City launches chabacano workbook PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 June 2011 14:46

After months of research and preparations, the city-funded chabacano book promoting the use of the language in schools will be formally launched tonight.
El Primer Alfabeto Chabacano is written by Dr. Roberto Torres of Western Mindanao State University and a project of the city government in collaboration with the Department of Education.

It supports the advocacy of using local languages as a medium of instruction for young learners. The book will be distributed for use starting this school year in pilot schools.

At the launch, Mayor Celso Lobregat will welcome dignitaries and other guests and Dr. Torres will deliver his message.
The project earned the praise of DepEd officials. In fact, in his recent visit to the city, DepEd Assistant Secretary for Planning and Development Jesus Lorenzo Mateo, lauded the city’s efforts to encourage the use of MTBMLE in the schools.

“This will be a model and encourage other local government units (LGUs) to develop some materials in the context of their locality,” Mateo said.
The department had been endorsing MTBMLE in public schools as a means of improving the quality of learners in the country.

Aside from being a means to improving the quality of instruction in public education, El Primer Alfabeto Chabacano also promotes the local language and cultural heritage. — Claudine Uniana/City Hall PIO