Opposition to HB4701 which Imposes the Use of English as the Sole Medium of Instruction in Philippine Schools sign now

We are asking you to reconsider your decision on House Bill 4701, "An Act Prescribing the Use of English as the Medium of Instruction in Philippine Schools." As Filipinos abroad, we understand the importance of bilingualism, but also believe in the value of communication using one's mother tongue. In the United States, we have witnessed the growing interest in the Filipino language. There are Filipinos and Filipino-Americans here who are trying to understand the Filipino culture through learning the language. We strongly believe that language is culture, and if we lose our language, we lose our culture.

Although the 2005 Census indicates Tagalog as the 4th most prevalent language spoken in U.S. households, there is still a high demand for Filipino language classes. Research and surveys prove that the Filipino language is important to understanding one's culture and for communication between generations. Educational institutions here have also seen this importance, and thus, offer Filipino language classes and study abroad programs allowing students to return back to their parents' or grandparents' homeland.

To date, there are about 50 U.S. universities, colleges, high schools, and middles schools teaching Filipino. If the Philippines takes the direction of losing Filipino as one of the media of instruction in the educational system, it will signal the demise of courses geared towards the definition of Filipino national identity and culture in the U.S. It will also impact decisions of many school administrators to slash programs for Filipino and Philippine literature so they can transfer the funds to other projects (there is always this competition amongst languages in the schools).

As students, educators, leaders, and allies of the Filipino community, we see the importance of both languages and encourage Filipino to continue being used as a medium of instruction in school. We see the language as vital in understanding the Philippine culture and preserving family ties. We ask you to reconsider the Legislature's decision in hopes of maintaining the Filipino language in education worldwide.

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    i have ALOT of things i can say on this situtation, but i will only say this: the kids over there WILL learn either way if it's by tagalog or whatever. it doesn't really matter, BUT to soley use ENGLISH as the only language to speak is REALLY idiotic and
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    Liberense del yugo estadounidense (yanqui). Luchen por su identidad, y no se olviden del idioma espaсol, que forma parte de su historia y cultura, y que les fue arrebatado por intereses ajenos. / Get rid off the northamerican (yankee) yoke. Fight for your
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    It is important for us to maintain that which makes us unique; language is an important part of holding onto a strong cultural identity, and we should do our best not to undermine that. City, State San Diego, California
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President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and the Philippine Legislature

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