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2 Tomasinong propesor, pinarangalan ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino

Dahil sa kanilang husay sa paggamit at pagpapalaganap ng wikang Filipino sa larangan ng edukasyon, pinarangalan ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) ang dalawang propesor ng Unibersidad sa Gabi ng Gawad

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Dahil sa kanilang husay sa paggamit at pagpapalaganap ng wikang Filipino sa larangan ng edukasyon, pinarangalan ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) ang dalawang propesor ng Unibersidad sa Gabi ng Gawad na ginanap noong Biyernes, ika-19 ng Agosto, sa Bahay ng Alumni, Unibersidad ng Pilipinas, Diliman.

Hinirang na isa sa anim na mga Kampeon ng Wika si Fortunato Sevilla III, propesor emeritus at dating dekano ng Kolehiyo ng Agham, dahil sa kanyang husay sa pagtuturo ng agham gamit ang wikang Filipino.

Kinilala din ng Komisyon ang pagsasalin ni Sevilla ng talaulitan ng mga elemento sa naturang wika pati rin ang kanyang mga saliksik at tuklas.

“Ginagamit ko ang Filipino sa aking pagtuturo dahil gusto kong mabisa akong maintindihan ng aking mga mag-aaral at hangad ko na madali silang matuto,” ani Sevilla sa kanyang talumpati ng pagtanggap.

Sa isang panayam sa TomasinoWeb, dagdag ni Sevilla na nais niyang “makarating ang agham sa mga masa o sa labas ng unibersidad” sa pamamagitan ng paggamit ng pamilyar na wika kumpara sa wikang Ingles.

“Gamitin ang Filipino dahil iyon ang natural,” payo ni Sevilla sa mga Tomasino.

Ikinatuwa rin niya na hindi minamaliit ang wikang Filipino sa Unibersidad. Ayon sa kanya, ginagamit ito hindi lamang sa mga pagpupulong kundi maging sa taunang Dangal ng UST, o ang pagbibigay ng parangal sa mga natatanging Tomasinong guro, at sa seremonya ng pagtatapos sa Kolehiyo ng Agham.

Hiling ni Sevilla, “Sana magkaroon ng special statement ang UST na itaguyod ang wikang Filipino.”

Samantala, iginawad naman ng Gawad KWF sa Sanaysay 2016 ang ikalawang gantimpala kay Ferdinand Lopez, propesor ng panitikan sa Pakultad ng Sining at Panitik at Paaralang Gradwado, para sa kanyang sanaysay na “May Tamang Lugar at Panahon: Ang Paghahanap sa Pira-pirasong Langit ng Tundo.”

Para kay Lopez mahalaga ang parangal na kanyang natanggap dahil ito ang kauna-unahang kompetisyon sa pagsulat na kaniyang sinalihan. “Sana hindi maging huli,” biro pa niya.

Inaasahan niya ang mga Tomasino na pahalagahan at gamitin “nang may pride” ang wikang pambansa.

Tumanggap siya ng P20,000 bilang gantimpala.

Tinanghal naman na Mananaysay ng Taon si Reyzeljan Josef Delos Trinos, mula sa UP-Baguio. Samantala, ang ikatlong gantimpala ay iginawad kay Dorothy Javier, propesor ng teolohiya sa De La Salle University-Manila.

Kinilala rin ang ilang guro mula sa iba’t ibang bahagi ng bansa bilang mga Dangal ng Wika at mga Ulirang Guro.

Ginunita rin sa nasabing pagdaraos ang ika-138 na kaarawan ng dating Pangulong Manuel L. Quezon, na kilala bilang “Ama ng Wikang Pambansa”, at ipinagdiwang ang ika-25 na anibersaryo ng pagkakatatag ng KWF.

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Martial law victims slam Marcos day

Martial Law victims condemned the approval of House Bill No. 7137 bill declaring Sept. 11 a non-working holiday in Ilocos Norte to commemorate the birth of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. 

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Martial Law victims condemned the approval of House Bill No. 7137 bill declaring Sept. 11 a non-working holiday in Ilocos Norte to commemorate the birth of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. 

Bantayog ng mga Bayani Executive Director Ma. Cristina Rodriguez said that it is “harmful to the country’s history” as it could generate misleading facts that can confuse younger generations. 

“Kapag hinayaan mo ang probinsya niya na i-honor parin siya, ang harm niyan hindi lang sa probinsya niya kung hindi sa buong bansa,” Rodriguez said. 

According to Rodriguez, the Marcoses should be held accountable for the youth to understand the atrocities during Martial Law. 

She stressed that Ilocos Norte should instead “be ashamed” as they “fully benefited” from Marcos, while Mindanao was bombed and Cagayan Valley and Samar’s forest were industrially logged. 

“Sa totoo lang ang dapat maging attitude ng mga taga-Ilocos Norte ay bumawi naman kayo. ‘Wag niyo nang igasgas sa sugat ang asin,” Rodriguez said. 

Rodriguez also said that the national government should not acknowledge the bill to “hold a moral position” on the abuses inflicted by the Marcoses. 

“Yung mga nakinabang sa Martial Law at sa panahon ni Marcos gusto nila ‘yan. Dapat yung ating pagsusulat ng kasaysayan at pagtuturo ng kasaysayan ay tama,” Martial Law political prisoner Cris Palabay said. 

Palabay urged the youth not to forget the atrocities during the Martial Law. 

“Huwag po tayong matakot, lagi ko nga po sinasabi yung culture of fear, culture of silence, dapat yan ay labanan, tiyak yan, mas maraming magagandang mangyayari,” Palabay said. 

The webinar, “Francisco de Vitoria: Linggo ng Karapatang Pantao – Talakayang Batas Militar” was organized by UST SIMBAHAYAN Community Development Office to shed light on the abuse of human rights amid the pandemic. Cherizza Mae Bautista

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Filipino environmental advocates demand for ‘better normal’

Filipino youth advocates on climate change and various environmental organizations on Wednesday, Sept. 23, demanded a “better normal” to put everyone, and the environment in front.

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Filipino youth advocates on climate change and various environmental organizations on Wednesday, Sept. 23, demanded a “better normal” to put everyone, and the environment in front.

“As youth leaders, as young people, we have been active in different forms of advocacy work to forward our legitimate concerns on government policies, but particularly those related to environment and climate, and to those policies that will directly affect us,” said youth representative Jeff Estela during the online press conference.

Estela stressed the recent suppression of the freedom of speech, following the passage of the Anti-Terror Law.

Last July, youth environmental activist Greta Thunberg called to repeal the said law, citing that it equates environmental activism with terrorist activities.

“With the current move and actions of the government, this can be used to intensify the intimidation, fear-mongering, and the present attacks on the environmental defenders and advocates,” Estela said.

Environmental lawyer and activist Atty. Antonio La Viña emphasized the need of the youth to make strong demands, and to take direct action to appeal to the decision makers.

“I think the time now is to be really radical about the solutions,” he said.

La Viña highlighted the benefit of listening to indigenous people, as it will prevent further damage in nature such as the construction of Kaliwa Dam.

Yung climate change is not about carbon. It is not about emissions, ‘di ba? It’s not about markets. It’s on people,” he said. “Tao. Lalo na mahihirap.

Transition of renewable energy, according to La Viña, produces sustainable and cheap energy for everyone.

“Renewable energy is the future, the economics are there for it, and we just have to take very strong action to go to the transition very close to energy,” he said.

The online press conference, “National Youth Demands: Youth Declaration for Climate Justice,” with the theme “Para sa Klimabukasan,” was organized by Youth Strike 4 Climate Philippines in solidarity with global movements inspired by Thunberg. Vhey Dela Cruz Tapia

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‘Democratic spaces shrink amid COVID-19 pandemic’—PhilRights exec

Philippine Human Rights Information Center (PhilRights) executive director expressed concern over reduction of civic and democratic spaces in the country as an effect of the “worsening spate” of extra-judicial killings amid COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Philippine Human Rights Information Center (PhilRights) executive director expressed concern over reduction of civic and democratic spaces in the country as an effect of the “worsening spate” of extra-judicial killings amid COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Transparency and accountability are not government priorities. A culture of impunity continues to be perpetuated by the government,” PhilRights Executive Director Nymia Pimentel-Simbulan said. 

Simbulan, who is also the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of UP Manila, emphasized that passing the Anti-Terror Law of 2020 and lowering the age of criminal liability are “anti-people policies” propagated by the government’s legal apparatus. 

“Part of the efforts of the government to discourage protest actions, political actions intended to call the attention of the government to policies and programs that are anti-people is the framing of civic participation as a destabilizing force,” she said.

Duterte’s core principle of governance

Simbulan condemned the blatant red-tagging of democrative defenders and government critics that recently claimed the lives of Randall Echanis and Zara Alvarez, further highlighting the 2019 Global Peace Index which placed the Philippines as the second least peaceful country in the Asia-Pacific. 

She noted that the government playbook normalizes violence as there are efforts being undertaken by the administration to “make people accept violence” as part of their daily lives.

“President Duterte’s core principle of governance is violence, and even the international community has not failed to recognize this,” Simbulan said. 

However, Simbulan said that there are “glimmers of hope” in different forms of resistance such as continued mobilizations, documentations, and lobbying of petitions in Congress and Supreme Court. 

The webinar titled, “Francisco de Vitoria Linggo ng Karapatang Pantao” was spearheaded by the UST – Simbahayan Community Development Program as a part of the annual human rights activities series every September.

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