At least two senators have already spoken up against the controversial memorandum of the Commission on Higher Education’s removal of Filipino and Panitikan as mandatory college subjects.
Senator Paolo “Bam” Aquino expressed his belief that Filipino and Panitikan subjects in college will positively influence the youth. He also shared that learning these subjects in college helped deepen his sense of nationalism.
Aquino said, “Sa kolehiyo lumalim ang pagmamahal ko sa bayan. Kaya mahalaga na hanggang tertiary level, tuloy-tuloy ang pag-aaral at pagpapalalim sa ating pagiging Pilipino, at malaking bahagi dito ang literature.”
Aquino, who is vice chair of the Senate committee on education, arts and culture added that it’s important for the youth to get to know Filipino literary writers of the past and the present.
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian also agreed with the sentiments as he urged CHED to reconsider its decision. He said, “Sana ay magbago ang isip ng CHED (I hope CHED changes its mind). I am hoping that Chairman (Prospero) Popoy de Vera will see the wisdom in including Filipino and Panitikan as core general education (GE) courses.”
Gatchalian, who chairs the Senate sub-committee on education reform said that learning Filipino should continue until college. He said, “As our national language, it is important for Filipino to be taught at all levels of education, including college. It is not enough to teach this only in senior high school.”
Recently, the Supreme Court has decided to make CHED’s Memorandum No. 20 series of 2013 valid. With the decision, it has lifted the temporary restraining order against the removal of Filipino and Panitikan as core college subjects.