enhanced Basic Education Curriculum (RA 10533);
WHEREAS, Filipino is the national language, it should not be privileged at the expense of others as all Philippine languages are our heritage and collective patrimony, and can be intellectualized through the initiative of their speakers;
WHEREAS, a Filipino language requirement, whether as a subject or as a medium of instruction, contradicts the purpose of General Education;
NOW, THEREFORE, the delegates of the First International Congress on the Ilokano Language duly assembled:
RESOLVED, as it is hereby resolved, TO SUPPORT THE RIGHT TO USE ILOKANO AND OTHER LANGUAGES IN THE GENERAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM (GEC) AND THE TEACHER EDUCATION PRE-SERVICE CURRICULUM
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED
- to declare that the GEC be free from medium of instruction requirements that target a specific language
- that should a Filipino language-related subject be included in the GEC, it should be applicable and open to various Philippine languages
- to revise the Teacher Education Pre-Service Curriculum thoroughly integrating MTBMLE principles and practices across the curriculum and to include local language courses and teaching using the mother tongue.
ADOPTED at the First International Congress on the Ilokano Language held at Hotel Supreme, Baguio City from 23-25 October 2014.