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Bill resurrecting traditional PH writing methods is approved by the House.

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The House of Representatives second reading adoption of a bill promoting, safeguarding, and preserving the nation’s indigenous and traditional writing systems was met with opposition.

The proposed “Philippine Indigenous and Traditional Writing Systems Act” was approved by voice vote during the plenary session on Tuesday.

Party-list TINGOG Reps. Jude Acidre and Yedda Romualdez stressed preserving indigenous and traditional writing systems that incorporate Philippine history and culture.

And while ancient writing systems are being revived once more, technological improvements are making them more exposed and prone to misinterpretation and change. To maintain the essential qualities of writing systems, proper and officially recognized standardization, publication, and documentation must be developed, they claimed.

The bill, according to them, aims to employ the Philippine writing systems as instruments to foster cultural development, foster patriotism, and preserve Filipino cultural heritage and identity.

The country’s indigenous and traditional writing scripts are acknowledged in the bill as cultural assets that should be protected and promoted.

The country’s indigenous writing systems must be covered in pertinent basic and higher education disciplines, according to the proposed law.

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts will serve as the primary decision-making body for promoting the Philippines’s indigenous and traditional writing systems.

The proposed law calls on the Department of Education, the Commission on Higher Education, and local governments to lead initiatives to enhance writing system knowledge, notably during Buwan ng Wika and other special occasions and events.

Organizing seminars, conferences, conventions, and symposia, keeping good records of pertinent documents, and preserving oral testimony about these writing systems are all additional ways to promote and preserve these writing systems.

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