Ka­pam­pan­gan ad­vo­cates urge Guv to op­pose KWF mon­u­ment plan

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! - BY IAN OCAMPO FLORA Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

CITY OF SAN FER­NANDO— Ka­pam­pan­gan language and cul­ture ad­vo­cates here have started an on­line pe­ti­tion to call on Gover­nor Lilia Pineda and other pro­vin­cial govern­ment of­fi­cials to op­pose the pro­posed Ban­tayog-Wika of the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) Pam­panga.

The pe­ti­tion, posted at the world’s plat­form for change, has been at­tract­ing dozens of sup­port­ers from Ka­pam­pan­gans and other lin­guis­tic groups.

The pe­ti­tion said that the Ka­pam­pan­gan language is one of the en­dan­gered

in lan­guages of the Philip­pines, ac­cord­ing to Mike Pangili­nan, lead pro­po­nent of the cam­paign pe­ti­tion.

“Peo­ple are not pass­ing the language on to their chil­dren, in­stead us­ing Ta­ga­log to speak to them. Our prov­ince does not fund re­search in­sti­tutes ded­i­cated to pre­serv­ing the Ka­pam­pan­gan language as a cul­tural trea­sure,” the pe­ti­tion said.

The pe­ti­tion added that “the KWF has en­tered the fray by so­lic­it­ing our lo­cal gov­ern­ments to sup­port the build­ing of a to­ken mon­u­ment to the Ka­pam­pan­gan language. The mon­u­ment is an in­dus­trial tube, in­scribed on which are Ta­ga­log words in the Ta­ga­log script, Bay­bayin.”

The KWF said that the mon­u­ments “aim to en­shrine the coun­try’s indigenous lan­guages by con­struct­ing phys­i­cal struc­tures to sym­bol­ize the sig­nif­i­cance of Philip­pine lan­guages as re­pos­i­tory of Filipino cul­tures’ wealth of indigenous knowl­edge, so­cial val­ues, life prac­tices and t r adi t i ons.”

There are al­ready ten language mark­ers erected as of Oc­to­ber and the KWF is al­most halfway in in­stalling 22 language mark­ers across the coun­try for this year.

How­ever, the pe­ti­tion­ers said that the pro­posed pro­ject is an af­front to Kapma­pan­gan cul­ture.

“We have an ex­ist­ing Ka­pam­pan­gan language and script (Kuli­tan), which we are try­ing to re­vive. It is our in­alien­able right to com­mem­o­rate our own language in our own language and us­ing our own script.

also have the right to speak up against the use of Ka­pam­pan­gan tax­payer money for a to­ken mon­u­ment, while no fund­ing from the same tax purse is al­lot­ted for Ka­pam­pan­gan-language schools and re­search,” the pe­ti­tion said.

The pe­ti­tion aims to call the at­ten­tion of Gover­nor Pineda, Vice-Gover­nor Den­nis Pineda, the Sang­gu­ni­ang Pan­lalaw­igan and the heads of our var­i­ous lo­cal govern­ment units to op­pose the said pro­ject on be­half of the Ka­pam­pan­gan peo­ple.

“Let’s tell them, es­pe­cially Gover­nor Pineda, to of­fer strong re­sis­tance to the con­struc­tion of this use­less mon­u­ment,” the pe­ti­tion added.

We also have the right to speak up against the use of Ka­pam­pan­gan tax­payer money for a to­ken mon­u­ment, while no fund­ing from the same tax purse is al­lot­ted for Ka­pam­pan­gan-language schools and re­search,” the pe­ti­tion said.

The pe­ti­tion aims to call the at­ten­tion of Gover­nor Pineda, Vice-Gover­nor Den­nis Pineda, the Sang­gu­ni­ang Pan­lalaw­igan and the heads of our var­i­ous lo­cal govern­ment units to op­pose the said pro­ject on be­half of the Ka­pam­pan­gan peo­ple.

“Let’s tell them, es­pe­cially Gover­nor Pineda, to of­fer strong re­sis­tance to the con­struc­tion of this use­less mon­u­ment,” the pe­ti­tion added.

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